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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


David Lubar



Flip is a propulsive standalone science fiction novel for middle grade readers by acclaimed author David Lubar now available in trade paperback.

Eighth-graders Ryan and Taylor are twins, but that's where the similarities end.

Their parents and teachers think Taylor is the perfect student. Ryan never met a test he couldn't fail. In fact, failure is what he does best. But they share at least one thing in common: nothing is turning out as they planned. It's as if the rules have suddenly changed. No matter who you are, everyone wants you to be someone else. But who?

They may have found the answer: magical alien disks that allow them to "flip" into the character of a hero from the past—Einstein, Cleopatra, Hercules. The possibilities are endless. As Ryan and Taylor discover, being a hero is fun. It's being yourself that is really hard.

Flip is a fast and funny coming-of-age adventure that will appeal to avid and reluctant readers alike, by David Lubar, the beloved author of the popular Weenies short-story collections.

VOYA Best SciFi/Fant/Horror, VOYA's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, PA Keystone State Reading Association Young Adult Book Award, PA Keystone State YA Book Award, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Praise for Flip

“The SF aspects of the story and the information about legends from the past are cleverly interwoven with such adolescent issues as friendship and peer pressure, dealing with bullies, and finding one's identity. This is an enjoyable read that will appeal to both boys and girls.” —KLIATT

“[A] spaceship dropping magical artifacts to Earth becomes secondary to a complex, believable character study…. A multi-level tale, well told.” —Publishers Weekly

“The narrative jumps nimbly between the siblings and also includes their meek but funny friends Ellis and the school bully, who is headed for an inevitable showdown with Ryan. [A] pleasant choice for humorous science fiction fans.” —School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads

David Lubar

DAVID LUBAR created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is also the author of True Talents, Extremities, the popular Weenies short story collections, and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series, which has been optioned for TV. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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