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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429936880144 Pages, Ages 8-12
Todd and Amy Davidson may be twins, but they're complete opposites – Todd is organized and is the family "engineer," while Amy is outgoing and has been dubbed the "poet." So it would seem that for a fifth-grade economics project, Todd would come up with a master invention, and Amy would have a blast with her best friends as partners. To their surprise, Todd can't think of a single idea, and Amy gets stuck working with the class crybaby. Then Todd begins writing poetry . . . But this is nothing compared to the switch their parents have made. Their father has been unemployed for months and their mother has started to work at a crafts store. Now there's never enough food in the house, everybody is always on edge, and when Amy's friends come over after school, they find Mr. Davidson, uncombed and unshaven, in his ratty old bathrobe. Will life ever return to normal?
With chapters that alternate between Todd's and Amy's points of view, this novel is a realistic and sometimes funny portrayal of a family adapting to changing roles.
Trading Places is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Children's Crown Collection, NCSA, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), South Dakota Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award ML, Children's Crown Collection (National Christian Schools Association), GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, SD Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award ML, Prairie Pasque Master List, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List
It was Monday morning of the first full week of school, and Todd Davidson's house was in its usual cheerful chaos--except for the empty place at the kitchen table where his father should have...