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Switched at Birthday


"A wish, a shared birthday and some “theater magic” transform the lives of two young teens.... Standiford’s adept portrayal of the evolution of the girls’ self-awareness conveys a meaningful message about empathy and forgiveness.... A characteristically insightful tale that affirms the importance of true friendship and self-acceptance."

"The girls’ alternating first-person narrative plots their journey through shock, confusion, and frustration to insight and change. ...Engaging... memorable... This well-paced novel will appeal to readers who loved Wendy Mass’ popular 11 Birthdays."
-Booklist

"In this tale of winners and losers, bullies and victims, Standiford creates authentic characters in situations most middle schoolers have experienced or witnessed.... Standiford makes a statement about self-identity and empathy without moralizing. The magic and humor of the situations combine to create an enjoyable story."
-School Library Journal

"You are in for a treat."





Shirley Jones as Marian the Librarian in the 1962 movie of THE MUSIC MAN

The German cover for SWITCHED AT BIRTHDAY