Sunday, February 5, 2012

TJ and the Time Stumblers "Switched!", by Bill Myers

Still on their quest to teach TJ Finkelstein the life lessons she’ll need to be a great world leader, 23rd-century goofballs Tuna and Herby are brewing up even more trouble for the new kid in Malibu. As the boys try to repair their futuristic gadgets, a little glitch in their Thought Broadcaster Pen lands TJ in the body of her nemesis, TV star Hesper Breakahart . . . and vice versa. And the plot thickens when Tuna and Herby decide to put TJ’s new look and superstar power to use.  There's plenty of lessons to be learned when the characters have a little trouble with forgiveness . . . a lesson that TJ realizes she might also need to learn as she walks a mile in Hesper’s shoes—and body!

I would recommend this fantasy fiction for kids interested in time-travel or unique inventions.  It might be helpful if you were looking for a discussion time on the topic of forgiveness in a light-hearted setting.  The story does switch back and forth with the characters quite often, so a young reader might be challenged to follow the plot.  I believe this book might be good for youth not quite ready for serious literature.
I received a complimentary copy of Switched! from Tyndale House Publisher for my honest opinion.