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Also by Wendelin Van Draanen:

Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City

Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack

The Running Dream

Confessions of a Serial Kisser


Shredderman 1: Secret Identity

Shredderman 2: Attack of the Tagger

by Wendelin Van Draanen
Ages 10-14 240 pages Knopf August 2010 Paperback    

Flipped is what happens to Juli’s heart and head the first time she spots Bryce and his family, moving in next door.

She tries to be subtle, but she has waited a long time to have someone her own age in the neighborhood. Her twin brothers, Matt and Mike, can keep each other company and share an interest in music and bands. Juli just wants to share that kind of bond with someone, but Bryce doesn’t appear to be interested in being friends with a girl. After all, he’s only seven and in the second grade.

Juli is different from every girl Bryce has ever known before, including his older sister. He just can’t seem to disentangle himself from her grasp. She seems to be everywhere at once, whether he’s at home or at school. As the years pass, Bryce seems more and more convinced that his best plan is to steer wide and clear of Juli and her crazy family.

However, Bryce’s grandfather sees a different Juli and knows more about what Bryce needs than Bryce himself. An old sycamore tree, a family dinner and a landscape project will help Bryce to see what he has been missing all along. The plot “flips” back and forth between Bryce and Juli, telling the reader the story from both perspectivesin author Wendelin Van Draanen’s coming-of-age story that deals with sibling rivalry, grandparents, stereotypes and urban sprawl.

Winner of awards in four states in addition to other accolades, Flipped gives the reader characters who they will learn from and cheer for. Middle school readers will add this to their favorites, year after year.
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