By Terence Blacker
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374309268, 304pp.)

Publication Date: February 24, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Is he a girl? Is she a boy?

Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be trusted to be a reliable friend? Matthew and his "mates" decide that Sam must undertake a challenge in order to prove himself: he must start off his new year at their school posing as a girl. It turns out that Sam makes a great girl. He fools everyone and has an electrifying effect at Bradbury Hill School. And the longer the prank goes on, the more hilarious -- and serious -- the repercussions.

This brilliant novel shines a laser-sharp beam into the perilous territory of early-teen life, in an unforgettable story of chaos, confusion, and cross-dressing.

About the Author

Terence Blacker is the author of The Angel Factory and the Ms Wiz books, which are bestsellers in Great Britain. He lives in Norfolk, England.

Praise For Boy2Girl

"Blacker brings gender bending to a new level of hilarity and suspense in this contemporary novel set in suburban London. The character of Sam-turned-Samantha will prompt readers to reconsider their preconceptions about the sexes and the roles people play." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

"Amusing gender-swapping tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A fun addition to middle school collections and simply begs guided discussions about the concept of gender." -- School Library Journal

"A lot happens here, and it is all fun.  [An] amusing read."  -- VOYA

"Thought-provoking."  -- Booklist

"This story is a refreshing introduction to the complexities of gender and self-image.  Blacker's style is infinitely accessible and enthralling.  Bravo."  -- SIGNAL

"Boy2Girl is funny, holds the reader's attention, and deals with lots of different subjects with humor, including the death of a parent, weight problems, and divorce... The characters feel like they could be kids at my own school." -- Hope, age 14, a Yalsa Teen YA Galley Reader "I would recommend Boy2Girl for a reluctant reader, male or female, or anyone who just wants a good laugh." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader

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