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.
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.
"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