Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374357528, 240pp.
Publication Date: August 8, 2006
Danny Bell's problems can be summed up in three simple words: Mum and Dad. His mother has left home, and his father spends all his time slumped in front of the TV, dreaming of the good old days when he was a nearly famous rock star. So when Danny hears about ParentSwap™, a secret London agency that helps kids find the parents they deserve, it doesn't take him long to contact it. Thanks to ParentSwap™, Danny's life is transformed. It's bye-bye to his misfit, loser family and hello perfect parents. But why does Danny have a niggling feeling that there is more to ParentSwap™ than meets the eye? Is it his imagination, or are the strange things that happen to him being somehow organized, directed - even watched over?
Terence Blacker's funny, clever, fast-moving story is set in a world just like our own - a world where reality is just another TV concept.
TERENCE BLACKER is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Angel Factory and Boy2Girl, an IBBY Honor Book. He lives in Norfolk, England.
"A satisfying, entertaining spoof on both a common teenage desire and reality show culture." --Kirkus Reviews "Humorous and ultimately tender." --School Library Journal "Some priceless moments." --Publishers Weekly