By Martyn Bedford
(Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780385739900, 272pp.)
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to bed. He wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it's the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers.
And when he looks in the mirror, another boy's face stares back at him. A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life, he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else.
Questions of identity, the will to survive, and what you're willing to sacrifice to be alive make this extraordinary book impossible to put down.
MARTYN BEDFORD has written five adult novels, including The Houdini Girl (Vintage). A former journalist, he teaches at Leeds Trinity University College. Martyn lives in West Yorkshire, England, with his wife and two daughters. Flip is his first novel for young adults.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011:
"Bedford packs so much exhilarating action and cleanly cut characterizations into his teen debut that readers will be catapulted headfirst into Alex’s strange new world...The mysteries are countless: What is a soul? Where does it go when its human host ceases to function? Bedford adeptly sweeps the existential curtain aside and tackles these heavy questions as the tension soars."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
"It’s an immediately engaging story, with careful pacing and strong characterizations that add depth to the basic premise...The author uses Alex’s predicament to examine questions of identity, family, and the human soul in ways that are involving and thought-provoking."