Freaky Monday

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And you thought Friday was Freaky!

Hadley is pretty much the model student: straight As, perfect attendance, front row in class. So what if she's overstressed and overscheduled. She's got school covered. (Life—not so much.)

Ms. Pitt is the kind of teacher who wants you to call her by her first name and puts all the chairs in a circle and tells her students to feel their book ...

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Overview

And you thought Friday was Freaky!

Hadley is pretty much the model student: straight As, perfect attendance, front row in class. So what if she's overstressed and overscheduled. She's got school covered. (Life—not so much.)

Ms. Pitt is the kind of teacher who wants you to call her by her first name and puts all the chairs in a circle and tells her students to feel their book reports.

Hadley wishes Ms. Pitt would stick to her lesson plan. Ms. Pitt wishes Hadley would lighten up.

So when Hadley and Ms. Pitt find themselves switched into each other's bodies, the first thing they want to do is switch right back. It takes a family crisis, a baffled principal, and a (double) first kiss to help them figure out that change can be pretty enlightening.

Even if it is a little freaky!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

With help from screenwriter Hach (who wrote the screenplay for the 2003 film adaptation of Freaky Friday), Rodgers reprises her 1972 novel with this unexceptional follow-up that features teacher and student in the switcheroo roles. Hadley, 13, excels at academics but feels "like the lame consolation prize of the family" compared to her athletic, gorgeous sister, Tatum. Ms. Pitt, who is so devoted to her students she has neglected her own life, has taught both sisters. During a class discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird, she innocently compares Hadley to Tatum, causing teacher and student to simultaneously quote Harper Lee's text about not really understanding a person until you "climb into his skin and walk around in it." Lights flicker and voilá: Hadley, in Ms. Pitt's body, has instant access to the teacher's lounge, while Ms. Pitt must handle romantic attention from the boy Hadley's been crushing on. A few slapstick scenes occur before the predictable ending in which Hadley realizes that she has talents, Tatum has flaws and Ms. Pitt needs to get out more. Amiable but nothing new. Ages 9-12. (May)

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Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
In this sequel to Freaky Friday, 13-year-old Hadley switches places, not with her mother, but with her earth-mother-like, indefatigable English teacher, Ms. Pitt. This startling anomaly occurs just as Hadley, an almost unfailingly conscientious student with a 4.3 grade point average, reads aloud from To Kill a Mockingbird, "‘You, uh, never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—'" As in the preceding book, the apparent adult starts speaking like the hip teenager, and the child like a middle-aged woman stuck in the 1970s. The plot is complicated by Hadley's crush on Zane, the disappearance of her beautiful older sister, to whom Hadley feels inferior, and by Ms. Pitt's interview with the school board for a job promotion. After a day subbing for each other, both realize that, as Ms. Pitt has written in an ambivalent recommendation for Hadley, "perfection is a slow death." It is possible that, for today's over-programmed teens, this is a worthwhile message, although most teachers and parents will probably beg to differ. Hadley's with-it lingo and her small but loyal posse of friends make her supposedly relentless studiousness hard to believe. But, giggling readers, who would probably welcome sequels for all of the other days of the week, are unlikely to notice. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Thirty-five years after the release of Freaky Friday (HarperTrophy, 1972), Mary Rodgers has teamed up with Heather Hach (screenwriter for the most recent Freaky Friday movie) to introduce a new reason to hate Mondays (HarperCollins, 2009). Over-achieving eighth-grader Hadley Fox has forgotten to prepare for her oral presentation. In a moment of consolation, Hadley's over-extended English teacher, Ms. Pitt, compares Hadley to her oh-so-perfect-and-beautiful older sister, Tatum. One classic body-switching moment later, Hadley finds herself in her teacher's body, being stared down by the school board for the English Department Chair interview. Over the course of the day, Hadley comes to see both Ms. Pitt and Tatum in a new light, and learns that nobody has the perfect life. Finally, under the incandescent glow of a surprise I Hate Mondays school dance, Hadley vows to quit studying so much, Ms. Pitt decides to cut back on her extracurricular commitments, and the two return to their own bodies. Hadley's curt observations are laugh-out-loud funny. She is sensitive, yet still has pig-headed moments, and listeners will latch on to her teen crises. Jennifer Stone's reading is spot-on adolescent melodrama. However, the overall situation feels superimposed on the characters, and the plot holds no surprises for those familiar with Rodgers' classic. Still, this is a humorous excursion for fans of Freaky Friday and those who enjoy novels by Lisa Yee.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Switching bodies with your mom or dad is one thing. But switching bodies with your nerdy, always-emoting teacher? That's the situation Hadley faces, leaving her less than pleased. As a student concerned with keeping her grades perfect, Hadley is inclined to have a full-on nervous breakdown when she discovers that she failed to prepare an oral presentation for Ms Pitt's English class. Things go from bad to worse, however, when student and teacher switch personalities, with multiple hijinks ensuing. Of course by the end both characters have learned a little bit about one another and themselves, but there are enough good-natured mix-ups to keep the story fresh. The authors walk a thin line when Hadley's overwhelming crush on cute boy Zane while in an adult body veers into inappropriate creepiness. The slang, too, is a bit much (do kids actually say "gotta blaze"?), but as a successor to Freaky Friday (1972), this story, although it lacks its predecessor's infinite smarts, is sufficiently amusing to keep kids interested and engaged. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061664816
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,002,507
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Rodgers is the author of Freaky Friday, a book that has sold more than a million copies, has been made into two movies, and is now considered, quite rightly, a classic. Mary has also written two other novels for young readers, Summer Switch and A Billion for Boris, as well as the music for the musical Once Upon a Mattress. A trustee of the Juilliard School, Mary Rodgers lives and works in New York City.

Heather Hach (rhymes with Bach) wrote the screenplay for the most recent Freaky Friday movie and the book for Legally Blonde: The Musical. Heather recently appeared as a judge on MTV's The Search for Elle Woods. Heather Hach writes books and screenplays in West Hollywood, California, where she lives with her husband, an animator, and her daughter, a toddler.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka "Harlequin Twilight" for TeensReadToo.com

    Thirteen-year-old Hadley Fox (I so love her name!) is not your average eighth grader. She has a 4.3 GPA (I know, makes me feel terrible for my grades in school!), studies like crazy, and constantly has her nose in a book. Hadley, even at 13, strives for Stanford as her college destination, but the one thing she also strives to do is become her gorgeous, loved-by-everyone older sister, Tatum.

    Matters turn horrifying for Hadley when she forgets to write down an assignment in her "Super Student Planner Plus" and her whole world seems to collapse around her. Said assignment is an oral report for none other than Tatum's favorite teacher, Ms. Pitt; the hippie, eccentric, over-involved teacher who prefers to be called Carol that Hadley can't stand.

    As Ms. Pitt makes Hadley try to wing her report and allows her a change in topic, something happens. In the Freaky Friday, Lindsay Lohan/Jamie Lee Curtis fashion, they finish a sentence together, the room shakes (which only they feel), and then they are transformed.

    This couldn't happen on any worse of a day for either of the two protagonists since today is the first time in months Hadley's crush has spoken to her, and there is the first I-Hate-Mondays DANCE! As for Ms. Pitt (yes, I too can't help but giggle), it is her meeting with the school board to become the head of the English department.

    Things seem to run amok between both character's lives from family, to love, to even careers, and not quite as smoothly as either would hope. You should also note that there are more correlations between this book and the Freaky Friday movie than there were between the FREAKY FRIDAY book and movie versions, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in this case.

    I was amused from start to finish because of Hadley from her description of Tatum, which includes this little nugget, "In movies, brunette is code for "friend" and blonde translates to "girlfriend." But this movie logic isn't my reality." And that's just the beginning. We see movies and bands that most will probably notice, and bands that were totally made up (Sketched-Out Boy for example), but either way this is a quick, adorable, and quite amusing read. And it also reminds you that teachers have feelings, lives, and, most of the time, they do actually care.

    Anyone that is still in school, or even those out of school, should totally read this story. Surprisingly, Hadley, Ms. Pitt, Tatum, and even the more minor characters can teach you something that you probably wouldn't have thought about before, and I mean that in a good way.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

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    SOME DAYS YOU JUST CAN'T WIN !

    Trotting along soon after their hugely popular Freaky Friday these authors again entertain young readers/listeners with Freaky Monday. And, this really is an outre day!

    Young Hadley should be any teacher's dream student - she's almost perfect. Never misses a day at school, is always prepared, alert, and attentive, even to sitting in the front row eager to answer any questions posed. While she rates an A in academic her personal life is a bit off kilter. Hadley is a bit up tight.

    Her teacher, Ms. Pitt, is not at all rigid. She'd be delighted to have her students call her by her first name, and she wants them to relax, sit in circles and emotionally respond to their assignments. Hadley finds this strange and wishes Ms. Pitt would be more traditional.

    Well, imagine the surprise, consternation and laughter evoked when a dramatic change takes place - the two find themselves changed into each other's bodies. Now, that's truly freaky.

    Mary Rodgers has written several books for young readers (including, of course, Freaky Friday, which was made into two movies). She has a rare, infectious humor as does her cohort, Heather Hach. Jennifer Stone delivers an A+ voice performance of the story, bring appropriate amounts of vigor, surprise, and discombobulation to the voices as the story unfolds.

    - Gail Cooke

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    Compelling reading

    My 9 year old grand-daughter carefully selected this book for herself during a visit to a B&N store. I could not get her to look up until she had finished reading the book, so I would say the story is interesting and enjoyable for a curious child around this age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    SOME DAYS YOU JUST CANT WATE

    SOME DAYS YOU JUST CANT WATE

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