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Forced to spend a summer with their father and his "new" family, Caroline, age eleven, and J.P., age thirteen, are given unpleasant responsibilities for which they are determined to get revenge. "The tender, funny story moves rapidly to an auspicious event where the title proves to have more than one meaning." -- Publishers Weekly

Forced to spend a summer with their father and his "new" family, Caroline, age eleven, and J.P., age thirteen, are given unpleasant ...

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Overview

Forced to spend a summer with their father and his "new" family, Caroline, age eleven, and J.P., age thirteen, are given unpleasant responsibilities for which they are determined to get revenge. "The tender, funny story moves rapidly to an auspicious event where the title proves to have more than one meaning." -- Publishers Weekly

Forced to spend a summer with their father and his "new" family, Caroline, age eleven, and J.P., age thirteen, are given unpleasant responsibilities for which they are determined to get revenge.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Big city kids Caroline and J. P. Tate find themselves in Des Moines, in the custody of their father, in Lowry's tender, funny story. Ages 8-12. (April)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Caroline Tate and her brother rarely agree on anything, but when their father asks them to spend the summer in Des Moines, they suddenly sound like the ``Mormon Tabernacle Choir.'' Leaving New York means that Caroline won't have the Museum of Natural History, and J. P.'s summer computer project will have to be postponed. It also means that J. P. will have to play baseball and they'll both have to put up with their father's three kids, Poochie and twin baby girls. The summer starts out badly: Caroline takes care of the messy twins, while J. P. is expected to coach Poochie's baseball team of clumsy six year olds, the Tater Chips. Both plan revenge, but a surprising revelation concerning their father and the opportunity for Caroline and J. P. to use their own special talents reverses the situation. Everyone gains a new perspective, and all ends well. Readers will recognize the feuding siblings from Lowry's One Hundredth Thing About Caroline (Houghton, 1983), although this may be enjoyed independently. Again, Lowry has created realistic, likable characters in plausible, humorous situations. Lowry retains her ear for dialogue; the conversations are snappy and often funny (as is the entire text). Lowry fans will not be disappointed with the Switcharound. Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
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"The tender, funny story moves rapidly to an auspicious event where the title proves to have more than one meaning." Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606125307
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1987
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    A really good book!

    I just love Lois Lowrys writing I've read most of her books including this one and I would recommend it for Literature lovers!

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