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Trading Faces (Mix Series)

Trading Faces (Mix Series)

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by Julia DeVillers

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In Trading Faces, identical twin sisters Emma (the smart one) and Payton (the popular one) start seventh grade at a brand-new school and discover they’ve been assigned entirely different schedules—so when they get sick of their respective cliques, they secretly switch places. What ensues is a hilarious yet poignant romp from middle school to the


In Trading Faces, identical twin sisters Emma (the smart one) and Payton (the popular one) start seventh grade at a brand-new school and discover they’ve been assigned entirely different schedules—so when they get sick of their respective cliques, they secretly switch places. What ensues is a hilarious yet poignant romp from middle school to the mall as the twins learn what it means to be true to yourself, even when the rest of the world isn’t making it easy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Candice Ransom
Flip the cartoon-style cover of Trading Faces to the first sentence: "Lip gloss! Oh, no—did I forget my lip gloss?" Lip gloss and drama generally signals light tween chick lit, but there is more to this book than boys, texting, and mean girls. Identical twins Payton and Emma Mills are attending their first co-ed school. Fashionista-wannabe Payton is eager to make new friends. Brainiac Emma cannot wait to start her advanced classes. On the first day of seventh grade, they realize they do not have a single class together. Maybe that could be a good thing and they will avoid the inevitable question: Which twin are you? Still, seventh grade is not all they had hoped. Payton joins a clique that judges others by their clothes. Emma is challenged by an abrasive girl more ambitious than she is. When Payton's burrito oozes all over a cute football player, panicked Payton switches outfits with Emma and hides out in Emma's classes the rest of the day. What began as a simple rescue escalates into a hilarious version of Disney's movie The Parent Trap. The girls enjoy being freed from their molds. Payton discovers she has an aptitude for communication when she takes Emma's place on the school news program. Emma relaxes her competitive streak and makes friends, but there is a downside to fooling people and escaping preconceived notions. The chapters are told in distinct, alternating voices—Payton, Emma, Payton as Emma, Emma as Payton—by the authors who are identical twins. Quick pacing is livened with humorous dialog and enough descriptions of clothes to satisfy Project Runway fans. Reviewer: Candice Ransom
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

Twins Emma and Payton Mills start seventh grade at a new school with high hopes. Brainy Emma wants to join the science, math, and geography clubs. Somewhat of an academic slacker, Payton dreams of joining the fashion-loving in-crowd. Both girls are off to a good start until a burrito catastrophe strikes Payton at lunch, leaving her too embarrassed to face the rest of her day. Emma comes to her twin's rescue by (you probably guessed it) switching places with her. What was supposed to last only a few class periods quickly snowballs out of control. Shy Emma finds herself shopping with the popular girls, talking to a cute football player, and leading cheers at the pep rally. Meanwhile, Payton tries filling in for Emma's honors classes and school news show. The girls know they have to switch back, but now that they've become so enmeshed in one another's lives, how can they? And even more importantly, do they want to? While twins switching places is by no means a new plot device, the story is fast paced and fun. Emma and Payton are both likable characters with middle school worries that readers will relate to. A good choice for girls who like their school stories with a bit of drama and a lot of fun.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
On the first day of seventh grade, twin sisters Payton and Emma have been assigned entirely different schedules—for the first time ever. Without telling anyone, the twins switch places: Cool Payton goes incognito as quiet Emma, while mathlete Emma impersonates fashionista Payton. No one—from their new teachers to their clueless classmates—realizes they have made a switch. The twins quickly find out that playing a different role in life can be a lot of fun—and that no one is exactly the person the rest of the world thinks they are. What a (somewhat) dangerous thing to do in jest! But all of us have done things as teens that were part of an almost horrible experience with repercussions. There are many experiences that run the gamete of friends, competencies, relationships, and fashion to subject abilities. It seems like a "light" girl story until realizations come to the twins themselves on the possible outcomes of this charade. What makes it readable and a "reach for" book is that the theme is a different one. Reviewer: Naomi Butler

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Mix Series
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HL460L (what's this?)
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5 MB
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Julia DeVillers is the author of How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller, which was adapted as a Disney Channel Original Movie. She is also the author of the Liberty Porter, First Daughter series and the coauthor of the Trading Faces series, written with her twin sister, Jennifer Roy.
Jennifer Roy is the author of the highly acclaimed Yellow Star, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and a Sydney Taylor Honor Award. It was a Jewish Book Awards Finalist, an ALA Notable Book, School Library Journal Best Book, and a NYPL Top Book for Reading and Sharing Books for the Teenager. She is also the author of Cordially Uninvited and Mindblind and the coauthor of the Trading Faces series, written with her twin sister, Julia DeVillers. Visit her at JenniferRoy.com.

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Trading Faces 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 436 reviews.
TN More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me from the beginning! I couldn't put it down. As I read it, I couldn't help but wonder how fun it would be to have a twin sister. If you're looking for a great, easy to read, summer book, this is one for you! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (CA 4th grader)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 and I highly recommend this book. I just got my nook for Christmas and I have read this book and Take Two ( the second book in the series) in book form. I bought Times Squared on my nook and I love it. This book is so far the best book in the series. Although Take Two and Times Squared are really really good, they can be a little hard to follow. Dont get me wrong every book in this series is AWESOME! Posted from my awesome nool tablet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this one and the second one i recomend it for anybody to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny book!!!! Highly recommend it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I the paper copy and I was sooooo surprised at how totally AMAZING this book is !!! I can very much relate to Payton and Emma! (Escpecially Emma; my friend and I both can!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am an identicle twin myself so i can totally relate. (Ecpessialy scince ive made the great switch.) :) i am blessed to have a twin like my sis. She is the best. Again i love this book. Even if you dont have a twin you can still relate to this book. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should totally make a movie of this series best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun happy and romantic great for all middle school girls!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome i defitly recomend!!!!!!!! :)
SammieMM More than 1 year ago
Twin sisters Payton and Emma both can't wait for middle school to begin, but for different reasons. Emma wants to try out for mathletes, science club, basically anything that keeps her brain going. Payton is excited to go to middle school for the social scene, aka being a member of the popular crowd. But one day, Payton slips up at lunch (a very funny scene for us, but not her), so Emma covers for her at gym so Payton doesn't have to face the embarrassment that follows. That night, the twins decide to switch places the next day. They find that they like pretending to be each other, so they continue with it. But what will happen if they are caught? I loved this book. It was so realistic, and very funny. I believe that every girl in middle school should read this book because of that.
BookFanatic112 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book just to see if it was going to be good because I hardly ever read books like this. I usually read the books for high-schoolers but this is actually a VERY good book. You have the nerdy twin and the outgoing fun twin and when they trade places, you'll feel like you're actually one of them! (Or at least a best friend of theirs.) I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to read a girly book that's not that long and easy to read!
mk99999 More than 1 year ago
The fictional novel Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy was an interesting book set in New York, in present time. The story begins when identical twins Payton and Emma go to a new school in New York. In every chapter the authors explain one twin's point of view. Payton and Emma weren't in any classes together which has never happened to them before. Payton makes friends with the "cool" kids and Emma makes friends with the "nerds." Emma and Payton decide to trade places, because they were having a hard time with friends. Payton went to a newscast club (as Emma.) Emma went to the pep rally with Payton's friends (as Payton.) When Payton was on the newscast live in front of the whole school, the whole school found out that they traded places. They had to apologize on a surprise newscast. It turns out that the surprise newscast made them make totally new friends. Trading Faces had some positives and negatives. One positive, is that authors gave a good description about how Payton felt on the first day. (She was excited because she squealed a lot.) Also, when Payton was Emma, the authors made Payton say a speech that painted pictures in my mind of kids being embarrassed in front of the class. I liked that a lot. Another, is that I like the way they made Payton's best friend, Sidney, look astonished in my mind when the store asked her to be a model. One negative is that the authors really didn't explain how quite a few characters looked. Another negative, is that the authors didn't really explain some scenes, such as when they went to school. They didn't explain what happened, and not a lot made sense. Finally, the authors didn't explain how everything ended up being okay in the end; it was a cliffhanger. I think they could have had an extra couple of pages to explain the end. The authors had some great positives, but I think they could've changed a little bit of the story. Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy have a unique writing style. It seemed as though the authors liked to write short sentences such as, "I got up." Also, they authors made the characters use abbreviated words such as OMG as oh my god or cell as cell phone. But that's probably because the kids think it was cool to use words like that. Another writing style was that the author used first person. An example of that is when Emma said, "I was thinking about how many times we'd get the question." I like the authors' writing style; it makes the book both interesting and delightful to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good b00k! Highly reccomended!:) Good for ages 10 and up! Nice, kid friendly b00k!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It made me relize that evan if I have an embarasing moment, eveything will be okay!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this a really good book if anubody disagrees theyre crazy i mean geez it a great read for ages 8-13 highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!! Payton and Emma have great stories! The series is AWESOME!!!!!!! Totally recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book!
reviewcheerleader More than 1 year ago
not that bad, but not as good as many people say it is...it really depends on what kind of books you like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i liked but not loved this book. It didn't have a real story line but i started to really get into it and so it was pretty good. it eased my nerves about middle school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i wish the seriers can go on FOREVER !!!!! You should read this book anybody who is reading this !! You would love this book its cute & romantic and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was OK. It had a predictable plot and I just couldn't relate to the girls. They get both get brand new IPhones in the beginning  of the book. What? Their parents didn't even give them the 'Be Super Careful With Them, You Have To Be Responsible' lecture. I also felt myself gritting my teeth whenever Emma spoke or was in the book. She said whatever she felt to her to her twin and and Payton always forgave her. I ended up disliking Emma wholly at the end of the book. But there's another reason why: Emma was practically the  prefect one by the end of the book. She snagged a boyfriend, turned out to be better at fashion then her fashionista twin, and still was the brainiac; getting straight A's. What did Payton accomplish? She turned out not being very good at fashion, lost her popularity, and won ONE of the smart friends Emma didn't even try to make or want. Emma wasn't really a likable character for me. If her personality  gets kinder and more (this could go for the plot too)  .... humanly, then maybe I'll read another one of the author's books. But right now, I wouldn't do it willing.
Ginnydog More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's one of my most favorite series!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book it truely makes you want more! I reccomend this book for girls ages 9-13 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series ever!!!!!! Luv it!!!!!! Cant put my nook down!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love this book ! I have read all four books in the series and cant wait for the fifth ( which comes out jan 1 2013 ) i hooe you get this book