by Wendelin Van Draanen


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ISBN-13: 9780375825446
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/13/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 19,786
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen’s life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.

Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children.

Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen’s greatest reward for writing. “One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn’t get any better than that,” she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny—that individuality is a strength, and that where there’s a will, there’s most certainly a way.

Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery Book for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief and lives with her husband and two sons in California.

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Diving Under

All I've ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone For her to back off-you know, just give me some space.

It all started the summer before second grade when our moving van pulled into her neighborhood. And since we're now about done with the eighth grade, that, my friend, makes more than half a decade of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.

She didn't just barge into my life. She barged and shoved and wedged her way into my life. Did we invite her to get into our moving van and start climbing all over boxes? No! But that's exactly what she did, taking over and showing off like only Juli Baker can.

My dad tried to stop her. "Hey!" he says as she's catapulting herself on board. "What are you doing? You're getting mud everywhere!" So true, too. Her shoes were, like, caked with the stuff.

She didn't hop out, though. Instead, she planted her rear end on the floor and started pushing a big box with her feet. "Don't you want some help?" She glanced my Way. "It sure looks like you need it."

I didn't like the implication. And even though my dad had been tossing me the same sort of look all week, I could tell-he didn't like this girl either. "Hey! Don't do
that," he warned her. "There are some really valuable things in that box."

"Oh. Well, how about this one?" She scoots over to a box labeled LENox and looks my way again. "We should push it together!"

"No, no, no!" my dad says, then pulls her up by the arm. "Why don't you run along home? Your mother's probably wondering where you are."

This was the beginningof my soon-to-become-acute awareness that the girl cannot take a hint. Of any kind. Does she zip on home like a kid should when they've been invited to leave No. She says, "Oh, my mom knows where I am. She said it was fine." Then she points across the street and says, "We just live right over there."

My father looks to where she's pointing and mutters "Oh boy." Then he looks at me and winks as he says, "Bryce, isn't it time for you to go inside and help your mother?"

I knew right off that this was a ditch play. And I didn't think about it until later, but ditch wasn't a play I'd run with my dad before. Face it, pulling a ditch is not something discussed with dads. It's like, against parental law to tell your kid it's okay to ditch someone, no matter how annoying or muddy they might be.

But there he was, putting the play in motion, and man, he didn't have to wink twice. I smiled and said, "Sure thing!" then jumped off the liftgate and headed for my new front door.

I heard her coming after me but I couldn't believe it. Maybe it just sounded like she was chasing me; maybe she was really going the other way. But before I got up the nerve to look, she blasted right past me, grabbing my arm and yanking me along.

This was too much. I planted myself and was about to tell her to get lost when the weirdest thing happened. I was making this big windmill motion to break away from her, but somehow on the downswing my hand wound up tangling into hers. I couldn't believe it. There I was, holding the mud monkey's hand!

I tried to shake her off, but she just clamped on tight and yanked me along, saying, "C'mon!"

My mom came out of the house and immediately got the world's sappiest look on her face. "Well, hello," she says to Juli.


I'm still trying to pull free, but the girl's got me in a death grip. My mom's grinning, looking at our hands and my fiery red face. "And what's your name, honey?"

"Julianna Baker. I live right over there," she says, pointing with her unoccupied hand.

"Well, I see you've met my son," she says, still grinning away.


Finally I break free and do the only manly thing available when you're seven years old-I dive behind my mother.

Mom puts her arm around me and says, "Bryce, honey, why don't you show Julianna around the house?"

I flash her help and warning signals with every part of my body, but she's not receiving. Then she shakes me off and says, "Go on."

Juli would've tramped right in if my mother hadn't noticed her shoes and told her to take them off. And after those were off, my mom told her that her dirty socks had to go, too. Juli wasn't embarrassed. Not a bit. She just peeled them off and left them in a crusty heap on our porch.

I didn't exactly give her a tour. I locked myself in the bathroom instead. And after about ten minutes of yelling back at her that no, I wasn't coming out anytime soon, things got quiet out in the hall. Another ten minutes went by before I got the nerve to peek out the door.

From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

Copyright 2001 by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Flipped 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 959 reviews.
felmarrah More than 1 year ago
Right when i opened this book and read the first page i knew i just had to finish the book. I finished the book in one day by staying up all night just to finish it. I would recommend this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a great perspective of how to be a teen I really recommend it. Bryce and Juli just have this great personality that just haves you wanting to read more and more.Im serious after having read it all i can say is that the book was finished and i already wanted to read more of it. Keep up the good work Wendelin!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It was a he said, she said kind of book. It was extremly funny and sort of realistic. It talks about a girl who is strong-willed and good hearted and a boy who is very funny and learning knew things. I highly recomend this book.
Euphoria_May More than 1 year ago
This book was very cute. It was adorable really. The characters were funny and well written. I felt myself getting closer and closer to the characters. I really enjoied this book and I get why it's called flipped because when everything flips in this book, it only gets better!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I saw the movie, and loved it. Then she found the book, but I beat her out in reading it first...I was sobbing less than halfway through. It is more than a young romance, it is a human story about much more....Juli's sycamore will break your heart. Precious story, read it from cover to cover (or in this case screen to screen) in one day!
kuek More than 1 year ago
1. Description of the book 2. What you liked or disliked about the book 3. Your final recommendation ever since bryce moved in across the street, it was something about those blue eyes that made juli think he was the only boy who she's ever set eyes on in this entire world. and since, then bryce has definitely not had any interest in that weirdo. and it doesn't help that every year they've been in the same class. this book is your typical, girl loves boy, boy doesn't like girl, middle school comes and he starts developing feelings. but in a different way, kind of. i really liked how the author played on this. there's a lot of books out there like this but how the author wrote it is really enjoyable. there are lots of little things that caught my eye and that's what i really liked about it. it's a really easy read and you won't wanna put it down i guarantee! i would recommend this book to around 7/8th grade or older because some parts you have to understand and it's easier to if you're older!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book very much. I read last year and i just HAVE to read it again. Young love is the sweetest thing and can be very powerful. I would reccomend this book to any girl ( or boy) that enjoys romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, recommend, good for middle school kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I think that everyone should read it. You will not be wasting your time reading this! After you read it you should check out the movie called " flipped" i hope you enjoy this book as much as i did! :)
BooksAreMyLifeSS More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Great writing and a wonderful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was like in my top ten favorite books It was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTLY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,!!!!!!!!!My teacher read this to us and I thought about getting it on my nook. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good for Jr. High students it has romance, comedy anything you can think of . Once again this is a wonderful book you must read it!!!!! ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all-time favorites! It tell the story of two kids, named Bryce Loski and Julianna (Juli) Baker. The book begins with them at age seven, and ends in the eigth grade. Bryce starts out thinking that Juli was dangerous, and Juli is in love with Bryce. But near the end, their feelings are flipped, and Bryce ends up liking Juli, while Juli hates him. Bryce gets the courage to srop being afraid of Juli, and Juli learns to see more than just the outside of people. This book is an amazing read, but it defenitely needs a sequel. Wendelin Van Draanen is an excelent writer! Love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the sample 1st an it was amazing so i just had to buy the whole book!!!! My friend recommended it to me because i am going through the same thing as Juli and this book really lets you believe that there CAN be happily ever after. I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. You should watch the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think everyone should read Flipped. It is perfect for any kind of reader. I would suggest reading it o any of my friends. At first i thought it would not be a great book, but the last couple of chapers were soooooo interesting. I could not put the book down ! I read like half of the book in one day! THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book flipped was on my summer readng list suggestions. I figured that it would be lame like the rest of the books my school picks. But this is now one of my favorite books! I can totally realate lik mny other people with being in love with someone but they cant stand u. This book is an easy read. All that is said in this book really has a deep meaning and everyone can connect to it!!!! The only thing i ddnt love about this book is there are lots of things not answered like between the loskie parents and especially the main chracters, i love how it swithes chapter speakers!! MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was amazing!!! Especially for incoming summer reading book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seen the movie and i realy want the BOOK!!!!!
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No matter how many times I read it, the book is still good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read it for school. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and i wish there was more and that the book didnt end. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over and over. Just can't get enough!