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The Resource Flip, Martyn Bedford

Flip, Martyn Bedford

Label
Flip
Title
Flip
Statement of responsibility
Martyn Bedford
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A teenager wakes up inside another boy's body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence
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School Library Journal Best Books, 2011.
Review
  • Grades 7-10 Alex, a 14-year-old asthmatic clarinet player, is shocked when he wakes up not only in a different house but also in a different body, that of good-looking Philip (Flip) Garamond, an athletic magnet for hot girls. When Alex tries to contact his own family, he discovers that his former body is in a coma after it was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Internet research suggests that Alex experienced a “psychic evacuation” at the moment of near death, and although a fellow “PE” counsels him to move on and enjoy this new life, Alex can’t block out his past. And what has become of Flip’s soul? The perennial theme of a teen’s search for identity gets a wholly original spin in this page-turner. Bedford skillfully crafts depictions of Alex’s inner conflict and cranks up the tension as Alex fights his way to an ethical and personal decision that will leave readers gasping with surprise. Sure to get teens talking. -- Rutan, Lynn (Reviewed 05-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 18, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7 Up — Alex wakes up in the body of a complete stranger—another 14-year-old boy named "Flip"—in this gripping novel. He soon realizes that it's been six months since he was "himself." While dealing with the immediate challenges of negotiating a strange new world, he tries to figure out what caused the switch, how he might reverse it, and what could possibly be going on with his own body. It's an immediately engaging story, with careful pacing and strong characterizations that add depth to the basic premise. Alex's experiences, though sometimes humorous, are never played strictly for laughs. The boy feels real urgency to contact his true family and the strategies and results of his attempts create real plot tension. New revelations keep the story moving forward swiftly, but never predictably. The author uses Alex's predicament to examine questions of identity, family, and the human soul in ways that are involving and thought-provoking. Alex acts and thinks in ways that most readers will identify with: he's confused, frustrated, and occasionally desperate, but, at the same time, is curious and thoughtful about his bizarre new life and family. He samples some of the benefits of being Flip, including a popularity that Alex never enjoyed, but always yearns to be himself again, which leads to an exciting and particularly satisfying climax.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR --Steven Engelfried (Reviewed June 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 6, p108)
  • Adult novelist Bedford (The Houdini Girl) makes his YA debut with a moving tale that juggles realistic high school fiction with fantasy while deftly avoiding clichés from both genres. Teenage Alex wakes up one day to find that he has no memory of the past six months of his life and is stuck in the body of a teenager named Philip (nicknamed Flip). As he attempts to live his new life, he learns that his actual body is across the country, in a coma, and that there are others who have swapped bodies as well. Alex is torn between the opportunities a life in Flip's body offers—no asthma, gorgeous girlfriends—and the knowledge that this isn't really his life. Bedford does an excellent job of getting into the mind of a teenager, focusing less on the reason behind the switch than on Alex's concerns about how his friends and family (in both bodies) are affected by the situation. A few missteps—Alex's reluctance to avoid researching his own history being the most notable—don't make the story any less engrossing. Ages 14–up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 21, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 08, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fourteen-year-old geeky musician Alex wakes up hundreds of miles from his London home in the body of Philip Garamond, a high-school soccer star and girl magnet nicknamed Flip. Though asthmatic Alex is intrigued by his new, fit body and the attention it draws, he soon realizes he's trapped in a new environment with new expectations that he can't live up to. Along the way he meets Rob, a veteran of the same condition—psychic evacuation—who decides to take Alex under his wing. 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. They'll wince in pain as the police escort him from a vain attempt to reconnect with his real family and rally when he connects with a new girl whom Flip would normally never look at twice. They'll also wonder about Flip himself, who, besides Alex's nightmares, exists only in the expectations and memories of the people Alex encounters. 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. Alex has to figure out why his soul overtook Flip's body, and how—if at all—he can get back into his own before it's too late. (Thriller. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
392059
Cataloging source
QSCL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bedford, Martyn
Index
no index present
Intended audience
014-017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Identity
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Supernatural
  • Supernatural
  • England
  • England
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Flip, Martyn Bedford
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000047878771
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
261 p.
Isbn
9780385739900
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)639518192
Label
Flip, Martyn Bedford
Publication
Control code
000047878771
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
261 p.
Isbn
9780385739900
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)639518192

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