Now a Disney Channel Original Movie, Megan Shull’s smart and funny, very readable book The Swap is a great summer reading (or anytime!) choice. Will appeal to fans of R. J. Palacio and Katherine Applegate, as well as of graphic novels such as Click, Invisible Emmie, and Smile.
With one random wish, Jack and Ellie are living life in each other’s shoes. He’s her. And she’s him.
ELLIE assumed popular guys didn’t worry about body image, being perfect, or talking to girls, but acting like you’re cool with everything is tougher than it looks.
JACK thought girls had it easy—no fights with bullies, no demanding dads, no power plays—but facing mean girls at sleepovers and getting grilled about your period is way harder than taking a hit to the face at sports practice.
Now they’re dealing with each other’s middle school dramas—locker room teasing, cliques, video game battles, bra shopping, and a slew of hilariously awkward moments—until they hopefully switch back!
Told in both Jack’s and Ellie’s voices, The Swap offers a fresh and honest take on tween friendship, all while exploring more serious themes of family, loss, empathy, and what it really means to be yourself. And as Jon Scieszka says, it’s “seriously, truly, fearlessly funny!”
Plus don't miss Megan Shull's heartwarming Bounce—in development as a movie featuring YouTube star Jojo Siwa!
About the Author
Megan Shull is the award-winning author of many books for kids, including The Swap, now a Disney Channel Original Movie. Megan holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Cornell University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Megan lives and writes in her hometown—a small college town surrounded by waterfalls, quiet, rolling hills, and secret swimming holes.
“A beautiful feat of swapped voices. Hilarious! Serious, truly, fearlessly funny! And I don’t want boys to miss it.”
— Jon Scieszka, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Guys Read
“THE SWAP kept me turning pages way past my bedtime! Hilarious and yet surprisingly touching at the same time.”
— Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries series
“The book is heartbreaking and hilarious—truly evocative of middle school experiences. A great, entertaining read that will appeal to boys and girls.”
— School Library Journal
“THE SWAP is funny and smart and heartwarming. And when I say funny, I mean I put the book down and laughed. It’s a fantastic story!”
— Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic
“Bawling because I just finished Megan Shull’s THE SWAP. Bawled the whole way through. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!”
— Lauren Myracle, author of Wishing Day and the bestselling Winnie Years series
“Funny, honest and touching, THE SWAP is the perfect book for tweens ready to learn what’s going on inside the minds (and bodies) of the opposite gender. Jack and Ellie are such wonderful characters and those brothers—wow!”
— Frances O'Roark Dowell, New York Times bestselling author of Dovey Coe and The Secret Language of Girls
“Readers curious about how the other half lives will thrill at this view from the far side of the fence.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Fast and fun. The premise will leave readers with plenty to think about.”
— Publishers Weekly