Body Swap Fiction for Younger Readers: Background information when reading Every Day

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Every Day

by David Levithan

Every Day
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    Aug 2012, 336 pages
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    Sep 2013, 336 pages

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Body Swap Fiction for Younger Readers

David Levithan might take an unusually philosophical approach to the idea of occupying someone else's body in Every Day, but he's hardly the first person to explore it in fiction. Here are just a few other great examples, which run the gamut from light-hearted to more serious:

The classic book in the "body swap" genre is, of course, Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers.Freaky Friday Originally published in 1972, the humorous story imagines what would happen if eternally bickering teenage daughter Annabelle Andrews switched bodies with her mother. The book has been adapted for the screen several times, and also sparked several sequels, including Summer Switch, in which Annabelle's younger brother switches bodies with their high-powered executive father.

Airhead by Meg Cabot, published in 2008, takes another lighthearted approach to this idea. A nerdy girl named Em suffers a freak accident at an electronics megastore at the same time supermodel Nikki is making an appearance. When Em wakes up, she ...

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