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Booklist: In Another Life

What would it be like to really walk in someone else's shoes? This booklist is devoted to books for kids and teens that involve living a day (or more) in someone else's life. Some of these titles include reincarnation or body switching, while others simply have twins or lookalikes switching places without any sort of supernatural device, a la The Prince and the Pauper.

Please note that I'm not making any kind of statement about reincarnation. This booklist is simply the result of one week in which I had two conversations regarding Freaky Friday and read three books in a row that happened to involve supernatural switches. One, two, three, go!

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

For Kids
Sisters, Long Ago by Peg Kehret (I love this book and really encourage you to read it. A modern-day girl starts having flashbacks of Ancient Egypt and believes another girl was her sister back then. )
Freaky Friday sequence by Mary Rodgers
- Freaky Friday (mother and daughter switch places)
- Billions for Boris (later retitled and republished as ESP TV)
- Summer Switch (father and son switch places)
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series by Nancy Krulik
The Sister Switch by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens

For Teens
The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian
Airhead by Meg Cabot
Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Dead Girl series by Linda Joy Singleton
- First book: Dead Girl Walking
Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Additional Notes

As always, I only list books I have read. I have heard of others that would fit these themes, such as Switch by Carol Snow, Switched by Jessica Wollman, and Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy, all of which I plan to read. Once I do, I'll add them to the list proper. The same with Being Nikki, the forthcoming sequel to Airhead. I'm eager to read Skinned by Robin Wasserman, though I suspect that will end up on my sci-fi booklist instead.

I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the Sweet Valley books, in which Jessica and Elizabeth would occasionally pretend to be or were mistaken for the other sister. There were a few examples in the Sweet Valley Kids series, similar to that in The Sister Switch by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens. Older readers who like soap operatic storylines (think The O.C., Gossip Girl, 90210) will like Sweet Valley High six-book miniseries dealing with Margo in books #95-#100, ending with SVH #100: The Evil Twin. Dun dun dun.

I checked Freaky Friday out from the library when I was perhaps 8 years old. I got about two-thirds of the way through when I discovered a huge chunk of the book was missing. It was a printing error that was undetectable from the outside. A similar chunk of pages had been reprinted and inserted. Upon my next trip to the library, I informed the librarians and searched for another copy so I could finish reading the book. Then I read Billions for Boris and Summer Switch.

In addition to reading all of the Freaky Friday books, I have also seen all of the Freaky Friday films, including the TV movie version with Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann. (Speaking of Gaby, did anyone else watch the TV series Someone Like You?)

Does anyone know of a book that came out in the late 80s or early 90s in which a boy and girl - classmates - accidentally switch bodies? I can't think of the title, and it's bugging me! One, because I get a little out-of-sorts when I can't recall something, and two, because I wish to include it on the 'for kids' portion of this booklist. I know it was a paperback, perhaps from Scholastic, and I want to say the two main characters were on the cover, which was illustrated (as opposed to being a photograph). I also think it had a white background, and the characters may have been shown in each other's rooms. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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