The Switch by Anthony HorowitzThe Switch by Anthony Horowitz

The Switch

byAnthony Horowitz

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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Tad Spencer lives a life of luxury: a mansion, servants, exotic vacations, and all the toys he could dream of. But when his father denies him a trip to a theme park, Tad wishes he were someone else. The next day, he wakes up as Bob Snarby, a carnival worker living in abject conditions in a criminal world. This terrifying body swap is just the beginning of an adventure that will lead Tad to uncover a secret that will change his life forever.
Anthony Horowitz, in addition to being an international bestselling author, is also the writer and creator of the multi-award-winning television series Foyle’s War. He lives in London, England. Visit him online at and or follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHorowitz.
Title:The SwitchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142415472

ISBN - 13:9780142415474

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Modern Day Prince and the Pauper My son read this book and really enjoyed it so I read it after him. That is a deal we have. This is my first book by this author and while I only thought it was good/ok, I would still like to try some of his other work. A typical scenario of trading places as in "The Prince and the Pauper" only a little magic is involved more like "Freaky Friday". A rich boy and a street-wise carnival thief wake up in each other's bodies. While written in the third person we follow the story from Tad (the rich boy's) perspective and he finds out that there is reason to this madness as he discovers the truth about his rich family and also learns that a life where one has to earn one's own keep has the potential to be far more rewarding. I quickly read this in an afternoon and it held my attention but I found it quite predictable. My son enjoyed it much more than I did.
Date published: 2014-05-03

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