Here comes another British import I’m sure will find a welcome audience in North America. I previously featured UK TV personality, Alesha Dixon, and her LIGHTNING GIRL Series. This time she collaborates with author, Katy Birchall, in a fun body switching plot.
Spoiled and obnoxious teen superstar, Naomi, is the biggest singing sensation in the world. She’s also tired of the constant touring and her life being over-scheduled. Naomi is 13 years old with no true friends.
Ruby is a normal girl and is Naomi’s biggest fan. She secretly sings and dances to her songs not wanting to have her large family make fun of her. As the youngest person in the house, it’s hard to get anyone to even know she even exists.
Something weird happens when they both happen to be reading the same passage in a book and wake up as each other. They’re the only ones who know what has happened while those around them never guess there has been a switch. Comical outcomes are the result as Ruby navigates superstardom while Naomi enters a school for the first time in her life.
Told in alternating viewpoints, the story moves along at a brisk pace as the girls try and figure out how to get their own bodies back. Being in another person’s shoes brings about understanding of another person as well as themselves.
Best for girls 10-13, I did try and hand over my copy of STAR SWITCH to a 12-year-old boy to read. He looked at me like an alien had invaded my body and walked away quickly. Oh well, it was worth a try. Now my copy is being circulated in the neighborhood, where you’ll find the target audience in numerous households. The reactions have been a hearty thumbs up.