Martyn Bedford began his career as a journalist and is the author of five books for adults, including The Houdini Girl which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Novel Award, Acts of Revision and Black Cat. Flip is his first book for teens. He later became the director of the novel writing programme at the University of Manchester, as well as fiction critic for the Literary Review. Martyn currently teaches the creative writing module at Leeds Trinity University College and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. He lives in likely, West Yorkshire, with his family.
Adult novelist Bedford (The Houdini Girl) makes his YA debut with a moving tale that juggles realistic high school fiction with fantasy while deftly avoiding cliches from both genres. Teenage Alex wakes up one day to find that he has no memory of the past six months of his life and is stuck in the body of a teenager named Philip (nicknamed Flip). As he attempts to live his new life, he learns that his actual body is across the country, in a coma, and that there are others who have swapped bodies as well. Alex is torn between the opportunities a life in Flip's body offers-no asthma, gorgeous girlfriends-and the knowledge that this isn't really his life. Bedford does an excellent job of getting into the mind of a teenager, focusing less on the reason behind the switch than on Alex's concerns about how his friends and family (in both bodies) are affected by the situation. A few missteps-Alex's reluctance to avoid researching his own history being the most notable-don't make the story any less engrossing. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 7 Up-Alex, 14, wakes up one day in the body of another teen and must adjust to a new family and surroundings while he tries to figure out what happened and how he might reverse the switch. This engaging, often funny, and at times poignant story grabs readers and doesn't let go. (June) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.