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LUBAR, David. Flip. Tor, Starscape. 304p. c2003. 0-765-34048-8. $5.99. J

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2003: Twins Ryan and Taylor couldn't be more different. Impulsive Ryan has a knack for getting in trouble and is barely scraping by in eighth grade, while careful Taylor is a top student. Their lives--and their perceptions of themselves--change abruptly late one night when Ryan sees a spaceship explode overhead, and in the morning he and Taylor find alien artifacts in the woods. These are disks with amazing properties: they allow the twins to temporarily transform themselves, or "flip," into a hero from the past. However, they don't know in advance whom the hero might be, making their experiences thrilling but unpredictable. For example, Ryan assumes the persona of Babe Ruth for a day and wows the baseball coach, but his interlude as Einstein makes his math teacher suspicious that he's cheating. His time as Queen Victoria is simply bizarre. Taylor, meanwhile, experiences new found freedom when she becomes Captain Kidd for a day. Their loyal, humorously self-pitying friend Ellis comes to their aid in their adventures, but danger looms when Ryan, as the brave gladiator Spartacus, challenges the school bully--and then finds himself transformed into Gandhi when it is time to fight him. This funny and imaginative tale, by the author of Hidden Talents, Dunk, Wizards of the Game, and other YA novels, will appeal to upper elementary and middle school students. The SF aspects of the story and the information about legends from the past are cleverly interwoven with such adolescent issues as friend ship and peer pressure, dealing with bullies, and finding one's identity. This is an enjoyable read that will appeal to both boys and girls. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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