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|Art of the swap|
Author: Asselin, Kristine Carlson
When twelve-year-olds Hannah and Maggie switch places, Hannah must prevent a famous art theft in 1905 and Maggie must cope with modern life until they can switch back.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 76856
Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/15/17)
School Library Journal (02/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Hannah is the daughter of the caretaker at The Elms, a historic mansion turned museum in Newport, RI. She is fascinated with an unsolved mystery involving the heist of a portrait of Margaret Dunlap painted by famed artist Mary Cassatt at the turn of the 20th century. Margaret "Maggie" Dunlap, on the other hand, is a well-mannered girl from a wealthy family living in The Elms in the year 1905. When the two inadvertently swap places via a magic mirror, Hannah is determined to solve the mystery of the stolen painting while Maggie has trouble adjusting to life in the 21st century. But Hannah and Maggie soon realize that solving the mystery will change history—and keep them trapped in the wrong time periods—and have to find another way to save the painting. Written in first person present tense, the chapters alternate between Hannah and Maggie; each of the girls has her own strong, distinct voice. While some of the slang and pop culture references feel forced and clunky, portions of the novel border on didactic, and the magic behind the mirror is never fully explained, the characters are likable and the writing is brisk, making for a quick and entertaining read despite the novel's more than 300-page length. VERDICT Despite its flaws, this middle grade novel with a time-traveling twist will appeal to those who enjoy history, light fantasy, mysteries, or stories featuring strong female characters.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.