Powerful Book About Courage and Empathy

This is a powerful book about courage and empathy.  The premise of the story hinges a bit on the idea of Freaky Friday, where two people exchange bodies and corresponding  lives.  I love the idea of living in someone else’s body for the day.  What an amazing opportunity to truly see another person’s experiences by literally being in their shoes.  It can change everything.

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Title: Bouncebounce powerful book about courage and empathy

Author: Megan Shull

Target: Grades 4-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

In this story Frannie is not happy with her family life. Her siblings ignore her and her parents are not particularly loving. So when her parents go on vacation alone and leave the kids by themselves for Christmas, it is just the icing on the cake. Frannie is feeling isolated and scared and she wishes she were anywhere else! Lo and behold her wish comes true. She wakes up again on Christmas Day in the body of a strange 12 year old girl and gets to live this new girl’s Christmas Day experience. This happens over and over again and through these new life experiences she learns to be courageous. While she can’t change her own surroundings, she can change the way she lives and reacts to her life.

Why I love this book:

  • Ok I just love the message in the book. There are things in our lives we can’t change but how we respond to them can dictate how positive our lives become.
  • Getting to live the lives of several different characters is fun and eye opening. Seeing the world from a different perspective always gives readers a chance to broaden their world view. The time Frannie spends with a family who has lost a sister was especially eye opening and tear inducing!
  • I felt that Frannie’s parents in this book were particularly horrible. Some of the worst I have encountered in recent memory!

Who this book is for:

Great for fans of Shull’s other book The Swap or fans of books like Freaky Friday.

Final thoughts:

I loved the book Every Day by David Levithan and while this book is more age appropriate for an elementary/middle school reader, it has some of those same qualities of developing love and empathy by literally living in someone else’s shoes.

To purchase this book:

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