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Parent Swap

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Danny Bell's problems can be summed up in three simple words: Mum and Dad. His mother has left home, and his father spends all his time slumped in front of the TV, dreaming of the good old days when he was a nearly famous rock star. So when Danny hears about ParentSwap, a secret London agency that helps kids find the parents they deserve, it doesn't take him long to contac ...more
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Published August 8th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published July 1st 2006)
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Mona
Otro libro para la escuela, otro libro que no quería leer. La historia básicamente se centra en un niño llamado Danny Bell que odia su vida y su familia así que un día en su mochila encuentra una especie de anuncio que es sobre "Cambiar de Padres" y el es como (ok, porque no llamar y saber mas) y pues así transcurre la historia tan peculiar de este chico, la verdad es que no vale la pena espoliar este libro, creo que cuando le coges el ritmo te lo devoras, así como hice yo, la verdad me cautivo ...more
Ruhama
Feb 09, 2011 Ruhama rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Danny is tired of his life--his dad has agoraphobia, so he never leaves the house, his mom has left to find herself and his siblings cause him grief. Things change, however, when Danny discovers a flyer for Parent Swap in his backpack one day. He decides to go through with it and give it a try. The first family Danny is put with seems to be perfect, but Danny gets blamed for all the bad things that happen, as the father and mother can't imagine their daughter would do anything wrong. So Danny tr ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

Have you ever wanted to live with another family? Have you ever been so exasperated with the parental units that you wanted to trade them in for new ones?! Well, that is the premise of PARENT SWAP by Terence Blacker.

Danny Bell is very tired of his family. His mum has left and his dad sits in front of the TV everyday writing terrible songs and remembering his glory days as a rock musician. His sister is argumentative, has a boyfriend, and is never h
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Haley
Over all I thought this was a nice book and it is good for summer reading. I liked how the auther, Terence Blacker explained things so perfectly that you new exactly what he ment. In the book the main character, Danny Bell, is unsure of himself and who he wants to be. Terence Blacker must have really thought about the mind of a Danny Bell and andwhat he would think about his family problems. In the middle of the book it started to get a little bit boring but if you keep reading you find some int ...more
Allyson
Apr 03, 2010 Allyson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes a good laugh.
This book was very good. It is about a boy that lives with his dad, little brother and older sister in a very small apartment. He gets in offer to be on the new reality tv show "Parent Swap and get "New Parents" and takes it up, but he has to make this desicion if he wants to keep his new parents or go back to his old family.

What I have to say, is that whenever I'm bored and need something to read, I pick up this book. I love it so much. It's kind of cheesy, and probably could never happen in r
...more
Angela
This story has taught me a valuable lesson. I learned that even though we might hate or dislike our family and wish for a new family, no one else is as unique as them. You won't know that they're really special unless you don't see them for awhile. For Danny, he was invited to an organization that makes swaps for kids who want a fresh start in their life. He hated his life. The family was the worst thing he imagined: a sister with a weird boyfriend, mom who lives with her friend, dad who used to ...more
Matthew Don
Terence Blacker's book Parent Swap has a good plot and a realistic hero. It's original and very mysterious. The hero, Danny is just like any other kid,not some international super-spy or a homeless person , except the things that happen to him are exciting. I would give a positive recommendation to my friends, despite the looming fact it's a children's book. To be honest, It could be an adult book. Just change the boy to a man sick of his family, a bit like Wifeswap in a way, and it would be Fam ...more
Genna
it was okay but not a fan of it
Michelle :)
This is my reading rocks book (my new one) but it was so good I finished it in 5 days even though it doesn't look long It is so good i reccomend this to boys and girls who think that there life is unfair and espcially people that feels like they want to switch parents sometimes but this book show you a good reason not to because deep down inside you know that you don't :D Now I have learned how lucky I am to have greaat parents like mine. :D
Lou
May 02, 2008 Lou rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
This book is hilarious. A British teen is struggling to accept his unusual dysfunctional family-Mom has flown the coop, Dad is a former rock star with Agrophobia.

Then our narrator learns about a service called Parent Swap.
He innocently signs up and learns that there are worse things than his crazy parents. He also begins to suspect that something is amiss.

I recommend the audiobook. There is a lot of British humor.
Wais
Its not a bad book at all, I like the story line but I think they could be a little more realistic to be honest, I mean like,
The company "ParentSwap" is run by a bunch of children. 12 Year olds running a serious business going around acting professional.
Its not the most realistic thoughts, although the story line was pretty good I must admit
Mariana
La historia es rara pero tuvo un nose qué que me hizo seguir leyéndolo hasta acabarlo. Creo que fue que a veces uno quiere cambiar su vida cambiando de padres pero la verdad es que no. Aceptamos y valoramos la vida que tenemos.
Lilli Salvesen
It was an okay book. Not very many books that aren't fantasy can hold my intrest. This held my intrest pretty well. But it was just a book about a normal boy and it was just a very normal story.
Roxanne
What if you could take on a new identity? The freedom to make choices about who to have for his parents is very appealing to Danny. Is ParentSwap a real organization, or is Danny being played?
TamTam
Oct 24, 2008 TamTam marked it as unfinished
Unfinished/skipped through a lot just to see where it was going. It didn't extremely capture me enough.

Bianca
this is about a boy who is surching for a new family since his old one isn't the best
Emma
Oct 25, 2008 Emma added it
This book was kinda weird but it was good.
Jessy
it was ok...
Brii
It was okay =/
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Terence Blacker wanted to be a jockey when he grew and up. In fact, he could ride before he could walk, and his childhood hero was the great steeplechaser Mill House (a horse). He lives in Norfolk, England.
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