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The Day Joanie Frankenhauser Became a Boy

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Joanie's mom wants her to act more like a girl, but who can play basketball in a skirt and cute plastic sandals? When Joanie's family moves to a new town, a typo on the school records makes her John instead of Joan, and she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself. But how long can she keep pretending? And even if she could keep her identity secret, would she want to? Being ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 21st 2005 by Dutton Juvenile
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Jan 28, 2014 Michele rated it liked it
Joanie is a 5th grade girl who likes playing football. Her mother desperately wants her to act more like a girl. The boys want to exclude her from playing football. She also writes superhero stories.

When her family moves to a new town, the teacher calls Joanie "Johnny" by accident. She decides to go with it, thinking that now she can do all the "dude" things she wants to do--play football and be a superhero--and NOT have to act all girly and cook and wear makeup. This charade moves along pretty
Aug 10, 2008 Kelley added it
Dredging the archives of my old YA blog--from back in the day when I was a YA para-librarian. Awesome!

A typo on the attendance roll makes Joan into John at her new school. She decides to run with it; after all, the boys will have to let her play football with them now. Turns out, being a boy is just as hard as being a girl—and even harder if you’re actually a girl!

This book deals with some pretty typical gender stereotypes, and Ms. Lantz does a decent job of presenting them and allowing her cha
Apr 07, 2008 Dillon rated it did not like it
this book sucked
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 24, 2012 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile, gender
This was another cute book about some gender issues. I particularly liked how Joanie's relationship with her mother grew over the course of the book, even if the mother still remains pretty stereotypical. I do like that positives and negatives of being a boy and being a girl are both explored, especially in a pretty short book for young kids. It's a lot less didactic than Nelson's Gender Blender but possibly less nuanced as well. It does dismantle stereotypical behaviors earlier in the book thou ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
Even though I cried this book only gets a three. Joanie Frankenhauser hates being a girl, she doesn't like being sweet all the time and she can't play sports with the boys. When her family moves to a new city she decided to pretend that she's a boy so that she can start living the good life. She has a lot of fun for awhile but lying becomes draining and the demands of Zane (the most popular boy in her class) push her past the boiling point.

This is a cute story and the concept of the book is cle
Jun 23, 2014 Kym rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Joanie sees the perfect opportunity to be able to play sports with the boys by becoming one when she moves to a new school. She discovers that being a boy isn't just about getting a haircut and burping. Puberty is theme and I wouldn't recommend this for students younger than 5th grade without guidance from parents. This book is a very interesting look at the emotional differences as well as the physical differences between boys and girls. Social expectations for the two genders are also explored ...more
Oct 19, 2007 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This was a pretty quick read. I held my breath as the end got closer, waiting for the cheesy Hallmark ending where Joanie would realize she really had a crush on a boy and therefore couldn't "pretend" to be a boy anymore and would come clean with her real feelings. Fortunately, it was never quite that bad. There are a few ending details that did piss me off for their heterocentricity (is that a word?) but it tries hard to give a "be whoever you are" message. Mainstream? Yes. Terrible? No. (In my ...more
I really liked this book. This book was about how Joanie had alway wondered how would it be to be to be a boy she thought that it will be great because she will get wear whatever she wanted and no body will care mostly her mom and also she thought it was great because she wouldn't have to be so clean all the time or just be quite she thought if she was a boy she could do the opposite from that.
Dec 10, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
I was really curious as to how kidlit would handle trans issues. I was a bit disappointed, not because Joanie/John's gender identity isn't tied up in the end (She is eleven-ish, I think, so that seemed pretty realistic), but because I think Lantz creates a world that's much, much more rigid about gender than most people are today. The story would be better set in the 1960s or 70s. I did think it was pretty awesome that gender identity was tackled in a way that would make sense to kids.
Nov 06, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, sports, girls
Joanie Frankenhauser loves football, basketball, and skateboarding, but her mom thinks it's time she started to act, and dress, like a girl. When they move to a new town, a typo on her transcript turns Joan into John. She can't turn down the chance to live life as one of the boys, but it turns out to be harder than she thought. How long can Joanie keep her secret?
Jan 22, 2011 Rad rated it liked it
Read this after The Education of Bet, trying to find other books about girls dressing up as boys. This one I liked a bit better. AND I was very impressed with the brevity. Yeah, you know, as I keep writing this review, it actually strikes me as a very decent book.
Mar 27, 2008 Ellie rated it really liked it
funny, kinda short. a girl becomes a boy! *gasp!
Jul 27, 2011 Brianna rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A really great story that boys and girls, young as well as old, will enjoy.
Dec 30, 2008 Mary marked it as to-read
Recommended by Amazon based, apparently, on my purchase of a Psych of Women textbook. (Apparently, my love of juvy lit is just a given.)
Jan 28, 2010 Mariyah rated it really liked it
this was an ok book,it wasnt really that exiting at some parts it was really good but only like twice
Oct 20, 2015 Josh rated it did not like it
something with fuzzy polar bears huh!
Dec 17, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing
Thanks Susan, i LOVED it. Joanie is so cool, i want her to be my friend.
Oct 19, 2008 Sophie rated it liked it
3 and a half really
Cassie Bumcrot
Feb 28, 2008 Cassie Bumcrot is currently reading it
Since I am teaching I read a lot of young adult books. They are actually pretty good.
Dec 12, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Relationship analysis interspered with clever, creative writing.
Jun 17, 2014 Deirdre rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookaday
The grass is always greener perspective.
Drew ???
this is the most inapropiat book for humans subspecies might be able to bear it
Dia MacMighty
Oct 11, 2015 Dia MacMighty rated it really liked it
Good middle school read talking about growing up and stereotypes as a tomboy pretends to be a boy at her new school.
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i didn't really like it, but i reread it and got through it in like a day
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Francess Lin Lantz (b. August 27, 1952, Trenton, New Jersey — d. November 22, 2004, Santa Barbara, California) was an American children's librarian turned fiction writer, whose fan base was mostly preteen and teenaged girls.

For more than two decades, Lantz wrote more than 30 books, including several juvenile bestsellers. She won the American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults award
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