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The Day Joanie Frankenhauser Became a Boy

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Joanie's mom wants her to act more like a girl, but who can play basketballin 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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Michele
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
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Rachel
Mar 02, 2008 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Recommended to Rachel by: uh...... no one.
This book isnt very good. It stinks i thought i would fall asleep when i was reading it. And it was sort of bad. I CANT BELEIVE THAT WE ARE READING IT FOR READ ALOUD!
Kym
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
Kelley
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
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Nicoleb
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.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
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
Anna
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
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Dana
Nov 06, 2007 Dana rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Deirdre
The grass is always greener perspective.
Nicole
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.
Kate
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?
Rad
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.
Mary
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.)
Mariyah
this was an ok book,it wasnt really that exiting at some parts it was really good but only like twice
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.
☠*Jenny*☠ ♥yep, that one♥
i didn't really like it, but i reread it and got through it in like a day
Brianna
A really great story that boys and girls, young as well as old, will enjoy.
Drew ???
this is the most inapropiat book for humans subspecies might be able to bear it
Julie
Thanks Susan, i LOVED it. Joanie is so cool, i want her to be my friend.
Debbie
Relationship analysis interspered with clever, creative writing.
Maryam Ahmad Parwani
this book is devastatingly boring o mg i think iam die
Sierra
it was a great book that i could really relate to
Ellie
funny, kinda short. a girl becomes a boy! *gasp!
Sophie
3 and a half really
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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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