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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  718 ratings  ·  69 reviews
When Tad Spencer's father denies him a trip to a theme park, Tad wishes he were someone else. The next day, his wish comes true.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published 2004 by Walker Books (first published 1996)
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Cathrine Bonham
Kind of a neat twist on the Prince and the Pauper story.

When spoiled rich kid, Tad Spencer, thoughtlessly wishes that he was someone else he learns the hard way that money isn't everything. Going to bed as wealthy Tad and waking up as the poor and criminally inclined Bob is a shock to him but he does a better job of blending in than Bob does as Tad. Tad's elite parents expect him to know Latin and Greek and to have actual table manners.

I love body switching stories and this was good one. Body s
Simon Aldous
I'd really not got on with the Anthony Horowitz books I'd read up until this one, but because he seems to be one of the few authors my 8-year-old son will let me read to him, I've had to persist - and whatever I may think of Horowitz, I have to give him credit for helping prevent my son being completely turned off reading!

In any case, I rather enjoyed this one. It's a body-swap story, which Horowitz firmly acknowledges is not an original idea, but he does do something different with it. Tad is t
For one of my independent reading book I read the switch by Anthony Horowitz. I went away from my usually path of sports books and went with a mystery. I have read some of Anthony's other books such as some of the Alex Rider series, so I decided to try another one of his books. The book is about a boy named Tad Spencer who lives in a mansion, and has parents who give him whatever he wants. He is so rich because of his father's very successful business of beauty cream lotion that is given to huma ...more
To this day "The Switch" remains one of my favourite books; although the premise is unoriginal and there are ideas clearly taken from other literary works Anthony Horowitz has produced a fantastic, and sometimes horrifying, version of one of literature's classic tales which is definitely worth the read.

The book tells the tale of Tad Spencer, a typically snooty rich kid who doesn't even think to look beyond the constraints of his easy life. Not long into the book Tad, to his horror, finds himself
Once again Anthony Horowitz spins his magic with this novel The Switch. With a plot line of Freaky Friday in which Tad an overweight spoiled rich kids up switching bodies one fateful night with Bob - a petty thief who lives in a horrible carnival.

Tad now has to learn his wits to survive and keep out of harm's way. As in any good adventure tale Tad learns more about his inner self and gains a better perspective of himself. The growth of Tad is a great pleasure to read. The ending is a perfect A+
Nicola Mansfield
My son read this book and really enjoyed it so I read it after him. That is a deal we have. This is my first book by this author and while I only thought it was good/ok, I would still like to try some of his other work. A typical scenario of trading places as in "The Prince and the Pauper" only a little magic is involved more like "Freaky Friday". A rich boy and a street-wise carnival thief wake up in each other's bodies. While written in the third person we follow the story from Tad (the rich b ...more
An interesting look at the things we value and how life may not always be as it seems. Short and well written, although I think there are quite a few Brit-centric references that may puzzle Aussie kids.
K.C. Rivers
A cute story and fun, easy read. Anthony Horowitz has yet to disappoint me. Even his shorter stories are worth reading.
Read this in year 7 or 8 I think. I remember it being a strange, slightly scary book. Thoroughly enjoyable though.
Robyn Bave
An odd "The Prince and the Pauper". Just when you think you know what will happen you are thrown a curve.
Iman Ismaeel
should be the first thing to choose from the shelf.... for beginners
Erin Forson
The Switch
by Anthony Horowitz
Imagine being a millionaire, you want for nothing. Ipod? You have three. Flat Screen? Whatever—that technology is so yesterday. Car? Um, do you want to drive your Porsche today or your Jaguar? That's Tad's life being the son of a tycoon. His dad sells all-natural beauty creams that have never been tested on animals. The public eats up the product. But one day Tad makes a wish, and when he wakes up he is in the grossest, poorest possible surroundings and inside of a s
Rich, spoiled, yet ever-so-sickenly-polite, Thomas Arnold David Spencer, Tad for short, realizes a little too late that is dangerous to wish for something that you may not really want. When he wishes to be somebody else, he switches places with Bob Snarby, a dirty, poor, street urchin with monsterous parents and a life full of criminal activity and dangerous plots. In The Switch, Tad and Bob scramble to acclimate themselves into their new lives, and as a result find out a lot about themselves an ...more
May 11, 2013 Izzy is currently reading it
Kind of a neat twist on the Prince and the Pauper story.

When spoiled rich kid, Tad Spencer, thoughtlessly wishes that he was someone else he learns the hard way that money isn't everything. Going to bed as wealthy Tad and waking up as the poor and criminally inclined Bob is a shock to him but he does a better job of blending in than Bob does as Tad. Tad's elite parents expect him to know Latin and Greek and to have actual table manners.

I love body switching stories and this was good one. Body s
Jul 13, 2014 Arghavan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arghavan by: شکیبا -دخترعمّه- .
من از این خیــلی ترسیدم. :)) قشنگ یادم ه. :)) بعد از خوندنش، تا دوسال جرئت نداشتم غر بزنم که کاش یکی دیگه بودم و اینا. :-"

حتّی اسمِ ترجمهی فارسیش هم یادم نیست. فقط یادم بود که آنتونی هوروویتس نوشتهش؛ و خب مشتاق بودم که ادش کنم. :ی
I read this book for our local elementary school, for rating purposes. I have always liked the trading bodies idea ie: Freaky Friday & Vice Versa movies. The movies were great! This book has to do with a rich boy trading bodies with a poor boy. It was pretty good. Though, I am a little concerned a fourth grader will be reading it - monthly AR tests are required at this school. A few people get shot, there are a few home invations, a stabbing, 3+ swear words, and the authority figures in this ...more
Lostaccount Darkpool
A take on the old Prince and the Pauper theme. Great characters - Doll wiping her mouth with a kipper! And Finn reminded me of Fagin from Oliver Twist. Horowitz has a great sense of humour. I don't think you have to be a kid to enjoy this book.
Annaha Ibrahim
a 13 year old boy whose name is tad spencer did extremely well in his studies but he is obviously overweight. born to a filthy rich family, he has everything he had ever wanted until one night, he wished for something he shouldn't so he woke up in another boy's body, bob snarby. bob is a pitiable child of eric and doll snarby who lived in poverty and crime.

it was a good story and i really like the twist at the end. the way flinn died. the way sir hubert spencer exposed his testing on children a
Sep 28, 2009 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys or girls who like other books by Anthony Horowitz.
Recommended to Karen by: find books by title or author or isbn
Shelves: magic, action
Tad, a wealthy, spoiled chubby boy, wakes up one morning to find himself in the body of a someone completely different -- a poor, skinny, filthy, dishonest boy named Bob who works in a carnival. How did it happen, and why? And is the real Bob now inhabiting Tad's body? Boys will enjoy this action-filled story reminiscent of Freaky Fridayand The Prince and the Pauper. Tad ends up learning more than he expected about his real family and about himself.
Very, very nice book. Original storyline, plot sense of humour too
Some times she *only* managed to eat about nine pizzas, not to mention the chocolates
Nikola Glushkov
I personally loved this book as it had that interesting story and moreover, the characters!!! I highly recommend it!!! :)
Very good book it tells you the life of a rich boy and a poor boy and there lives get switched.
Mark Soone
What a cool little story....I was waiting on books 2-4 of the Diamond brothers detectives series, and having just read groosham grange spied this one and thought what the heck. Turns out this was a very cool spin on a prince and the pauper esque type of stories.

recommended for teen/tween fantasy adventure lovers. Keep in mind this is not very deep and character development is quite minimal....Yet, the characters are still likeable & is a very light and fast paced story....Qu
Me being a great fan of Anthony Horowitz, decided to purchase this book. It was a quick read but great nevertheless - it captures the life of the spoilt son of a rich businessman, Tad who switches bodies with a less-privileged boy who's parents work in the carnival.

This leads on to many things; kidnappings, break-ins, gypsies and even an evil secret that could change Tads life forever.

Great book, well plotted and even has the distinctive characteristic that Roald Dahl's stories has. Well done t
Liora Katz
i found this book beautifully creepy in the best way!
Laura Brown
This was the first book I ever read from start to finish on my own at the age of 13. I absolutely loved it, which was a bonus because I only bought it because I had a 5 book voucher from school and it had a shiny cover. And though it has been nearly 10 years since I read it, I still remember it vividly. I can't go to a Body Shop store or Harrods or a travelling fair without thinking about Tad and his adventures. The book is aimed a young teenage boys, but I think everyone should read this. ...more
This book is one of my favorites. It is very much a book that kids will truly enjoy reading. Very amusing and great. I can not stop myself from imagining every single word I read in the book.


I purchased this book a thousand days ago looking new and all but now, it looks older than me. My friends and cousins really enjoyed it, too, that they were willing to sleep with this book instead of pillows.
Catherine Nemesnyik
A very different story by the author of the Alex Rider series. Rich, spoiled Tad Spencer finds himself in the body of poor, corrupt Bob Snarby. Tad wants to switchback, but Bob isn't interested. Life is good. Why would Bob want to change back? Tad tries to come to terms with his new life working in a carnival, but it soon becomes too dangerous and drastic action must be taken. An exciting story with twists and turns on every page.
Nesa Sivagnanam
Tad Spencer lives a life of luxury: a mansion, servants, exotic vacations, and all the toys he could dream of. But when his father denies him a trip to a theme park, Tad wishes he were someone else. The next day, he wakes up as Bob Snarby, a carnival worker living in abject conditions in a criminal world. This terrifying body swap is just the beginning of an adventure that will lead Tad to uncover a secret that will change his life forever.
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