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The Art of the Swap

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Two girls trade places in time to solve a legendary art heist across two centuries!

As the daughter of a caretaker for a mansion-turned-museum, twelve-year-old Hannah Jordan has spent nearly all her life steeped in the history of the Gilded Age of Newport, Rhode Island. The Elms, the mansion where her dad works (and they both live), is one of the most esteemed historical p
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
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Ms. Yingling
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Netgalley
Hannah lives in Newport, Rhode Island in The Elms, a fabulous mansion from the Gilded Age. Of course, her father is the caretaker of the 1905 edifice, so she lives in a small apartment, but she does have the opportunity to roam around, and she loves learning about the history of the time, a fact which sometimes gets her into trouble with the docents! She is intrigued by the portrait of Margaret Dunlap-- the original painting by Mary Cassat was stolen the night of the unveilin
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Asselin, Kristine and Jen Malone The Art of the Swap, 333 pages. Aladdin (Simon), 2018. $17. Content: G.

Hannah, 12, loves living in The Elms museum with her caretaker father. She does, however, sometimes get I trouble for correcting the docents in front of the patrons. Always fascinated by mystery of the missing portrait of Maggie Dunlap, the tween heiress who grew up in the home over 100 years ago. One day while looking at the replacement portrait, Hannah sees something in a mirror – Maggie! Wh
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I personally do not like books that alternate between the characters narrating the chapters. For me I just get into the flow of the story and wham I have to reestablish the story in my head and try to get back into reading. Then wham it happens again and again. I suspect there are many people like me and perhaps especially many young readers starting out. As a result I don't recommend this book.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am going to see the author today!! (tuesday the 9th)
Jen Petro-Roy
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I loved this! Swapping identity stories are always so fun, but the dual time periods of this book makes it extra fascinating.
Jen Dee
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun young teen historical switcheroo with some mystery solving thrown in. I recommend it for ages 8+.
Patty Palmer
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?

If you could switch places with someone, who would you choose? For Hannah Jordan, daughter of the caretaker at The Elms Mansion in Newport, RI, it’s Margaret, a.k.a. “Maggie” Dunlap, the young heiress who summered at The Elms in the early twentieth century.

In a “Freaky Friday”-like time travel experience, Hannah no longer has to wonder what it was like to live in the Gilded Age. Her wish is granted when both girls appear on opposite sides of a mystery mirro
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had to power through a book hangover, when I started this, but I really enjoyed it.

Maggie and Hannah were great characters with relatable strengths and weaknesses. It was interesting to see that even though they were so different, they were a perfect pair. I found it refreshing that this book featured two female protagonists and they weren’t whiny and didn’t waste time bickering.

Maggie and Hannah responded to their time travel, in ways, that I felt truly fit their characters. Each made mistake
Patrick Hodges
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
What a delightful story. I loved every part of it.

Hannah has the privilege of living in the stately Elms manor, a remnant of the Gilded Age of the early 20th century. She's big on history, and often gets into trouble because she knows more about the place than the docents who give tours. One day, she happens upon a hidden mirror which gives her a tiny window into the past. She sees Maggie, a girl her age from 1905 whose portrait Hannah has admired for many years. Both girls, full of curiosity, t
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like it more

Two girls live in the same mansion — centuries apart. One is wealthy beyond imagination, but living in an era that put tight constraints on the work, and worth, of women. The other is a modern child, the daughter of mansion’s manager, free to roam the house when it isn’t open to visitors, but relegated to live mainly in the attic apartment with her dad. One is the subject of a famous painting that was stolen almost upon completion, and the other wants to discover whatever
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twelve year olds Hannah Jordan and Maggie Dunlop both live in Newport, Rhode Island in the same house, except Maggie lives there in 1905 and Hannah lives there now. Maggie is the niece of the estate's owner, and enjoys the many luxuries (and restrictions) of a girl from upper class society in the gilded age. Hannah is the daughter of the caretaker of the museum that the house has become. Through a twist of fate, the two girls manage to switch bodies and places in time. Suddenly, Hannah is in Mag ...more
Janelle Hackbarth
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I was so happy I got this book. Normally, I don't read a lot of Middle Grade books, but what drew me to this book was the time travel aspect (one of my favorite genres) and the fact that we (the readers) not only get a view of the past from a present girl, but a few of our present from a girl from the turn-of-the-twentieth century.

I cannot name all the parts of the book I liked, but here's some of the most that stand out (and I'll try to be discreet and not spoil anything). I liked when Maggie (
Elliott Winter
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of the Swap is truly a mesmerizing and engaging children's books incorporating three of my favorite genres, Children's Literature,History and Mystery all into one. To start out in the modern times as the character Hannah Jordan, and to mysteriously end up in 1905 as the well to do Maggie Dunlop at her family's estate which you live in now in the modern times as it is a museum, and Maggie then ends up as Hannah to work together to unravel a hundred year mystery of what really happened to ...more
Kristin Crouch
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two girls living in a Newport mansion 100 years apart- and their lives intersect because of a famously stolen painting. On the surface they seem mismatched, but Hannah and Maggie soon find out they can work together to solve a mystery and change history.
The mystery was intriguing, the setting breathtaking, and the differences they encounter by being swapped in time are entertaining. But what I loved the most was how Asselin and Malone made sure to highlight societal issues in both eras. From cl
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this time traveling story! I liked that the story switched back and forth between this century and the last century. It was very interesting to see how different the two centuries have become and how a 21st century kid might fare in the 20th century and vice versa. Maggie and Hannah are both in for some shocks as they try to navigate the others world without permanently messing anything up for each other. As Hannah tries to solve a century old mystery in the 20th century, she rea ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, jfic
If I could do half stars I would rate it 3.5 stars. The chapters were short and quick to read. I think the book dragged in the middle and could have been a bit shorter. I enjoyed the plot and the main characters. There were lots of references to feminism but I didn't think they were over the top. This is a good book for kids who liked Serafina and the Black Cloak (except there is nothing paranormal). I didn't realize until the end that the mansion in the book is real as are some of the character ...more
Kristen Picone
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A time-travel story, reminiscent of Freaky Friday. Written from the perspective of Maggie, who spends her summers at The Elms, a Newport mansion during the Gilded Age, and Hannah, who lives at The Elms in the present-day with her caretaker father. The girls travel through time and work to solve a decades-old mystery of a missing portrait, while also experiencing and adjusting to a time/life so different from each of her own. I enjoyed the back matter, which includes information about the parts o ...more
Lisa Lewis
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of the Swap is about two 12 year old girls (Hannah and Maggie) that live a century apart in the same residence. It resonated deeply with me, as I am a lover of mysteries. And the mystery of the stolen portrait is intriguing. But this book is so much more. It discusses the class systems that were the staple in America. It discusses women’s rights before women had the right to vote and today. I absolutely loved the strong female leads. I have already recommended The Art of the Swap to my l ...more
Lilly F.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Jordan has been living at The Elms mansion for as long as she can remember. She and her father live in what used to be the servents quarters, but is now a home to the 2 of them because The Elms has been turned into a muesem. As much as Hannah is a history smartie and how she always corrects Trent's facts on tours, it is the portrait of Maggie Dunlap, an original family member of The Elms, that always fascinates her. That is until one day thanks to a magical and mysterious mirror, they swa ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so very very sad that I've finished reading this book. Right from the start the characters of Hannah and Maggie pull you in and drag you by the hand through this whirlwind adventure. I couldn't put it down and only wanted to pick it back up again when I did. The storyline is similar enough to Freaky Friday (book and movie) but takes on a whole new level of intrigue with solving a mystery and dominating with GIRL POWER! These two authors have combined their voices seamlessly into one fantasti ...more
This was a read aloud with my 7 yr old daughter and we both really enjoyed it. It was fun to read the comparisons of two different time periods and what each girl had trouble with or found most interesting in the "new" time. There were also a couple twists and some interesting problem solving that made it fun too. I didn't realize that so much of the story was based on fact (bits & pieces) until the end notes and that actually made me like the story more!

This book came in our "The Guilded A
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for this ARC. Thank you to Aladdin and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book before publication.

In The Art of the Swap we have historical fiction with a mystery, an art heist and time travel. Yes, please. Really enjoyed watching Maggie and Hannah cope in their new environments. The mansion at the center of the plot is a real place and still a tourist attraction in Newport. Loved the ways the girls modeled friendship to each other and those they encountered during the swap. Hi
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Completely by chance, I read this book at the same time I was reading The Art Forger which created a unique and interesting experience.
Completely by chance, I read this book at the same time I was reading The Art Forger which created a unique and interesting experience.
The Art of the Swap is a middle grade heist adventure shared by Hannah, who lives in modern times and idealizes life at The Elms during the Gilded Age, and Maggie, a young woman from the Gilded Age who struggles with living up to
Kären Marroquin
This is totally the type of book that appeals to me- especially given that I grew up in an old, somewhat historical home as well. I love the idea of the two girls switching places and experiencing each other's lives. I liked that the included the theme of feminism... but it did seem a bit overdone at times. The other thing that bothered me was the amount of slang that the present day girl used- I just worry that this book will feel dated in a year or two. Which is unfortunate, because it is a gr ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun time-swap story between a modern girl who likes with the caretaker of an old mansion and one of the original inhabitants of that mansion. Modern Hannah spends her time working on an old mystery that has persisted to her day, almost destroying a few lives in the process, while 1900s Maggie is forced into a high stakes soccer game and strange technology but also manages to work on getting them to swap back. Hannah's modern slang is very strong, sometimes to the extent of being a bit cray-cray.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love books where characters trade places, especially across different time periods. It was interesting to read the characters' reactions to the different time periods they jumped to. The end of the book came together really well and I liked the message. I wanted to give this book a 3/4 because at times it was a bit heavy handed in having one of the characters explain how things had changed between the two time periods. Also, the slang of one of the characters was a bit distracting at times.
Erin Cashman
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
I loved The Art of the Swap!!! What a fun story with a feminist bent! The book is about two 12 year old girls who live in the same house ( a Newport Mansion later turned museum), but a century apart. They swap places, and in order to swap back, they must solve a mystery. With great writing, wonderful characters, time travel adventures, and lots of girl power - I highly recommend this middle grade book!
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
What do 1905 and 2017 have in common?
Two curious twelve year old time travelers. . .
How much has changed?
Interesting to see "what" technology was available in 1905 and what life was like for an "almost" teeenager after the turn of the last century.

This is a MUST READ book if you like Mysteries or Time Travel!!!
Eileen Winfrey
Maggie and Hannah switch bodies and time periods (between 1905 and the present day) and have to figure out how to get back to their own times and lives. While the solution turns out to be to solve an art heist, the jokes have been done and the plot advances at a glacial pace. Safe to read aloud in class, this story may interest the current 3rd grader who hasn’t seen Freaky Friday.
Short Review:
Identity Swap: Check
Dual Time Frame: Check
Mystery Solving: Check
Whirlwind Adventure: Check

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This was absolutely thrilling! The time travel genre is one that should not be reckoned with. Especially this one. The Art Of The Swap was educational in an interesting way. It teaches our young minds about
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Kristine Carlson Asselin's second YA novel FALLING FOR WONDER BOY will be out in February 2019, released by Wicked Whale Publishing.

Asselin's debut YA novel ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT (originally published with Bloomsbury Spark, rereleased by Wicked Whale Publishing) is now available.

THE ART OF THE SWAP (Simon and Schuster), co-authored with Jen Malone, came out in spring 2018.

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