A wacky tale of forgiveness and empathy
"Switched!" is the 5th book in the "TJ and the Time Stumblers" series by Bill Myers. It continues the story of mishaps and adventures that junior higher T.J. Finkelstein experiences as a result of her from-the-future companions Herby and Tuna and all their 23rd century gadgets and inventions.
In this installment, they learn a valuable lesson about empathy, compassion and forgiveness as they "walk a mile" in other's shoes as a result of a body-switching gizmo. TJ begins to understand that the life of her adversary, Hesper Breakaheart, is not all sunshine and rainbows, and the futuristic Herby and Tuna learn why their archenemy is out to get them.
As far as the series goes, this is probably the second best "moral to the story" but it unfortunately feels like each book gets a little more obnoxious than the last. I didn't really enjoy "Switched!" but because I did appreciate the moral and practical lessons in it, I am giving it 3 stars. :)
August 31, 2013
Switched: Lesson on Forgiveness
In Switched, TJ learns the value of forgiveness when Tuna and Herby cause a ruckus that results in the body switching of TJ and Hesper. Living a day in HesperÃ¢ÂÂs shoes helps TJ realize how hard it is to always be Ã¢ÂÂperfectÃ¢ÂÂ and how much pressure the movie star has on a daily basis. As TJ is learning this valuable lesson, Bruce, who is the nemesis of Tuna and Herby, keeps showing up causing further havoc. TJ, who struggles with forgiving Hesper, manages to get Bruce to forgive Tuna and Herby for a prank that they pulled on him that caused much humiliation for Bruce. Despite the chaos that TJ, Hesper, Chad, and their classmates experienced, everything turned out well in the end and TJ learned another lesson that will help her become the great world leader she is going to grow up to be. This was another great tween/teen read by Bill Myers, which I found funny while still teaching an important Biblical truth that all should learn.
August 20, 2013
Crazy Happenings, Always Unexpected
This is fifth in a series of six awesome books for young readers. They are full of impossible things happening, and are quite imaginative. You can never guess what will happen next. I put my review for book 5 under book 6 in error, but they are both good. TJ is a girl who learns about forgiveness. She has good Midwestern manners, unlike the Malibu girls. Some apt comments appear about typical celebrity wannabes, all in fun, of course. My favorite part is the texting withdrawals in Yikes. I think the author jumps out of the story too much in the last one.
August 14, 2013
TJ's visitors from the 23rd century are still around, and causing trouble as usual. They accidently have TJ and her archenemy, Hester, switch bodies, and that leads to trouble.
I thought this book was good and crazy like the others in the series. TJ learns a lesson in kindness after she realizes what Hester's life is like.
August 7, 2013