American cousin, 13 year old Sam Lopez, has come to live with family in London upon the death of his mother. His violent Dad is in and out of jail. His cousin, Matthew, talks Sam into going to school dressed as a girl. It's a prank that is only supposed to last a short time but it ends up coming in handy.
Sam's mom left him a huge legacy from royalties from her first husband. Now to protect himself from his father who wants to get his hands on Sam's money Sam continues to pose as a girl. He fools everyone. Who is he? Sam or Samantha? Fast-paced and short chapters.
978-0374309268 300 pages Ages 12 -16
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
From the publisher:
Is he a girl? Is she a boy?
Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be trusted to be a reliable friend? Matthew and his "mates" decide that Sam must undertake a challenge in order to prove himself: he must start off his new year at their school posing as a girl. It turns out that Sam makes a great girl. He fools everyone and has an electrifying effect at Bradbury Hill School. And the longer the prank goes on, the more hilarious -- and serious -- the repercussions.
This brilliant novel shines a laser-sharp beam into the perilous territory of early-teen life, in an unforgettable story of chaos, confusion, and cross-dressing.