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Butler, Dori Hillestad.
New York : A. Whitman, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0807517089

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Last summer Jason had a scary experience when he almost drowned.  You can understand why Jason is not at all interested in learning to swim.  In fact, he’s scared to put his face in the water.  But his mom says he has to learn to swim and he will take lessons until he passes his swimming test.  Then horror of all horrors he runs into Tank at the Y.
Read page 16 ­ 19 (top of page)
What do you think will happen if Tank and Jason trade places?  Will it work?  To find out read Trading Places with Tank Talbott by Dori Hillestad Butler.    (Beth Lindsay, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL)  2005-2006 Sunshine State Young Reader’s List Grades 3-5

Booktalk #2

Oh man! I do not know how I got myself into this mess.Okay. Okay.I do know.It all started last summer when I fell out of my grandpa’s boat without my life jacket on and nearly drowned.So now my mom is insisting I learn how to swim, and to prove to her I can I have to graduate from the tadpole swimming class. Me.I’m 11 years old in a class full of 5 and 6 year olds for pete’s sake, and I’ve already failed the test twice. I have no desire to swim or even go near water again.Swimming is my sister Dagmar’s thing. She wins ribbons and trophies all the time. I’m happy just working on the script for my horror movie, Dagmartian. But if I ever want to be able to take a writing or acting class again I have to pass.Anyway, here is where the mess really becomes messy.You know Tank Talbott right? He’s only interested in finding out who he can beat up next. He broke my best friend Luke’s nose last year. Kind of looks like me?Yeah, him.Well his sister is getting married soon and he is supposed to be learning how to ballroom dance for the wedding reception.His dance class is at the same rec center where my swimming class meets. We were mistaken for each other a couple of times…and you see where this is leading right?I now know how to waltz and he always knew how to swim.Our final tests should be a breeze but wouldn’t you know it…our parents have decided to attend our final classes.If I can’t figure out how to waltz underwater, I will be the only like 80year old ever, to still be in the tadpoles.Read Trading Places with Tank Talbott by Dori Hillestad Butler to find out if I get out of this one.  Oklahoma Sequoyah Children’s Book Award nominee, 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Swimming -- Fiction.
                        Dance -- Fiction.
                        Authorship -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Bullies -- Fiction.


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