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Parent Swap

Five Key Facts About Danny Bell:

1) He wants to be Artemis Fowl. Well, not Artemis specifically, but he wants money, power and intrigue, and when he fantasizes about the life he wants, Danny refers to himself as Jay Daniel Bellingham.
 
2) He has a very dysfunctional family. His sister Kirsty has zero sense of humor. His little brother Robbie spends all his time playing computer games. Dad hasn't left the house in years, and Mum never comes home.

3) If he disappeared tomorrow, the only two people who would care are his friends Maddy and Rick.

4) One of his favorite hobbies is bird-watching.

5) He has decided to take on a new family via Parent Swap. 

Four Oddities About Parent Swap:

1) Every family Danny visits has hidden cameras all over.

2) He tries a few different families, but none of them quite work out.

3) Parent Swap has an honor system that they never bothered to tell Danny about. Kids who make the "wrong choices" are sent back to their original parents after a warning.

4) His liaison at Parent Swap, Rafiq, seems to be affiliated with a company called KeepItReal TV Productions, Ltd.

Three Things That Danny Figures Out:

1) Parent Swap is filming his experience.

2) His life is now a reality TV show, but it's more Truman Show than "American Idol."

3) He's supposed to be the key to fixing some bad publicity that his new family got.

Two People Danny Enlists in his Quest to Uncover the Truth About Parent Swap:

1) Rick

2) Maddy

One Thing the Staff at Parent Swap Doesn't Know:

Danny is on to them, and he's going to spin things his way.

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Reviewed by Carlie Webber on October 18, 2011

Parent Swap
by Terence Blacker

  • Publication Date: August 8, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • ISBN-10: 0374357528
  • ISBN-13: 9780374357528