Diane Mayer Christiansen Switcher

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Samantha Schmealy is no one special, really. In her thirteen years she has lived a quiet life with her parents on her family farm. Nothing out the ordinary has ever happened to her, not unless you count the strange goings on at the neighbors house a mile away. She has friends and likes school and likes summer vacation even better. Yes, everything is quite normal for Sam.that is until her parents find out about her very unusual secret, her ability to transform, or switch, into a sleek black cat. There is only one thing to be done. Sam must be sent away for "readjustment." Follow her journey through fear and anger to discovery and self acceptance as Sam and her new friends unravel the secrets of St. Levitius. You might even discover that being different is just fine.in fact it's amazing!

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Diane Mayer Christiansen grew up in Aurora, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. She began kindergarten in1971 and was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1973 upon entering second grade. Due to the lack of knowledge of this disorder she assimilated into the mainstream of academia unable to either read adequately or process information normally. After graduating from high school in 1984, she attended Aurora University, a private Christian college, earning a degree in biology. She worked for six years at the University of Chicago as a laboratory technician in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine. She then moved to the position of Laboratory Manager at Northwestern University where she was involved in genetic research for the department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology for four years. After the birth of her son, Jackie, she made the decision to be a stay at home Mom and write. She began writing young adult fantasy books and hopes to be an advocate to children struggling with dyslexia. Switcher is her first published novel.

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SWITCHER is lively, suspenseful, and imaginative. Young readers will be intrigued by the idea of people who can assume animal form, and by the well-constructed plot. --Nancy Veglahn

Switcher strikes a balance between creating a fantasy world and still creating characters that are believable and whom readers can relate to. While much different than a book like Olive s Ocean, Switcher brings to the surface the same issues of coming of age and being different. I think these topics are appropriate and necessary for students to openly discuss. --Jennifer Janda

Switcher is a real page turner. Readers will cheer for Samantha as Sam and her friends attempt to escape a scary institution where those in charge think being different is bad. Christiansen has written a story that is fun but also has a lot to say about accepting people as they are. --Naomi Gladish Smith

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