In Double Switch, Jordan Blake looks like a spy because of his gangly frame, his long thin nose, and his mother’s insistence that he wear a long coat and a hat. He unwittingly becomes involved in a spy ring and finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Throughout the story Jordan is pursued by an unwanted admirer Maggie, whose continual attention proves to be his salvation.
Features of the Book – The structure and language of a mystery novel, – Compound words – briefcase, everywhere, homework, bookshelves, handcuffs, sugarplum, footsteps, – The punchy humorous style of prose, – Text supported by illustrations of key actions, – Figures of speech – almost jumped out of his skin; catch your death of cold; ran like lightning, – The use of irony – the man waving at Jordan and Maggie’s unwelcome attention, Purpose Double Switch can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – using prediction to promote discussion, – identifying the author’s intention, – using inference to draw conclusions, – exploring the story’s narrative structure, – working with compound words and suffixes, – mapping the story line.
Themes covered in this book are: Humour, Relationships
Reading Level:25-26 (Emerald)
Guided Reading Level25
Theme/TopicHumour | Relationships
Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Making inferences | Making predictions | Text structure | Vocabulary and word study