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Untwine

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

by Edwidge Danticat, 303 pages, Grades 7 and up.

Giselle and Isabelle are very close friends AND identical twins. In fact, they’re so close that when the family gets in a car accident the living twin can’t quite understand which one she is. She is severely injured and barely conscience; nurses and doctors come and go taking care of her as she watches from somewhere seemingly far away. Her parents have also been injured in the accident, will they know which twin sits before them? And, in the end of the day, can one twin survive without the other? 

If you like stories about interesting family circumstances you might also enjoy: Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor, or Guitar Boy, by M.J. Auch. Or, if you enjoy sad stories you might also like reading: Boy in the Black Coat, by Jason Reynolds, or My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher.

 

Runaway Twin

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

runaway twinBy Peg Kehret, 197 pages  Grades 5-8

“Most people who have a life-changing experience survive a terrible injury or disease.  My life was transformed by a craving for Twinkies.”

Twinkies remind Sunny Skyland of her twin sister who she hasn’t seen since their mother and grandmother died in car accident when they were 3 years-old.  A sudden windfall provides the funding for Sunny to set off, alone, on a cross-country journey to find her sister, Starr, with only an old photograph to guide her.  Along the way, she picks up a four-legged traveling companion and braves challenges from both man and nature.

Connections:  For other stories about kids in foster care, try reading The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson or Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.

Thirteenth Child

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Thirteenth-Childby Patricia C. Wrede, p. 344 – Grades 6 & Up

Eff and her twin brother Lan live in a magical, alternative version of the the western frontier.  Eff is born the thirteenth child, a position that is thought to bring bad luck to the family, while her brother is lucky 14 and the 7th son of the 7th son, a position that brings extraordinary magical power.  The family moves from the civilized and secure east  to the western frontier where a magical border keeps dangerous creatures like the dreaded steam dragons away from the settlements.  Despite her difficulties learning and controlling magic, Eff’s teacher Miss Ochiba teaches her not only Avrupan magic but also the Hijero-Cathayan and Aphrikan styles.  An expedition to the settlements outside the Great Barrier Magic tests her magical skills.

Connection:  For another story that brings a magical alternative to a historical setting, try reading The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer.