From Publishers Weekly
Ten-year-old British twins Ruby and Garnet take turns narrating this broad comedy, a winner of the Smarties Prize; PW described it as "an unexceptional mix of familiar plot devices." Ages 9-12.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6?A story written in the form of a journal with identical twin sisters writing in turns. The 10-year-old girls have always relished their twinship: making it impossible for people to tell them apart, working out signals so they can pretend to sneeze simultaneously, toss their braids in perfect synchronization, etc. At least, Ruby has always loved it?but then she's the dominant, extroverted one. Garnet seems to have been going along for the ride, safe in Ruby's shadow. When the twins' lives begin to change?a new girlfriend for their father, and then a new job in a new town with the corresponding new school for his daughters?their relationship is suddenly ripe for examination. When Ruby persuades her to audition for a TV series, Garnet rises to the occasion but is paralyzed with fear and subsequently guilt-ridden to have spoiled Ruby's chance at stardom. Next, Ruby plots their escape from home by applying to boarding school, but only Garnet passes the entrance exam. In the throes of making the decision to attend, she finds inner strength, and in finally acknowledging her twin's separate identity, Ruby affirms her love. Though the twins' voices are not always clearly differentiated as to vocabulary and style, their characters and interests are consistently distinct. Black-and-white cartoons add to the generally lighthearted tone. This is a solid but not a stunning read.?Miriam Lang Budin, Mt. Kisco Public Library, NY
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