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From Publishers Weekly

An unexceptional mix of familiar plot devices, this British import is almost gratingly obvious. Ten-year-old twins Ruby and Garnet take turns narrating, and although their voices aren't especially different, they are meant to be opposites. Ruby is outgoing, Garnet shy; Ruby leads, Garnet follows. Their mother has died long ago, and now their father has a girlfriend, whom they immediately reject. The four move from the city to the country, where the twins are desperately unhappy. Serious issues, like the burdens of twinhood and the difficulties of forging independent identities, become lost amid a surfeit of frothy subplots, including an audition for a TV show and a plan to enter a ritzy boarding school. The narration is frequently cloying, as in Ruby's comments about her father's taste for classic literature: "If we have a look at Dad's book we wonder what the Dickens they're about and they seem very Hardy, but Dad likes them." The brittle nature of Wilson's (Elsa, Star of the Shelter) writing finds its extension in her glib resolution of the conflicts, and the illustrations, rendered as if by Ruby and Garnet, are as flat and unrevealing as the story. Ages 9-12.
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440867592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440867593
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,299,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
You wanna know why this book is so great? Well, you'll just have to read it - but I will tell you a little bit.

This book you are about to order (maybe) Is about identical twins with totally different personalities. Ruby is outgoing and playful, while Garnet is quiet and shy. When their mother dies and gets replaced by frizzy dizzy Rose, they have to team up and stand up against the family.

You're still wondering why this book is so good right? Well, the reason why I rated this book 5 stars is because it is so organized and if you read it, it'll hook you, making you want to read more, more, more: until you finish and complain that there is no sequel to it.

Jacqueline Wilson fans, welcome the amazing: DOUBLE ACT!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Double Act is a great book about 2 inseparable twins, their dad, their mom, their gran, and their mean stepmother, Rose.

It is sort of short but is very much worth reading if you like sad books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read a book called Double Act. This was one of the best books that I have ever read. It was funny, adventurous, and very much like real life. It was adventurous because the two main characters, Ruby and Garnet, who are identical twins, ask their dad (their mom is dead) if they can audition for a twin commercial, but he says no. Regardless of this, they go to New York and audition. It was funny because their dad met someone that they hate and they do funny things like confuse her, throw-up on her, etc. This is realistic because she made these two characters act how real twins act-I would know because I have a twin sister. Jacqueline wilson has a very unique writing style. she uses cliffhangers,and writes in a way that there is never a part whereit isn't interesting, boring or obvious. this is a book that you just can't put down! When you come acorss a book well-written, like this one, you say, "Mom, just let me finish this chapter I have just one more page to finish!" You really have three, but anything to read more of it! I suggest this book to anyone who like funny, adventurous, and realistic books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
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Welcome to Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson. This book is about 2 girls that are twins. Their names are Ruby and Garnet. They really don't like their Dad's new girlfriend. Their real mother died when they were little. Now their whole life is ruined when Rose comes in. If you want to find out more, just buy the book, you'll love it!
I liked this book because I remebered my old friends when reading it. They don't like their stepmother either. They are aleays crying because they want their mother back.
I would like to recommend this book to my friends and to all the girls that like reading about twins. I bet that when you get this book you won't want to put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is about twins called Ruby and Garnet. I liked this story for lots of reasons. I am interested in what life is like for twins. The story is written from the point of view of each twin - the twins take it in turns to narrate a chapter. I also enjoyed the different things going on in the story. Some parts are funny, other parts are a little sadder - Ruby and Garnet are not always happy to be identical twins. I couldn't put the book down - but then I am always like that with a Jacqueline Wilson book.
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By Italo Perazzoli on May 29, 2012
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Ruby and Garnet are identical twins who do everything together, they are ten year old living with their father and grandmother, unfortunately their mother Opal is died.

Despite their different characters; Ruby is social and Garnet accepts her sister as leader, they are agree on everything.

Their enemy is Rose, the new girlfriend of their father, but over the time they will change their mind.
Until the last chapter the voice describes carefully their relationship to the outer world remarking that their behavior is immature and childish.

"You're going to have to learn to someday said Dad. You'll both grow up and have different jobs and have different lifestyles and have different families. No we're going to stay together, I said. We'd got it all sorted out. We'd stick together when we were old" (Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson, page 146)

Thank to the entire family Ruby, the strong character decided to change "the book" to a Memorandum where she realize that her sister do not need to be the same, and consequently they do not have to do the same things, to be happy.

Unexpectedly Garnet accepts this mutation having positive effect with the outside world.
In my opinion this is a portrait of modern families narrating the positive and negative stages of two teenagers.

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Format: Paperback
Twins Ruby and Garnet are annoyed to find out that not only do they have to move house, and leave their Gran, but that their dad has a new girlfriend - Rose! Ruby is determined to get rid of Rose and even encourages twin Garnet to join in her vendetta. Also with a determination to become famous Ruby follows a TV advert to be part of a TV serial. Garnet wanting to please her sister does everything she can. Can both girls do what they want with their life but still remain on good terms?

This wasn't that good a book. I know I'm not in the intended age group but even my niece, whom I read it too, didn't think it was that good either. The storyline of the story didn't seem to flow that well and overall it was duller than it was entertaining.

The characters didn't seem to have their own personality and eventually reading the book started to become more of a chore than something of enjoyment.

Ruby just grated on me her whole personality was irritating. Garnet was far too much of a push over and always eager to please - brown-noser comes to mind.

Overall this book was a bit of a disappointment. It just wasn't something I was expecting from a children's book.
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