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Never Mind!: A Twin Novel (Twin Novels) Hardcover – May 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Twin Novels
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060543140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060543143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,140,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-Seventh-grade twins Edward and Meg are the first to proclaim that they are as different as night and day; Edward is a puny free spirit who attends an "alternative" middle school, while Meg is a control freak with low self-esteem. The twins take turns telling the story of how Meg's desire to fit in with the popular girls in her elite school and Edward's inability to resist taking his sister down a peg result in a fabrication of monstrous proportions. Soon everyone at Meg's school thinks she has a tall, gorgeous, rock star brother named Ted, a fiction that Edward (unbeknownst to Meg) encourages by impersonating Ted on the phone. The voices of the twins are eerily realistic and convincing, from Edward's choppy, casual comments on life to Meg's anguished ruminations. The readiness of most characters to believe whatever people tell them, leading to ludicrous misunderstandings, requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but the way events rapidly spin out of control makes this an enticing read for boys and girls alike. The climax, during which Edward's makeshift band does NOT suddenly become the next Nirvana, is hysterically funny and over-the-top, yet completely realistic. The twins' dawning tolerance and appreciation of one another at the end is a little pat considering their earlier violent antipathy, but also quite a relief. Light, fun, and sure to be popular.
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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*Starred Review* Gr. 5-7. Meg and Edward are twins, but they couldn't be more different and they don't get along. She is tall, smart, and pretty, and she has just been invited to joint the High Achievers' Club at her special middle school. He is the world's biggest loser, an immature, runty underachiever. She is terrified her fancy friends will find out about him. Two of today's best writers tell the story in the twins' alternating narratives, and they have a huge amount of fun with a plot that cuts down the high-achiever snobs and reveals how smart people can fall for their own vain fantasies. Edward shows that his clever sister is "not too swift," and his narrative is hilarious--wry, touching, and very smart. The dialogue is great, especially the conversations that reveal how hard it is to listen and to say what you mean. The twins' caring parents talk to Meg about the need to communicate, but they don't listen when she tries to tell them she lied. Don't look too closely at the plot; it's too farcical to be really credible. But the wit and slapstick carry the story, which has moments of sadness that raise serious issues everyone will recognize. Best of all is the message: laugh at yourself. Readers will. Hazel Rochman
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This book really appeals to tweens.
Y. Thibodeaux
Written in the alternating voices of the twins, it must have similarly been a delight for these two authors to work and scheme together like this.
Richie Partington
One of the things she makes up about him is that he is the lead singer in a band.
Christopher Paoloni

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the story Never Mind, there are two twins, a boy, Edward, and a girl, Meg, who are so different from each other that they go to different junior high schools. Meg's school is for much smarter and gifted kids. Meg wants to join the High Achievers Club, but Edward wants to stop her because he is convinced it is a snobby club, and he doesn't want his sister to become popular. While Meg is talking on the phone with a popular girl, she lies that her twin brother is extremely smart, smarter than her, and goes to an advanced music school and is in a band called "Never Mind". Meg is invited to her party and she wants her brother's band to play at the party. Edward eavesdrops on the whole conversation and thinks that playing at the party is a great idea, because he would purposely do terrible and embarrass Meg, and she would never get into the High Achievers Club. But Edward realizes how much everyone is dying to see his band play, so his decision in the end is to play his best, no matter how terrible he ends up being.

The book was very exciting to read because everyone thought different things. For example, Meg calls Edward "Ted" because it's a cooler band name, and her parents don't know. When she talks about Ted and her mom hears, she thinks Meg has a boyfriend. Edward thinks that Meg really does have a boyfriend who is trying to hurt her, and is convinced to find him, and Meg's friends have no idea that the band Never Mind doesn't exist. I felt like I was in the book because it was so descriptive and the characters in the story are just like people I know. The main conflict interested me because it was funny, interesting, exciting, and suspenseful all at the same time throughout the whole story, and the authors never made a boring part.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richie Partington VINE VOICE on September 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Mom, I guess, sent in a picture for my new school ID. When my homeroom teacher handed the cards out, I thought I'd gotten somebody else's. Some smiley girl with such a large forehead it's practically a five-head. I recognized the shirt; that was my only tip-off--well, that and my name underneath. Mom says to just be myself, but if I can't even recognize myself in a photograph from last summer, how am I supposed to have any clue who I am?"

The fact that the statuesque, rather popular (and quite tidy) Meg Runyon is to be found amid the cream of the seventh grade academic elite at Fisher High School, while the small-for-his-age, single-friended (and rather messy) Edward Runyon skateboards and daydreams his way through Charlton Street Alternative School belies the fact that the pair (albeit an unmatched pair) are twins. Buoyed by the new school year's arrangements which allow them to stay well clear of each other, it is a single telephone call that plunges the pair into five uproariously funny days of wild schemes, imaginary bands and boyfriends, thoroughly baffled parents, a high profile music executive, a janitor turned agent, and a sea of dip at an upscale Manhattan party.

But first, that phone call:

Edward:

"I was heading back to my room when the phone rang. The trick was I had to race for it. Not that it was for me. Hardly ever is. Probably be for Meg. Which was the whole reason for getting to it first.

" 'Harry's Pizzeria,' I said into the kitchen phone. 'How can I help you?'

" 'Harry's Pizzeria?' came a voice. A girl's voice. I could hardly hear it. She spoke like a two-inch elf with serious laryngitis.

" 'Sure is,' I said. 'We deliver in five hours. Plus two minutes more for each additional topping. Sausage. Pepperoni.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Schoonover on May 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Edward and Meg are were only born 10 minutes apart, but can't be more different. Edward is an average student who has one best friend Stuart, who he is always with. Meg is an extremely studious and has more friends than Edward said he could ever want. Edward and Meg attend the same school and are always trying to get back at each other in any possible. However, Mom and Dad split them up, Edward is sent to alternate middle school, and Meg takes a test to go to a private middle school and makes it. At Meg's new middle school she decides that she must fit in with the popular kids and get into a group called the High Achiever's Club, but Meg figures the only way to get into the club is to tell a lie that she has a twin brother named Ted who is an excellent musician, and is in a very successful rock band. When Meg and her brother's band are invited to go to the High Achiever's Club party Meg thinks disaster has hit, but for once Edward will help her instead of destroying her like he planned to, which ends up bringing them closer together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was hilarious. The book was described so thoroughly, that it made you feel like you were actually in the story. When you start reading this book, you never want to stop. You are always waiting for a parth that is not exciting to stop at, but in this book, there is no such place. The author did a great job explaining both sides of the story, that at the end it all fits together. This is one of the few books that I think all kids and parents can relate to. I would recommend this book to all ages, but especially 9 years old and up. I promise you that if you read this book, it will be one of the best books you will ever read in your life. There are two twins named Meg and Edward, and lets just say that they fight a lot and listen to each others phone calls. In the end, they know that real friends that you've always had and to respect your family, even if they are your annoying twin brother.
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