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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Midnight Twins
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595141606
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–9—A riveting peek into the lives of twins who have an unusual ability. Born on different sides of midnight on New Year's Eve, Merry and Mally Brynn have always shared a secret language and telepathy. Though they have dissimilar personalities, they tend to think, feel, and do things in sync. However, after a bizarre fire on their 13th birthday almost kills the girls, the thread between them ravels. Suddenly, they begin to have visions about other people. Mally can see events before they occur, and Merry can see them after they have concluded. Putting the pieces together gives the girls a startling picture of some disturbing incidents occurring nearby: Mally has visions of a friend's older brother hurting animals and violently attacking young women. Though it's hard for the sisters to believe it's true, they are determined to stop him, no matter the personal cost. Mitchard does an excellent job of portraying the girls' close bond and unique personas. The importance of the twin legacy in the Brynn family and the vital role the girls' relatives play in their well-being are also wonderfully evoked. The clearly depicted setting—a tight-knit small-town community—makes an excellent environment for the tale's action and suspense. This involving mystery will have wide appeal and makes a solid first entry in a planned trilogy.—Emily Garrett Cassady, North Garland High School, Garland, TX
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From Booklist

Meredith and Mallory are identical twins with different birthdays. They even have different birth years, since they were each born on opposite sides of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Coming from a family with a lineage of telepathic twins, these two have an extraordinary bond that includes having identical dreams. Just before the girls’ 13th birthdays, Mallory dreams about dying in a house fire—a vision her sister doesn’t share. The girls do survive a mysterious blaze, though, and Mallory continues to envision future traumatic events, while Meredith places Mallory’s dreams in time. A few elements of the story are more reminiscent of a teen horror flick than a carefully developed psychological drama, particularly a subplot about a friend’s brother, who turns out to kill animals and attack girls. Although the characters often act and speak as plot devices rather than as real people, foreshadowing keeps the pages turning, and a closing speech from the girls’ grandma indicates that their extraordinary talents will be showcased in future volumes. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Dobrez

More About the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard was born in Chicago. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published in 1996, becoming the first selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and a number one New York Times bestseller. Eight other novels, four children's books and six young adult novels followed, including The Midnight Twins, Still Summer, All We Know of Heaven, and The Breakdown Lane. A former daily newspaper reporter, Mitchard now is a contributing editor for Parade Magazine, and frequently writes for such publications as More magazine and Real Simple. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized. An adjunct professor in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Fairfield University, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their nine children

Customer Reviews

It was just so forced and boring that I didn't really like it that much.
Hope LaGrois (from Hope's Bookshelf)
The characters and events in the story are treated realistically but some belief in unexplained phenomena will help readers fully engage with the story.
P. McCahon
Though the beginning gets off on a little bit of a slow start, the book quickly speeds up, and poses many questions that will get readers thinking.
The Compulsive Reader

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Meredith and Mallory are identical twins born on either side of midnight, one at 11:59pm and the other at 12:01am.

It's now thirteen years later and the girls are best friends, but they have completely different interests. Also, like many identical twins, they can often read each others minds and feel what the other is feeling. But their twin senses are a lot stronger than most twins. They also have the exact same dreams.

Up until one New Year's Eve when a fire breaks out at the house where they are babysitting their cousins, and the twins almost die. Someone purposely started the fire, and the twins have a pretty good idea of who that someone is.

After the fire, Mallory starts seeing strange images and scenes in her head involving David, the guy that they believe started the fire. These scenes are so strange, but Mallory believes that they are actually going to happen. But Meredith isn't seeing the same things or even having the same dreams anymore. Instead, she is seeing scenes involving David that are less creepy.

Over the next few months, what Mallory keeps seeing starts getting more disturbing, like what seems to be David almost raping a girl. She even starts having blackouts after seeing the frightening images. She tells Meredith that they need to confront David, but her sister isn't too sure about the idea. Will confronting David help the disturbing scenes to finally stop, or will they continue on forever?

This was a good book that I really enjoyed. Mallory and Meredith were great characters and it was fun to read a story about identical twins. The storyline was really great and the ending was a bit surprising to me. Parts in the middle were a bit confusing, but it could have just been me.
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Format: Hardcover
Meredith and Mallory Brynn are identical twins, exact mirror images of each other. Only their personalities allow others to tell them apart: Meredith is outgoing, bubbly and a cheerleader, while Mallory is more of a loner, serious and a soccer player. Being twins is something unique in itself, but a few added phenomena set the Brynn girls apart from other twins. For one, they don't even share the same birthday. That's because one was born just before midnight on New Year's Eve and the other just after midnight on New Year's Day. Another unique characteristic is that they share the same dreams --- that is, until recently.

Just before their 13th birthday, Merry and Mally's dreams begin to change. Mally dreams of a horrid house fire that threatens her family and traps her in the deadly flames. When Mally tells Merry about it, both are surprised that Merry hadn't dreamt the same thing, or at lease felt what Mally had felt. They try to brush it off as just an unusual nightmare, and instead try to concentrate on their upcoming birthday party. Then a few days later, the house fire nightmare comes true, with Merry and Mally barely escaping in time. And from that moment on, their lives change forever.

This premonition isn't just a fluke or a one-time thing. Mally continues dreaming of the future, and Merry starts dreaming of the past. Though it sounds intriguing, their gifts begin to desperately affect their lives, especially when they reveal the horrid and torturous acts performed by someone they know. The twins fight their gift and try to ignore what they dream, but in the end, they cannot make it go away. However, if they choose to interfere and attempt to save the victims in their dreams, they will be endangering their own lives. Is there anyone they can turn to for help?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Ann OMalley on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The genius of Jacquelyn Mitchard lies not just in the stories that she creates, but in the incredible character development in each and every one of her stories. By the time the book ends, you feel as though you know the characters personally but you are satisfied that you have not missed the big things that await them later in "life."

In The Midnight Twins, Merry and Mally are best friends, identical twins who face an unimaginable challenge - in the form of a house fire. After they escape, one can see into the past, the other into the future. I believe that the human mind has the ability to perceive things we are not consciously aware of, and this book exploits that idea in the best possible way. As is usual for this author's stories, the writing is unique, and it keeps you hanging on to find out what comes next. Nothing is too great a surprise to be believed, but there are many plot twists that make you wonder why you did not see that coming!

I enthusiastically recommend this book for girls of all ages who are sisters, have sisters, know sisters, or would love to be sisters!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hope LaGrois (from Hope's Bookshelf) on January 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to say this right up front: This book isn't worth your time.

I didn't like it at all. The first thing - and this is the most important, in my opinion - is that the writing was forced. The whole book seemed way to forced. Because it was so forced, it was harder to read.

The second thing that really ruins this book is that the author takes up the whole first chapter trying to explain to you how much the two twins, Mallory and Meredith, are so different, when they don't seem to different after all. After that first chapter, I kept getting confused as to which twin Mitchard was talking about because they were so alike.

Another thing that annoyed me is that the characters didn't change a whole lot. Merry and Mally, maybe a tad bit, but everyone else was just . . the same at the end of the book. They had the same personality, the same outlook on life, the same everything, really.

It took me a while to read this book because I never got fully interested in the story. It was just so forced and boring that I didn't really like it that much.

The only thing that this book has going for it is the original idea. I've never heard about a story like this before, and that, I do believe, is why I really kept reading this book.
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