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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385738676
  • ASIN: B006LWE4P8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10–When her teacher challenges her students to research and fabricate a scientific fake of some kind, Missy calls her cousin and best friend, Claire, for help to do the trick assignment. The plan: bring Claire, who looks startlingly like Missy, to appear on the school's live morning news broadcast as a newly found twin. As it turns out, the Connecticut sophomore perpetrates a hoax that turns out not to be a hoax at all but instead a revelation of the past that her family and two others must try to deal with and accept. Claire's sobs at the moment of revelation on the news show help answer Missy's very real question–yes, the two are identical twins, somehow. That's what everyone who sees the interview at the school and soon on YouTube believes, and with the speed of the Internet, texting, and email forwarding, a third girl on Long Island soon finds herself with a question of her own: How can I look just like these two girls I've never met? Playing on the interest of teens in identity drama, this story will draw willing readers through the suspenseful days that follow. Three sets of parents and three daughters take some time for readers to separate into recognizably different characters, but their experiences delve into the nature of love, family, parenting, and the bond of siblings.Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA
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Sixteen-year-old Missy and her cousin Claire are best friends, with a striking physical resemblance and an even stronger emotional connection. So, when Missy’s science teacher gives the class an assignment to create a believable scientific hoax backed by evidence, Missy arranges for a filmed interview on their school’s morning TV broadcast in which she and Claire pretend they are actually identical twins, separated at birth and newly reunited. The joke’s on them, however, because Missy and Claire really are identical twins. What’s more, when the video hits YouTube, another truth surfaces: there is a third sister, identical triplet Genevieve, raised a mere 20 miles away. Far fetched? Perhaps, but for any girl with a best friend who seems like a sister, this will be a riveting read. Although less tightly constructed than the classic, and similarly identity-based, The Face on the Milk Carton (1990), the entwined stories of the three sisters and their families will attract and hold Cooney’s many loyal fans. Grades 7-10. --Debbie Carton

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From the very first page, I was hooked.
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Cooney has a wonderful talent for creating and developing characters, making them interesting, well rounded and believable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Claire and Missy are not only cousins, but best friends. Despite living in separate towns, they are as close as can be, despite their parents' protests that they need to branch out. When Missy's science class discusses hoaxes, Missy is inspired to put on one of her own: she convinces Claire to come to her school and pretend to be her long-lost twin sister, and surprisingly, thanks to the family resemblance, they pull it off. But when the story hits YouTube, both girls begin to feel guilty...and then they start to question their past. There are secrets their parents are keeping, but the truth may be more surprising, complicated, and hurtful than they expected.

As always, Cooney has churched out yet another thought-provoking, surprising mystery with a good pace and probing questions about identity, nurture vs. nature, and birth. Cooney does an excellent job at defining each girl and her emotions surrounding the realization that they have a past they don't know or remember, and everything they knew about their families might be a lie. The fact that these epiphanies began with and are perpetuated by the idea of a hoax adds just the right amount of irony into the story, and turns up the tension. The suspense will have you eagerly flipping through the pages, and then just when you think you've got it figured out, Cooney throws in a twist. Three Black Swans is a smart, fast-paced, and tense pick for reluctant readers or those in need of a quick escape.
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Format: Hardcover
Missy and her cousin, Claire, have always been the best of friends. Only two months apart in age and living just 20 minutes away from each other, they have grown up together. Thus it would make sense that they would have similar tastes in clothes and hairstyles, spend every available minute calling or texting each other, and hang out every Friday night. But some of the connections they share are eerie --- like finishing each other's sentences, knowing what the other is thinking and looking an awful lot alike --- and Missy is starting to have some questions.

Not quite sure how to approach the subject with her family, especially since Claire refuses to admit anything seems strange, Missy decides to use a school assignment to bring her concerns out into the open. One of her classes is discussing hoaxes, how individuals use scientific evidence to con a group of people into believing something. So Missy centers a planned hoax around her suspicions, arranging an unbelievable revelation during her school's televised morning announcements. She talks a reluctant Claire into helping her, and they show up at her school the next morning dressed alike and ready to drop the bomb --- that Missy and Claire have discovered they are identical twins separated at birth.

The story spreads like the plague, and someone even puts it on YouTube. Everyone believes them; even Claire confronts her own doubts and admits she suspects a hidden truth. And then their parents see the video and must finally reveal their deeply buried family secret. But the revelations don't end there. Someone else sees the video, a lonely person by the name of Genevieve, whose world is also about to explode and be turned upside down.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2011
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I enjoyed the book "The Three Swans" quite a bit. It was a fun short read. Although it was short, the characters were still relatively well developed, and there were a few twists and turns that made it not so predictable. I enjoyed the family relationships that were shown through out the story. We need more family centered books. Overall I would recommend it to all of my 13 - 18 year old friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sierra on July 26, 2012
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I love this book. It has suspense, twists, turns and a wonderful story. I recommend this to everyone. It has a great message and it is written very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meg G. on December 5, 2012
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I thought the book was good but not great. It was a little confusing in the beginning but it got better.I gave the book 3 stars because while it was fairly good it could've been a lot better. Also it was not one of those books where I couldn't put it down. In fact I really didn't want to read it too often.
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By brownie on March 5, 2014
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I couldn't put this down! I loved it, would suggest for all preteen and teen readers. Nothing bad at all.
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By Meg Woodard on January 6, 2014
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Very good, quick read. Kept me entertained. Interesting plot twists. I would recommend it for a teen who likes mystery, or an adult who enjoys mysteries/thrillers, but doesn't want the heavy subject matter of many adult mystery/thriller books.
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