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DOUBLE TROUBLE BOOK 1: WHAT A PAIR! Paperback – June 1, 2012

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Twins Mattie and Mark Miller are as different as night and day—it seems there isn’t anything that these energetic nine-year-olds can agree on. When their disagreements start to cause big trouble in their Holmes County, Ohio, Amish community, will Mattie and Mark call a truce before it’s too late?

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Double Trouble—It’s Just the Beginning! . . .
Twins Mattie and Mark Miller are as different as night and day. Mattie is ticklish; Mark isn’t. Mattie loves dogs; Mark loves cats. Mattie is serious; Mark is a practical joker. (And that isn’t even the half of it!) It seems there isn’t anything these energetic nine-year-olds can agree on.

When their disagreements begin to cause big trouble in their Holmes County, Ohio, Amish community, will Mattie and Mark call a truce before it’s too late?

Award-winning, bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter and her husband live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit friends in Amish settlements throughout the States. For more about her books for kids, see www.amishfictionforkids.com.

 

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: Double Trouble (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616266619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616266615
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a Pair begins with a brief background to the Amish community. This is valuable information, since it introduces readers to the lifestyle of the book’s main characters, Mark and Mattie.

Mark and Mattie are nine-year-old twins, who reside in an Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio and bicker just like any other brother and sister. They manage to get themselves into any number of sticky situations, but realize that teamwork is the key to it all.

This is a delightful chapter book for youngsters. It’s wonderful when books can expose children to different cultures and lifestyles and the Double Trouble series certainly does that. Children find that they’re not so different from most other kids their age. There is also positive parental role modeling going on here as well. I’d have to say that What a Pair is an all-around positive book for children.

There are fourteen brief chapters, with each chapter centered on a particular adventure or activity. This is sure to keep youngsters entertained and amused. What’s great about this book is that it should appeal to both boys and girls. The stories aren't overly simplistic, nor are they difficult, so this book is definitely appropriate for its intended audience. Highly recommended!
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This is the first in a series focused on the Amish way of life and nine year old twins, Mattie and Mark. Targeted for middle grade readers ages eight through twelve, the book is a fun and educational introduction to a way of life misunderstood by most observers.

Brunstetter begins by explaining that the Amish are group of people who live a plain life without using many modern things; a simple plausible way to explain to children why they are different but not strange. The author goes on to give examples as to how they live and work both in the past and present.

She provides a glossary of the Amish language words which are used liberally throughout the story. Readers will love these feisty twins with diametrically opposed personalities. What they do have in common is a love of life, family, and kind hearts. For example, Mattie is a dreamer, Mark a scholar, Mattie is cautious, Mark an adventurer, Mattie loves dogs, and Mark loves cats. Mattie is a great baseball player, while Mark cringes when he sees a bat and ball. As the reader follows one humorous adventure after another, what comes through is deep commitment to family, society and community, and a story about two children experiencing the same problems any tween faces. The book will appeal to both genders.

On their birthday, the twins receive an unexpected gift from their grandparents. This gift will require them to learn how to work together. When an unexpected emergency arises, the twins learn the real value of teamwork. The plot has lots of twists and turns and many different scenarios to appeal to a wide variety of reader interests. Text is interesting and challenging, yet not too overwhelming. Lots of humor, adventure, family fun, good values and the benefit of learning about a culture few have experienced first hand. Highly recommended for tweens and young adult readers or anyone interested in understanding Amish society.
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As a mother of twins, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Our identical girls are eight-year-olds, and are in to everything! You name it, they've probably tried it! Thankfully, their voices sound different, which helps in differentiating between the two of them!

I have always been a fan of Brunstetter's, although this is my first time reading and reviewing one of her children's books. I have to say...I was not disappointed!

Between the antics of Mark and Matttie, and the dutch words sprinkled throughout the story, kids are bound to be entertained and educated by reading this! I loved the dictionary page at the front of the book, allowing kids to see the meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch words they would be reading. But I really liked how Brunstetter worked the translations into the sentences while reading the story, allowing children (or parents) to understand the meanings, without having to flip to the front of the book to see what a word means.

I also loved the introduction in to the Amish way of life. As a fan of the Christian Fiction/Amish genre, I loved how children are able to learn of the Amish faith and their everyday activities. Even though we live in an Amish populated community, reading of the twins antics and how their community reacts to them is educating, in a subtle way. It's a great starting point for children to learn about others and how they may differ from them!
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I have read many of Wanda E. Brunstetter's adult books, so I was excited to find this for my children who have an interest in the Amish. We lived among the Amish for many years, and now live on a farm. They really enjoyed this book about Amish boy-girl twins. I have one boy and one girl, so that worked out well. As with many Amish fiction books, there are Pennsylvania Dutch words scattered throughout which my children really enjoy. The dictionary page with some common phrases was also interesting. Very cute book with a story line that my farm kids could relate to. Looking forward to reading more books in the series.
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