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Grade 3–6—Twins Ray and Jay Grayson have recently moved to Ohio. For years the boys have longed to be seen as individuals rather than as "part of a pair." Due to a "clerical oversight," their first week of sixth grade gives them the chance. Ray stays home sick the first day, and Jay is on his own. He enjoys meeting his new classmates, but he is a bit baffled that no one, not even his teachers, seems to know that his brother exists. After some investigation, he realizes that the school only has records for one of them. Hilarity—and confusion—ensues as the boys take turns being Jay. This novel is true to form for Clements. Relationships are well developed and realistic, and the author shows a strong understanding of the experience of being a twin. The use of similar names for the protagonists makes following the plot a bit confusing at times, but readers will quickly turn the pages to find out what the boys are up to next and whether they will be caught. The full-page pencil illustrations are a bit misleading—they are not always in sync with the author's description of Ray and Jay as "completely identical." Although this book is not as memorable as Frindle (S & S, 1996) and some of Clements's other novels, it is a treat for those who are into the author's brand of "that could totally happen at my school" fiction.—Jessica Kerlin, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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When the Graysons move to a new town, 12-year-old twins Jay and Ray take advantage of a paperwork glitch at school to see what it would be like not to be regarded as one of a matched pair. They take turns going to school, each answering to the name Jay Grayson. Though physically Ray and Jay are nearly identical, their different personalities, abilities, and interests (not to mention the difficulties of one twin staying home each day and logistics of not appearing together in public) make it difficult to keep up the game for long. Details of life in class, at home, and on the playing field keep the story grounded. Combining his insight into the minds of middle-grade boys with his experience as the father of twins, Clements creates a thoroughly engaging and usually convincing chapter book. There’s built-in appeal for twins, but singletons will like it too. To be illustrated with pencil drawings. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award 2010-2011
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416909850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416909859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 28, 2008
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How this book came to me: I requested an advance reading copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program for the purpose of writing a review. I selected it because I have liked previous books by this author. In fact, Andrew Clements was my older son's favorite author the year he was ten years old, and I though the book would be a good fit for our family.

The story as described on the back cover is the classic tale of switching places with someone and fooling people, but with a twist. Identical twins Jay and Ray, in their first day of sixth grade, find out upon starting at a new school that due to a mix-up the school only knows about one of them. Due to issues with being a twin and watning to see what life is like as a non-twin, they devise a plan to fool everyone. One twin gets to stay home and goof off while the other goes to school. They switch back and forth. Of course the issue is how and when will they be discovered or reveal the truth? And what kind of tangled web does lying weave? I thought the plot was a great idea and figured my boys would love the idea of the switching and the suspense.

The thing that surprised me the most about this story was that the focus of the action in the story was something never revealed on the book's description: it is about the boys getting crushes on girls and vice-versa. Right off the bat one boy is attracted to a girl and tells his brother to tell him to be sure to tell him if he kisses her. The other brother has a love interest in a different girl, so things start to get confusing. The publisher states this on my copy of the book is for children ages 8-12 and frankly I'm a bit surprised that the focus is on physical attraction, crushes and hopes of kissing.
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Just maybe, being a twin is not what the rep says it is. No privacy. No chance to experiment a little. Always that other voice yammering in the background. Always the necessity to seek agreement from the other.

Until Jay Grayson goes alone on their first day to sixth grade at the new school in their new town. His identical twin Ray stays home sick. Since Jay has never done anything alone, he enjoys the solitude, the separateness. Ahhhh. The strange thing is that all day not one teacher calls his brother's name. In the afternoon he has a chance to take a quick peek at the student folders. There's not one for his brother! Then he discovers the mistake. The two folders are stuck one inside the other. No one knows there's a twin. There's only Jay Grayson.

Therein is hatched the plot to pass the twins as one. They take turns going to school. After all, their own mother has to look for the one identifying birthmark to know absolutely which twin is which. No one ever chooses to be friends with just one twin. How does a kid decide, when they look alike? It has always been a threesome. Then there's the name thing. Their parents named them Jay Ray and Ray Jay. Yes, they did. That really enhances their identical identities. Yet, they are very different. Where one excels, the other declines. Even their tastes in girls differ as they find out during their week as one boy.

Andrew Clements has written another winner to join Frindle, The School Story, and A Week in the Woods.
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Three stars for this book (Maybe three and a half?).

All their lives, 12-year-old Jay and Ray Grayson had been in the spotlight, what with being identical twins. So, plenty of being pointed out and being made much of, everywhere they went. It's fun being part of a set, yes, but, sometimes, it does get annoying. Having just moved to Ohio, the Grayson family embarks on a fresh start. And when a clerical snafu fails to register one of the twins to their new elementary school's roster, well, it was really too good of an opportunity to pass up...

LOST AND FOUND is Andrew Clements' latest, and it isn't his best. But let me backtrack a little. I've read quite a bit of Andrew Clements' stuff. Mr. Clements is an ex-teacher who became a wonderful writer of children's books. In 2002, he ventured into Young Adult territory with THINGS NOT SEEN, a truly marvelous novel and a recent favorite of mine. Clements has a way with words. His style isn't at all fancy. Instead he writes with a directness and an unassuming simplicity, and you, whether young OR old, find yourself instantly connected and immersed. Guy's a born storyteller. His tales manage to be both hugely entertaining and thought-provoking. His run of excellent books is tremendous: Frindle, The Landry News, The Report Card, No Talking,
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