Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard - ADVISABLE

Mitchard, Jacquelyn The Midnight Twins, 235 p. Razorbill (Penguin), 2008.

Violence - PG (animal abuse); Language - PG (about 35).


Merry and Mally are identical twins with an extremely strong dose of twin-telepathy. Twins run in their family, but they don't really think much of it. Born on either side of the New Year, they are not only separated by different birthdays in different years, but their personalities seem to keep them separate at school and at home. But the twin-telepathy actually keeps them intertwined and united. As teens, 13, the pair's closeness and ability take a sharp turn on the night of their birthdays, as the home they are babysitting in catches on fire and they barely escape with their charges and their lives intact. Since the fire, however, communication between the two siblings has become fouled up and the dire portents that Mally is receiving are passing Merry by. The twins don't seem to trust each other any more, which is tearing them up inside, but may also put both of their lives and other girls' lives in danger.

At first I thought this was just going to be a girly kind of book and I was pleasantly surprised when it turned into a "being chased by a psycho" book instead. Then I read the acknowledgements and saw that the author is planning at least two more books with the twins - which is not a bad thing.


The only thing I don't get is that the girls' grandmother knew all along that the girls had actual powers, so why didn't she ever sit them down and talk to them about it for real and give them an even better chance? There was still plenty of room for danger. I don't know - that just bugged me. Anyway, this should be an interesting addition for girls who like Cabot's Mediator books or Alane Ferguson's forensics series.

Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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