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1. Stranger with My Face (Laurel
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1. Stranger with My Face (Laurel Leaf Books)
by LOIS DUNCAN
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Asin: 0440983568
Catlog: Book (1990-08-01)
Publisher: Laure Leaf
Sales Rank: 12221
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Whoa, best of all her books (in my opinion)
Since you already read what it was about (i think) i'll just tell you what I thought about Lois Duncan's book, Stranger With My Face. Laurie was a pretty typical girl in the start, but along the traumatizing events which eventually lead back the a very mysterious person named Lia, who is her twin (evil) sister, Laurie starts to change. She has more depth as a person and popularity was not the only thing that mattered to her. Probably my favorite thing about this story was the romance, it was pretty unexpected who Laurie would fall in love with, but then again, once you think about it it really isn't. The plot was totally interesting and kept you on the edge of your seat. I've read all of Duncan's books (almost) and I still think this one is by FAR the best...What are you wasting time reading this review for? Get reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful fantasy thriller
How can she be in two places at one time?

Laurie was at home, but her boyfriend swears he saw her on the beach with another guy. Her family insists they see her coming and going when she's been out of the house for hours. Who--or what--is taking over Laurie's life?

A short blurb on the front cover proclaims: "Someone is watching Laurie, waiting to steal her life." How could any young reader resist such a line? When I picked up this book I couldn't.

Stranger with My Face, told in first person, starts off more as though it's going to be a thriller than a fantasy. But as the fantasy element strengthens it becomes steadily scarier, building into a terrifying climax that makes for an exciting, unputdownable read.

This book is definitely intended for young adults (after all, the protagonist is 17 years old) but I suspect most readers will be a lot younger. Few 12-year-olds can resist a really scary story. I certainly couldn't. I remember reading Jane Eyre (one of the few good books to come my way, purely by accident) and it was the mad woman in the attic rather than the hopeless love between Jane and her employer that kept me turning the pages. :-)

Many of the reviews here, I feel, give away too much of the plot. But I particularly like Heidi Lott's review and envy the fact that she obviously had someone around when she was young to point her in the direction of the best books for young readers. Like Heidi, I would also recommend Stranger with My Face to any adult who loves a good story well told.

4-0 out of 5 stars After all these years...
I read this book when I was a pre-teen and it's haunted me ever since. I'm 33 years old and couldn't remember the name or author, only the feeling the book gave me as an adopted child with a wild imagination. Something in my head clicked today and I searched for the book on Amazon and lo-and-behold, here it was! This is a fantastic read you'll never forget, I recommend it to any young reader, or even an older one like me, as I'm definitely ordering it to re-read and share with other young people.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow
this book will leave you thinking till the last page. Its one of those drama/angst stories with a touch of sci fi that is amazing. I dont recomend reading it at dark cuz you may get freaked out! j/k. Its a great suspenseful read as the main character discovers something shocking. i dont want to tell you and spoil it for you so i'll tell you to read it and find out for yourself. i promise you wont be dissappointed unless you don't like reading good stuff. ^_~

4-0 out of 5 stars sOoOo cOoOol
I give this book 4 stars because it really put me on the edge of my seat because i really thought it was only Laurie's imagination, but when i found out it was her twin sister i was really shocked! =] ... Read more


2. Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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"Trouble twins" Dallas and Florida are orphans who have given up believing there is such a thing as a loving home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple who live in the beautiful, mysterious Ruby Holler, but they're restless for one more big adventure. When they invite the twins to join them on their journeys, they first must all stay together in the Holler, and the magic of the place takes over. Two pairs of lives grow closer, and are changed forever.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ruby Holler
Ruby Holler is a very adventurous book by Sharon Creech and is about two orphins, Dallas and Florida, brother and sister and their lives at Ruby Holler. I heard about this book from freinds, but what really made me read it is how much Dallas and Florida care for each other like at the Boxton Creek home for Orphins were Dallas was really sick with a fever, Floria was there day and night. So if you're a young reader and like sad, yet funny, books I recommend Ruby Holler for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ruby Holler
Ruby Holler is an excellent book. I liked it because there is suspense and funny points. It was fun to read about how troublesome the twins, Dallas and Florida, are and how different foster families managed them. I have read other novels by Sharon Creech and I personally think that this is one of her best books ever. I recommend this book to people who like adventure and a bit of mystery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I was very impressed by this book!I could barely put it down! This book tells the story of Florida and Dallas, twins who have lived in an orphan home all their lives and are a little interesting. Okay, a LOT interesting. Then they get fostered by an elderly couple. This is the story of how the elderly couple and Florida and Dallas deal with the new two people. VERY good read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ruby Holler
Ruby Holler is a great book and I think it's one of the best books I read so far.Ruby Holler is about two twins a girl named Florida and a boy named Dallas.These two are trying to get on a night train and it's really interesting how Dallas and Florida try to accomplish this adventure.If you want to find out if Dallas and Florida accomplish their adventure and get on the night train you will have to read the book.So stop whatever your doing now and go to the library because Ruby Holler is waiting for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ruby Holler
Ruby holler is about two twins how were left on the door step
of a adopion place and when they were adopted by this old coupil
they think it is going to be like all the homes they gone to before but its not becuse the people love them. ... Read more


3. The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 4)
by Holly Black
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Asin: 0689859392
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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After a brief breather in book three (Lucinda's Secret), the Spiderwick Chronicles heat up with doppelgangers, then dwarves, then a dastardly double-cross, as this five-part series approaches its dramatic end.

The Grace kids (9-year-old twins Simon and Jared, and 13-year-old Mallory) might think that things have finally quieted down for them, but the nefarious faerie world has many more surprises in store. In the second chapter, titled, "IN WHICH the Grace twins are triplets," a mysterious and menacing shape-shifter shows up at Mallory's fencing match--and before Simon and Jared can suss out what's up, their sister disappears, presumably kidnapped. Eager to recover Mallory, the two descend into a strange subterranean world beneath a nearby quarry, only to find themselves prisoners and then privy to a wicked (and almost unbelievable) plan. The twins do end up tracking down Mallory, but only in very peculiar circumstances--not the least of which that she's wearing a dress.

Author Holly Black once again skillfully manages to weave in plenty of creepy details (including a bloody final chapter) without whitewashing or leaving young readers feeling too creeped out--and she gets able assistance from Tony DeTerlizzi's ever-evocative pen-and-ink drawings (especially in the looming menace of the Mulgarath). Fans of the serieswill have a hard time waiting for the final installment, titled fittingly, ominously, The Wrath of Mulgarath. (Ages 6 to 10)--Paul Hughes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars going strong and holding the suspense...
Well, I bought it the second day it was released and had it finished, in a few hours. That's the great thing if you have a few hours you've finished the book, that's also the sad thing... now I have to wait for book 5 til Sept.

This series is fun and charming and exciting, regaurdless your age. I teach school and don't always make time for myself. These books are perfect fits into a hectic day and the small amounts of time I save for myself. Since that time is cherished I like making the most of it and Spiderwick books fit into my precious time ... so they have to be good for me, to recommend them.

Grandma's do you want a fun read that is as exciting as Harry Potter, that will impress your grandkids and help them remember your activities, something you can do in a few short hours together. This is it!

Excited Teacher in Nevada

5-0 out of 5 stars The Spiderwick Chronicles
this series of books is amazing i am 13 year olds and i love it once you read the first page you go to another world of fantasy and go crazy with all the things in the book I really,really recomend it. yesterdsay i read the first page and I got involved in to page 50 and if it wasn't for my mom I would have already finished it.

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4-0 out of 5 stars "The Stones Tell Me...The Stones Know All..."
"The Ironwood Tree" is the fourth of the five books in the "Spiderwick Chronicles", concerning the Grace children (the eldest Mallory and the twins Simon and Jared) and their involvement in the faerie world. In previous books they have gained some general knowledge on how to deal with these faeries (which is based on real fairy folklore) thanks to the "Field Guide to Faeries", written by their great uncle Arthur.

The "Ironwood Tree" delivers on the previous book's promise of dwarfs, with a journey underground and the first appearance of Mulgarath the ogre, mentioned in "Lucinda's Secret". When the twins accompany their mother to Mallory's fencing meet, Jared notices a young girl rummaging through his sister's bag. Going to investigate, Jared confronts a shape-shifting faerie that immediately turns into a terrified little boy when Jared threatens him with a knife - just in time for the principal to catch him.

Despite being faced with suspension, the twins discover that Mallory has been kidnapped by the dwarfs, and must venture into the abandoned quarry in order to rescue her. From there comes encounters with the dwarf king, the hoardes of dwarfin treasure, an enchanted Mallory, a knocker, and finally the terrible Mulgarath, leaving this particular reader longing for book five.

After a brief lull in the action in "Lucinda's Secret" (which was still a good read) Holly Black picks up the action once more, with more faery encounters, captures and escapes, and a rather bloody final chapter. The detail of the dwarf kingdom is wonderful, with a myraid of mechanics and treasures that the dwarfs have created (including the famed Ironwood Tree), and Black effortlessly sprinkles in touches of fascinating faery lore. Some things I didn't quite agree with: the dwarfs prove themselves to be quite stupid, considering - 1. They didn't check to see if they had the real Field Guide, 2. They let the twins escape so easily from their cage, and 3. they actually gave weapons to Mulgarath (and their reasons for allying themselves with him are never explained). I've always quite liked dwarfs in the fantasy genre, but these ones are just too idiotic to be likeable.

Also, I was a little disappointed in the children's mother: I would like to think that if my child was accused of threatening a younger child and he pleaded innocent, I would give him the benefit of the doubt and stick up for him. Mrs Grace however is all to ready to believe that her son would do such a thing - shame on her!

However, Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrations just keep getting better and better. The shapeshifter in particular is downright creepy - and Mulgarath is just fantastic. He is obviously evil, but the skill of DiTerlizzi's pen makes you appreciate the work that went into creating him: he is huge, magnificent and regal - and therefore looks quite appealing. The dwarfs are fairly unoriginal in their appearence (short, squat, long beards, etc), but their treasure trove and the frog/bug-like knocker is wonderful.

Even though there sadly are some characters missing (Thimbletack, Hogsqueal, Byron the griffin), there is a hint as to a mystery character that the goblins have captive, and what the children will have to do in order to win the day. I can't wait for book five: "The Wrath of Mulgarath."

5-0 out of 5 stars In Which a Most Horrible Betrayal Occurs
In the most exciting installment yet, the children are taken underground to the Dwarf kingdom. One thing that resonated with me while reading the book was that Dwarves are often mentioned as skilled craftsmen, but there is rarely anything to show just exactly how skilled they are (there are notable exceptions: see Tolkien). I was fascinated with the description of the lock on the cage that Simon and Jared were held in, that to create it the Dwarf had to use a hammer the size of a pin. The author's description of that particular scene, with the lock unlocking, was visceral and real.

Aided by the marvelous illustrations, this is also the scariest book yet. Mulgarath is truly a frightful looking creature, and the ending reveals a most terrible betrayal, which spells certain disaster for the children - and the world - unless the children can think back to "what has gone before". The author knocks us over the head, just in case we missed it, with some considerable foreshadowing by leaving a portrait blacked out - a mysterious hero who may come and save the day in the next book.

It's a shame Mulgarath wasn't introduced earlier. He seems like a highly workable character, but I believe that we will see MUCH of him in the final book, aptly titled "The Wrath of Mulgarath".

Frankly, I can't wait. I wish I hadn't started reading these books until all of them were published!

5-0 out of 5 stars If only....
I'm 14 years old, and I'm addicted to the Spiderwick Chronicles. We bought the first two for my little cousins, and I paged through them while wrapping them. I had to go out and buy my copy! Although they say these books are for the younger ages, I still think that older audiences would enjoy reading this series. They're filled with adventure, wonderful descriptions, and original characters. I highly recommend them for anyone who likes a good light fantasy read. ... Read more


4. The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp)
by P. B. Kerr, Philip Kerr
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Orchard
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You can tell from the very first page that P. B. Kerr had great fun writing his novel, The Akhenaten Adventure. The way the author introduces his cleverly named characters, the atmospheric setting, the fun tone of his narration--all indicate that a hugely entertaining story is in store. The first installment of his Children of the Lamp sequence is set firmly in the present day, but it soon breaks away and encompasses several wonderfully colorful parts of the globe, England and Egypt included.

John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve-year-old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweilers named Alan and Neil. The twins realize there's something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted--they dream the same dreams, become stronger, their zits clear up, and wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And, when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion.

John and Phillippa discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers. They must call on these powers a lot sooner than they anticipated, though, because the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.

P.B. Kerr, under his given namePhilip Kerr, is the author of several bestselling thrillers for adult readers. His debut novel for children is a slick, zeitgeisty fantasy adventure that is sure to win him a new raft of fans. The Blue Djinn of Babylon is next up for those who get hooked. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay ... Read more


5. Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson
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Asin: 0064403688
Catlog: Book (1990-03-31)
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Esau have I hated . . .

Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.

For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for children who feel misunderstood
Jacob Have I Loved is an excellent children's story that is loosley based on the biblical account of Jacob and Esau. It is about the turbulent relationship between a pair of twin sisters. Louise, who is the narrator and the character of Esau, is unable to recognize her own talents because she is constantly comparing herself to her beautiful and gifted sister Caroline. Katherine Paterson's book is well written and very understandable. One of its main strengths is that it is written from Louise's perspective. Because Louise is the narrator, the reader is better able to understand why she is so jealous of Caroline. Another strength is that Paterson explores other relationships in Louise's life besides just the one between her and Caroline. The story focuses on how the sisters' parents, grandmother, friends, and neighbors react to Caroline and her sister. These other relationships affect the way Louise views herself and her sister as much as what Caroline says and does.

Every child should read Jacob Have I Loved, especially those who resent their siblings because they think their sisters or brothers are smarter, more attractive or more talented then they are. The story will allow children in that situation to empathize with Louise and better understand that they have talents that they may have not yet recognized. Paterson's book was intended for children, but it would be a good book for parents and teachers to read also. It will help adults to understand children who may have not yet reached their full potential and are jealous of those who have.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Isolating Story About Sibling Rivalry/Jealousy
"Jacob Have I Loved" takes place in the 1940s on a tiny island in the Chesapeake Bay called Rass Island. Sara Louise "Wheeze" Bradshaw is the young teen who narrates the story. She's forever feeling inferior next to her beautiful, talented twin sister, Caroline. And she's conflicted by her "sinful" feelings for the 70+ year-old stranger, Hiram "the Captain" Wallace, who's returned to his hometown half a century later. Without anyone to confide in (even her one and only friend, McCall "Call" Purnell, doesn't understand her), Louise feels as isolated as the island she lives on. Her fate seems to be filled with misery and loneliness compared to her sister's, especially after her religious grandmother spitefully recites a passage from the Bible: "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated". (Jacob and Esau were twins like Louise and Caroline--and like Esau, Louise was the least favorite twin.)

I had a hard time starting this book. The beginning was a little rough, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I read half the book in one sitting, until I reached the part where Louise, Cal, and the Captain were preparing to drown more than a dozen cats--which were pets, by the way, not just strays. I was totally turned off by this, but when I read further, the cats were spared and adopted by various families on the island. (Ironically, a storm later wiped a lot of them out.)

The book won the Newbery Medal in 1981 and was later made into a TV movie in 1989. I never saw the movie, but I would definitely recommend this book to 13+ year-old girls who can relate to Louise and/or love the East Coast, particularly the Chesapeake Bay area.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Depressing
I read this book and was greatly disappointed throughout. It was depressing and extremely annoying. This book is inappropriate for young teenagers, especially when the main character, Sara Louise, lusts for a 70 year old man. Disgusting.

The ending did not make up for the long, long, drawn-out torture of enduring the main character's pain and hatred. The supposed happy ending made no sense considering what a messed-up teenager she was. The last 2 chapters tried to tie things up nicely to make the reader feel relieved that the main character grew up and made a good life for herself. However, those chapters have little relationship to the rest of the book. How did she magically get over her hatred of her sister and herself? Just by yelling at her mother, she is suddenly cured?

I do not recommend this book. I'm still wondering why it received a Newbery Medal.

4-0 out of 5 stars Redemption
The book covers probably about a decade of time and is from the POV of an older twin sister. The thick teenage angst of this book detracts from the more interesting stories of Captain Hiram, Auntie Braxton, the dementia of the protagonist's grandmother, Call and Caroline. Until I read the last two chapters, I was going to rate this book lower but these chapters, the last one especially, give the protagonist a chance to mature and redeem herself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Novel
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson is a novel of greatness. I have read many books, but this one stands out. Something about it just draws you in.
I found this book in my school library last year. I checked it out, but did not read it. A year later, I bought the book. I am glad I did.

Mrs. Paterson writes so eloquently a novel of a story older than the hills; the biblical struggle of twin brothers Jacob and Esau. Esau was the elder one, like Louise. Caroline is exactly like Jacob, stealing poor Lousie's glory.
The novel is set in the isolated Rass Island. I tried to look it up on a map of Maryland, but I couldn't find it at all. That solitary setting really keeps the plot together. After all, it wouldn't be as good if it was in a huge city.

All throughout the novel is the cornering of Louise's problems. Caroline is smarter than her, Caroline is prettier than her, Caroline is more talented than Louise would ever be. Hearing all of this makes Louise not only jealous, but a bit separated and annoyed. Louise must find a way to break free.

All in all, I find this a very enjoyable novel. I hope others will read this as well. ... Read more


6. Hide and Seek (Spy X)
by Peter Lerangis
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
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7. Never Mind! : A Twin Novel
by Rachel Vail, Avi
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Asin: 0060543159
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Edward and Meg are like night and day, oil and water. Meg zigs while Edward zags. How could two such different people be twins? Well, they are, but they don't have to like it -- or each other.

Seventh grade means different schools for the pair: Brainy Meg's at ultracompetitive Fischer, while Charlton Street Alternative School is the place for freewheeling Edward. Oddly enough, it's just when Edward and Meg are finally out of each other's shadows that the trouble begins.

Within just a week, Meg's aspirations for popularity, imaginary boyfriend, and angst over a terrible yellow ensemble her mother has chosen combine with Edward's devious planning, lack of singing ability, and top-secret soft spot to set off a showdown the likes of which twindom has never before seen.

How is it, then, that this final showdown is so much fun? Could it be that Meg and Edward are more alike than they thought?

Never mind. Read the book!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Novel for Middle Readers
Twelve-year-old, seventh-grade twins, Meg and Edward, may share the same birthday, but that's where their similarities end. While Meg is tall, Edward is short; where Meg's brainy, Edward is a slacker; Meg is day, Edward is night. Which is why, for seventh grade, Meg and Edward have been split up. Meg is attending the ultracompetitive Fischer, where everything revolves around grades, popularity, and money. Edward, on the other hand, is attending the Charlton Street Alternative School, where no homework is ever given, and students can pretty much do anything that they want. However, within just a week of being shipped off to their designated school's, Meg's aspirations for popularity, anger over a tacky yellow outfit her Mother bought for her, and craziness over an imaginary boyfriend, combine with Edward's top-secret soft spot, and lack of singing ability, to create the biggest showdown in the history of twins.

Being a fan of Avi's work, I was excited to see that he was the voice of Edward in this joint effort for greatness, which created NEVER MIND! However, I was thoroughly impressed with Rachel Vail (an author whose work I've never had the pleasure of reading) as the voice of Meg. Meg was an enjoyable character, who possessed all of the character traits of a perfectionist. Edward, on the other hand, while also an enjoyable character, possessed all of the traits of a fairly typical slacker. Together they created one of the most enjoyable duos in a novel that I've ever read before in my life. All in all, NEVER MIND! is a fantastic novel for either male or female middle readers looking to read an amusing novel.

Erika Sorocco ... Read more


8. Soul Stealer : The Alchemist's Son Part II (Alchemist's Son)
by Martin Booth
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DESCRIPTION: A modern-day tale that merges past and present, alchemy and adventure, and science andsuspense, Soul Stealer is the pulse-racing sequel to Doctor Illuminatus. Siblings Pip and Tim once again come to the aid of Sebastian--a medieval alchemist’s son who has awakened from a centuries-long slumber--when he finds himself face-to-face with a grand and terrifying evil. Appearing in a cunning disguise, another one of Sebastian’s father’s enemies has emerged from the past with a deadly plan: to get a hold of Gerbert d’Aurillac’s ancient book of spells and use it to steal the souls of millions. As Sebastian primes them on the secrets of alchemy and spells, Pip and Tim must still rely on quick wit and courage when a school field trip seems fated to turn into a nuclear disaster. Soul Stealer brings The Alchemist’s Son tales to a riveting and astounding conclusion. ... Read more


9. Spy X #3: Proof Positive (Spy X #3)
by Peter Lerangis
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It's been almost a full year since Andrew and Evie's mom disappeared, and the twins are determined to find her. They've been following her trail, decoding the clues she's left them. And that trail is drawing them closer to their mother than ever before.But now the Company is on to the fact that Mom is communicating with the twins -- and they'll do anything to get to her first. The Company's agents are desPbate to intercept Mom's messages. It's up to Andrew and Evie to stop them -- and to find Mom before her enemies do.
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10. Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
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Catlog: Book (1977-10-21)
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Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants tobe the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he cantaste it. He's been practicing all summer, running in the fieldsaround his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboynamed Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and changeshis life forever. Not only does Leslie not look or act like anygirls Jess knows, but she also turns out to be the fastest runnerin the fifth grade. After getting over the shock and humiliationof being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might beokay.

Despite their superficial differences, it's clear that Jess andLeslie are soul mates. The two create a secret kingdom in thewoods named Terabithia, where the only way to get into the castleis by swinging out over a gully on an enchanted rope. Here theyreign as king and queen, fighting off imaginary giants and thewalking dead, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against theschoolmates who tease them. Jess and Leslie find solace in thesanctuary of Terabithia until a tragedy strikes and the two areseparated forever. In a style that is both plain and powerful,Katherine Paterson's characters will stir your heart and put alump in your throat. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Great Friendship
Have you ever wanted a good friend? If you answered "yes", then you should read Bridge to Terabithia. This interesting and exciting book about friendship will teach you about love, determination, and loss. Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade, but when his new neighbor, Leslie Burke, comes to school the challenge is even harder for him. Even though Jess didn't become the fastest runner, he found a new friend in Leslie. Jess and Leslie also found a magical place in the woods that they called Terabithia. It was a private place just for them. Jess likes to draw, he's a good friend, and he's nice. Jess has two older sisters. They're lazy, selfish, whiney, and bossy. Jess also has a younger sister named Maybelle. She follows him everywhere like a cute little puppy, but he draws the line when it comes to Terabithia. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes great books about friendship.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson wrote a book called, ''Bridge to Terabithia.'' The novel is about a fith grade boy namd Jesse Oliver Aarons who dreams of being the fastest runner in the fith grade. Jess has a poor family life, but when a tomboy named Leselie Burke moves in from Arlingtron, Virginia his self-esteem is jolted up. Together they create a magical kingdom named Terabithia. When a tradgety happens Jess realizes the strength Leselie gave him. Realistic fiction is this seventies book's genre. Find out what the tradgety is and read the novel, ''Bridge to Terabithia.''
Do I personally like this book? You bet! I especially like the special ending and how it matches the title. My opion is that it is a very entertaining and heartwarming novel. The novel, ''Bridge to Terabithia,'' is one book that I highly recommend. So read it and see how you like it. I'm almost positive you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deliciously sad!
This book is hard to describe. I read it before buying it for my niece a few years after it was first published. I thought it was excellent, especially at depicting the mind of a pre-adolescent boy and how he confronts tragedy. Everything about the book struck me as honest, true and insightful at the time. Though looking at it now, some of the author's messages seem to lack subtlety. But how much subtlety do you want in children's literature? Still, I'm sure the author would be offended to hear me call this "children's literature." The fact is it's a great and enjoyable read that will keep your child thinking for a long time. But it's also a book that any adult can enjoy and will also have them thinking as well. If you don't own this one, buy it today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Life Lessons
I have read "Bridge to Terabithia" many times as both a child and adult, and have continued to return to it for many reasons. Jess, an unappreciated artistic boy, feels pressure from his family and school to live up to their expectations of "male" behavior, yet he learns with the help of individualistic Leslie that he needs to be true to himself. Together they create a magical kingdom where they can be themselves, applaud each others' talents, and escape the closed-minded world that fails to understand them. When Leslie suddenly leaves Jess' life, Jess realizes he has gained the confidence (with Leslie's help) to face the world on his own. He then passes Terabithia on to someone else who needs its "powers" the same way he did. This powerful, touching book teaches readers to always be themselves, that struggles and tragedies can make us stronger and bring us closer together, that appearances can be deceiving, and that friendship and imagination have remarkable powers. My class of reluctant 6th grade readers loved this book as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars WORST BOOK EVER!
This book is terrible! All my friends and I hate it. Sometimes for a whole chapter it talks about Jess thinking about things that nobody cares about. This would never happen in real life. All they do is say wow im in happyland. No wonder they dont have any other friends. LESLIE DIED! LETS HAVE A PARTY! ... Read more


11. Twin to Twin
by Margaret O'Hair
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Asin: 0689844948
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Sales Rank: 14168
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Double born.
Twice the blessing.

Double kids.
Twice the messing.

Twins mean double the kisses and double the fun. It's double the joy for everyone! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Twins
I had to write in to say how much we enjoyed Twin to Twin. This adorable little book is so fresh and fabulous. I don't have twins, exactly, but two children 15 months apart, and so when a friend told me about T to T, I picked it up and could totally relate. I can't wait for more from Ms. O'Hair!

5-0 out of 5 stars Twin to Twin a Win!
This is a delightful funny and touching rhymimg picture book.
Sure to please little ones with it's bouncy rhythm and adults with it's tender observations. Twin to Twin is sure to become a classic, and not just for twins either!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet story!
This is a wonderful twin story with a sweet rhyme and great illustrations. It is the perfect addition for the twins in your life. I gave it to a three-year-old with newborn twin siblings, and he just can't get enough of it. I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars ADORABLE!
This is a delightful book. It gives us a humorous peek into what parents of twins are up against. Even early readers will enjoy its short and sweet verse: "Double shirts. Double jeans. Belly buttons in between." And the illustrations are heart-warming! TWIN TO TWIN is a book that I'll keep on my "Special" shelf to read again and again. I'm looking forward to more children's books from the talented Margaret O'Hair.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Picture Book For Families and Teachers
I intended to buy this book for a friend expecting twins, but had to get one for myself. The charming illustrations in baby hues grabbed me first. I couldn't stop turning the pages with right-on rhyme that made this mom chuckle. Parents of any little ones will want this by their bedside for nightly storytime. I'm also going to use it in my 1st grade class because I believe in the power of language. This new author not only has a "niche" book for families with twins, but a book all children will want to hear again and again (and will be soon chiming in with the rhymes). ... Read more


12. The Very Real Ghost Book of Christina Rose
by James M. Deem
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Asin: 039576128X
Catlog: Book (1996-05-09)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 1535441
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Christina Rose has believed in ghosts ever since she saw one as a child. Now that her family has moved to a supposedly haunted house, she's ready to do some ghost hunting and forms a club with her brother and the boy next door. ... Read more


13. My Twin My Friend
by Lynne Crump
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Asin: 0971134103
Catlog: Book (2001-11-21)
Publisher: Legg Pub
Sales Rank: 123744
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Share the joy of being a twin with this wonderful and unique story. Fun rhymes and illustrations help young children understand the beautiful gift of twinship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for everyone, even if you don't have twins!
My Twin My Friend is a great book for everyone! I am the parent of a five-year old only child, and he loved it! It helped him understand better his twin friends, as well as some kindergarten classmates who are twins. Despite hundreds of matches with the keyword "twin," there is very little written out there to help kids understand at an early age how special being a twin really is. Certainly the positive aspects of twinship are discussed, but also individual differences and difficulty in sharing as well. The illustrations are superb, and their simplicity is perfect for the pre-school reader. Each page shows a different combination of twins, both identical and fraternal, and there is a subtle emphasis on racial and cultural diversity, too. Lynne Crump not only has her hands full with 2 sets of twins, but with a possible best seller, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Twins will love this book written espescially for them.
This book is beautifully illustrated and fun to read. Twins of all ages will love it. As a mother and grandmother of twins, I know the difficulty in finding a book that will help twins relate to their uniqueness. The book accurately depicts the wonderfulness of having a friend who also happens to be your twin. ... Read more


14. Spy X: The Code
by Peter Lerangis
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Asin: 0439507251
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 24461
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Leaving only a cryptic note, Andrew and Evie's mother vanishes on their eleventh birthday. Now, almost a year later, the twins receive a mysterious package from someone named Spy X. They soon learn that the contents of the box will lead them on an incredible journey toward finding their mother - and into a world where no one's identity can be trusted.In Book #1, Andrew and Evie aren't initially sure what to make of the package that arrives at their door soon after they move to a new town.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great spy novel for kids!
I bought this book for my 8-year-old daughter. I started reading it aloud to her and got into it myself. It may be a bit too advanced for her, but I really enjoyed it and finished it on my own. There is fun code breaking, chase scenes and spying by two witty kids. It's a believable plot. I'd guess that an 11-year-old would love it - boy or girl! ... Read more


15. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
by Bruce Coville, Tim Raglin, William Twelfth Night Shakespeare
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Asin: 0803723180
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Dial Books
Sales Rank: 273006
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bruce Coville follows his earlier critically acclaimed retellings of Shakespeare's works with a lively interpretation of one of the Bard's most beloved comedies.In this boisterous tale of hidden identities and misplaced love, Coville once again weaves his own lyrical prose together with pivotal lines from Twelfth Night.

Tim Raglin has captured all the hilarity of the play in his expressively comic illustrations. Shakespeare enthusiasts and newcomers alike will delight in this faithful, merry adaptation.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really liked this book, how could i not? It's Shakespeare. I liked Twelfth Night also because it doesn't end with happiness and laughter like most comedies, it ends with the fool's sad song. very good. ... Read more


16. The Time Capsule
by LURLENE MCDANIEL
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Asin: 055357096X
Catlog: Book (2003-09-09)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 159084
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Time Capsule
I am a big fan of LM's books, and this one was great as well. The plot line was the usual, a teen with so much going for him gets lukemia, loses his girlfreind, etc. But this book was unique because it was about twins. Alexis feels guilty that Adam is sick while she's heathly, she doesn't know how she'll deal with losing him because they are so close. One thing I thought was weird, though, was that there was no mention of a bone marrow transplant. In most of LM's lukemia books, the subject of a bone marrow transplant is almost always brought up, and it is always said that transplants work best between identical twins. So since Alexas and Adam were identical twins, I felt sure that she would at least be tested for the transplant. But it was never even mentioned. I found that really odd. But still, it was a really good book, and a must for LM fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Omgoodness
I have read all of Lurlenes books! All of Which are GREAt, although i didnt liek her older books, her newer (1990-now) are my fav. I normally HATE reading, but with her books, Man, i am hooked, thisbook really touched me and make me feel how Ally (alexis) felt!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book by Lurlene McDaniel!
This is a very touching story of a set of twins, Alexis and Adam Chappel. They have been very close since birth, and when Adam's leukemia relapses, Alexis is devistated. At first Adam doesn't tell his family that the cancer has returned. This book talks about friendship, romance, and the sad truth that sometime or other, we all have to let go.
I loved this book, and I hope you do too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripped my heart...
This story touched, or shall I say gripped my heart with love and sympathy. This is a beautifully written book that everyone will love, no matter what. This book choked me up in the end it sends so much felling through you. IT IS AWESOME!

5-0 out of 5 stars Time Capsule Review
The Time Capsule was by far one of the best books Iv'e ever read. If you don't like to cry while reading books then i definitley dont suggest this book to you. But The Time Capsule was very well written and teaches people not ot take anything for granted and to realize no matter how bad off you are there is always someone that has got it worse than you do. ... Read more


17. Got Your Nose: A True Story
by Ragnar
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Asin: 0972938818
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Baby Tattoo Books
Sales Rank: 405073
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A game of Got Your Nose between two brothers spins out of control when one brother inflicts greater and stinkier abuses on the other's nose.Will it end in the ultimate stink-off? Got Your Nose! Who hasn't played this with a parent, or grandparent? It's a part of our collective childhood. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Horace doesn't bore us
In fact we found this cautionary tale of probiscus thievery and sibling rivalry downright enchanting. The "drawerings" are top-notch, the sound effects well-oiled and the story glows with originality. ( It does make you wonder though just what sort of horrible things the author's brother must have inflicted on him growing up. ) My four year old daughter called it "A laff riot!" and my 2 year son gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up. Which is good because that's exactly what I asked them to do. They're good kids. Not like Horace & Boris. They have issues. Nose issues. ... Read more


18. Who Let the Dogs Out?
by H.B. Homzie
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Asin: 0689823436
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Aladdin
Sales Rank: 7543
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In the doghouse


Barton and Nancy are supposed to be minding the store -- the pet store, that is. But instead they're off trying to win tickets to see their favorite band, Woptic. So who's watching the animals? Their alien clones, Beta and Gamma, that's who! They can take care of a few little critters....What could go wrong? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest book I ever read
My uncle got me this book. It was really really funny. I love how Beta and Gamma let all of the pets out of the store. And they put this lady in a cage. I've read this book four times! If you like funny books go out and get this book. ... Read more


19. Dangerous Girls (Dangerous Girls)
by R.L. Stine
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Asin: 0060530820
Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Avon
Sales Rank: 297602
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Destiny Weller and her twin sister, Livvy, return from their summer vacation with an overpowering thirst -- an inhuman desire to drink blood.

Have they turned into vampires?

How will they keep their horrifying secret from their family and friends?

And can they find a way to become human again ... before it's too late?

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4-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Book
If you like to read mysterious and thrilling books you have got to read "Dangerous Girls" written by R.L. Stine. It is about twin girls, Destiney and Livvey, who are about 18 years old. They sign up to be on camp council. So they spend the summer watching little kids at Camp Blue Moon. The girls meet a 19 year old named Renz. He is the kind of guy who all the girls fall over. Two of those girls are Livvey and Destiney.Destiney is sort of shy so she doesn't talk to Renz much. But her sister Livvey talks to him 24/7. Destiney sees Renz looking at her, so on the last day of camp she went to a camp fire party after the kids left. There Renz was talking to all the girls especially Livvey. After the party Renz took all the girls When Renz takes Destiney on a walk they go into the woods. Destiney comes to like him and they kiss. But what Destiney doesn't know is that Renz is about 500 years to old for her. When Destiney and her sister realize this they become bloodthirsty for revenge.

Something I really love about this book is that has so many different twists and turns. At one moment you think every thing is okay then you turn around and you think it's the end of the world. Something that I don't like very well about this story is how it talks about the people in the story. The story doesn't describe the way the people look.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Was Surprised
I was surprised that R.L. Stine had ever put cussing words in his books. It's about these twin sisters who came from camp and was a vampire. They try to find a cure before it's too late. Good. I can't wait to read part 2.

3-0 out of 5 stars What I Did on My Summer Vacation (Became a Vampire)
Destiny and Livvy were camp counselors.On their last night of camp they are bitten by one of the other councillors.For some reason they do not remember the event or even the existence of the councillor.Counselor Renz has a reason for targeting the twins.He believes on of hem is his long-lost love.

As the new school year begins at Summer's end, the sisters notice the marks on their necks.They are quick to speculate what it could mean and soon come to the conclusion that there is a chance they will turn into vampires.Soon they become overly sensitive to the sun.People begin to get killed.Renz makes an appearance in town although the girls do not remember him.

Who is behind the killings?Is there a way to halt the transformation?Are there really vampire slayers?What are Renz's plans?All of the questions and others get answered although some of those answers raise more questions as well as pave the way for the sequel.

Quick short chapters move the story along very quickly and the reader is kept guessing what is really going on.As the book ended I was sorry I had not waited to get the sequel first (my usual habit).Now I have to wait for the next one.Storywise this one seems to fall somewhere between Stine's usual YA books and his more adult stories.This is not a typical vampire tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars I need the nector...............of this book!
This book is one of the best I have every read in my whole life! I had always been a R.L. Stine fan for as long as I can remeber. (The first book I read of R.L.Stines was one of his fear street books: Night games) anyway, I never knew about this book untill my friend was reading it and I asked her about it. After she let me borow the book I finished it in 1 day without putting it down. The suspence was killing me in the whole book and I just kept on reading. It may look like a VERY LONG book at first glance, but when u start reading it it feels like the book is not that long. Thats how I felt anyway. I give this book a 5 out of 5 because it is one of the best books I have every read. Oh and also read the 2nd dangerous girls (taste of the night) which is out now, that one is great 2. I hope there is a 3rd one out soon. ^_^ I sujest this book at any R.L. Stine fans ^_^ like me! ^__________^ Bye!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars "Danerous Girls"
This book is about two girls that go out and sleep in a tent. That day they slept all day and when they awoke they found themselves drinking the blood of rabbits.

I would suggest this book to someone who likes suspense they, should read this book because it will keep you on the end of your seat all the way through this book. In a rating from 1-5 I would give this book a 4.

I would give this book a 4 because ti is one of the best books I have ever read and I will encourage you to read it.

One reason why is because I liked this book and there is not many that I really enjoy so if you can find this book I highly suggest you to read it.

Another reason is because at the end the girls still have one big secret I won't give it away because I want YOU to read this book and find out what it is so next time your at the library look for this book.

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20. Destiny's Twins (T*Witches)
by H. B. Gilmour, Randi Reisfeld
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Asin: 0439492327
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 25140
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's the moment they've been waiting for. Cam and Alex are about to be initiated. In just a month, the girls will be welcomed as full-fledged witches in a blowout bash on Coventry.

But first they've got to prove themselves witch-worthy. The twins must complete a series of tough magick tests. And they've got an extra-credit exam: someone sketchy is out to stop them both from succeeding. It's up to the twins to decide how to get rid of this creep. But they'd better choose wisely. Because nothing less than their destiny is at stake. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Really good!
I really enjoyed reading this one. It had been a while since I read last one. I wasn't sure if wanted to keep reading the series but I really liked this one a lot. To bad there won't be any more for while. I heard there making a Disney movie of it. That would awesome. I hope they do well by the books. We'll see!

5-0 out of 5 stars ahhh its out!!
ahh i cant believe its out! its gunna be sooo good! it wasnt supposed to b out for a long time! same with the new Avalon book ALL'S FAIRY LOVE AND WAR! i dont have to read it cuz it gunna be good anyway!!! buy buy buy buy it!!! ... Read more


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