Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: Take Two by Julia deVillers and Jennifer Roy

Written by: Julia deVillers and Jennifer Roy
Publisher: Aladdin
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Series: Identical Twin Series (Book 2)
Ages: 9 and up
Source: Purchased
Buy: Barnes and Noble | amazon | IndieBound

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - I loved it!

Synopsis: Twin sisters Payton and Emma have learned that "trading faces" can lead to "twin-dentical" chaos, and they've promised never to do it again. But just to be sure that they've really learned their lesson, the school counselor has a punishment in store, and they're not going to be sitting through detention -- or hyperventilating through detention, in Emma's case. Instead, Emma's tutoring a math-hating eight-year-old boy who brings a creepy reptile to every lesson. Meanwhile, Payton has to keep an eye on his brother and help the drama club with their musical -- but she's not going to be onstage, she'll be under it! Oh! And the boys? They're identical twins too....

When things start spinning out of control, will it take another twin switch to sort it out? And just how many switches are going on at once? In the end, it's good to have a twin who's got your back as well as your face!

Okay, MundieTween and I have a new series that we love. What I enjoyed about this story is that the reader gets to see the consequences of the twins trading places scenario from the first book. And oh what consequences there are! The girls have to watch over a set of twin boys who are more than a handful.

The lesson that Payton and Emma learn at the end is a powerful one -- your best ally is your sister. When you're in trouble, shouldn't your sister step in for you? I'd like to think so.

My oldest daughter loves these stories and I think she's beginning to understand that the sisterly bonds between her and her little sister are important ones. For me, stories about family members helping each other out are always the best kind of stories whether I'm ten years old or, er, a few decades older.

In case you wanted to know, yes, we've picked up book 3 in the series, Times Squared, and we're looking forward to reading it soon.

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