Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Twin-Tastrophe by Sienna Mercer

Written by: Sienna Mercer
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: January 2012
Series: My Sister the Vampire (Book #9)
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5
Source: Purchased
Buy: amazon | Scholastic

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

Synopsis: This ninth adventure from the popular and funny series is full of drama! Olivia and her vampire twin sister, Ivy, are facing some tough situations. Olivia's in charge of the school dance, but some bullies are trying to take over, and they want to ban Goth girls like Ivy from the dance! Ivy's got problems of her own. Her Transylvanian grandparents want to send her to a special vampire boarding school to learn to control her growing vampire powers, and she's not allowed to tell Olivia about it! Can the sisters find a way to help each other handle it all?

I picked up the ninth book in this series for my fourth grade daughter because it's one of those stories, she keeps returning to in between her other reads. The cover has been changed in the U.S. version to the one here on the right. The U.K. cover is the one pictured above (along with the different name, Twin Spins). I point this out, because in preparing the review for this book, it appears that it may be tricky to find; I'm not sure if it's being re-packaged by Scholastic or by Harper Collins (the original U.S. publisher). Either way, the amazon link I posted above has used copies available.

In this installment the girls are in danger of being separated into different schools while Olivia is in charge of an upcoming dance. The bullies take control of the dance when Olivia skips a meeting because of a family vacation and they ban goths from attending the dance.

Olivia and Ivy find a compromise suggested from a surprising source. And the all pink decor for the dance gets turned into something that even goths would respect.

This series surprised both my daughter and myself with a twist we didn't see coming. A good story about inclusion and standing up for yourself. We both hope the series will continue with more installments.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~