Almost Identical (Almost Identical Series #1)

Almost Identical (Almost Identical Series #1)

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by Lin Oliver
     
 

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Identical twins Sammie and Charlie are starting out seventh grade at a brand-new school. As they make new friends, and join different clubs, the sisters (and once inseparable best friends) start to grow further and further apart. Told from Sammie's point of view, this moving yet funny story will be gobbled up by middle-school girls!See more details below

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Identical twins Sammie and Charlie are starting out seventh grade at a brand-new school. As they make new friends, and join different clubs, the sisters (and once inseparable best friends) start to grow further and further apart. Told from Sammie's point of view, this moving yet funny story will be gobbled up by middle-school girls!

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Publishers Weekly
Oliver, coauthor of the Hank Zipzer series, presents a thoughtful coming-of-age tale about identical twins. Twelve-year-olds Sammie and Charlie Diamond are about to start at a new middle school in Los Angeles, where their father is working at a private beach and tennis club. Despite being twins, Charlie and Sammie are opposites: “chubby” and self-conscious Sammie wants to join Truth Tellers, a school group that encourages self-discovery, while Charlie is slim, confident, and drawn to the cool kids, led by Lauren Wadsworth, “the most perfect, most popular, most everything girl at Beachside Middle School.” Meanwhile, Charlie and Sammie’s father envisions the girls becoming the next Venus and Serena Williams, adding to the growing gap between them. Sammie narrates this series kickoff with humor and candor (her anxieties about her weight, amplified by comments made by friends and family, are particularly affecting), as she makes a new friend and regains her confidence. It’s an enjoyable and emotionally honest story of social pressures and learning to be comfortable in one’s own skin. Readers get to hear from Charlie in Two-Faced, available simultaneously. Ages 8�12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Who is older and who is wiser? Everyone thinks Sammie and Charlie are identical twins, but their differences come into sharp contrast as they start seventh grade. Though they have been best friends since birth, a move to a new school causes their preferences to emerge. With their mother in Boston attending culinary school, they rely on their grandmother to hold the family together, as changing priorities and intense pressure from their father tear the twins apart. Sammie's sharp wit shines through from the novel's unexpected opening scene: a weigh-in at the doctor's office. Well-known author Oliver quickly develops each family member's personality while Sammie faces embarrassment about her weight and comparisons to her slim, pretty twin. Throughout the book, she uses her pitch-perfect sarcasm to cover her aching heart. Charlie seeks the approval of the second generation of Sporty Forty club members, the wealthy, beautiful and popular kids at Beachside Middle School. Sammie is drawn to the Truth Tellers, a group of quirky, culturally diverse students who are not afraid to "tell it like it is." These groups collide when Charlie and Sammie, who are used to doing everything together, suddenly find themselves unable to reconcile the values and interests of their new friends without compromising their own relationship. Sammie is a very sympathetic character, and readers will cheer for her as she finds her "fantabulous" self and her place in her world. A master of dialogue and humor, Oliver deftly handles current issues such unemployment, socioeconomic status, and immigration; and classic themes involving family dynamics, peer pressure, and self-concept. This fun-to-read book will hook upper elementary girls on the "Almost Identical" series, which launched the first two books simultaneously. The second title, Two Faced, is told from Charlie's perspective, another draw for readers who will be curious to see the world from the more popular sister's point of view. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448451916
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/27/2012
Series:
Almost Identical Series, #1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
243,937
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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