Double

Double

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by Jenny Valentine
     
 

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A riveting psychological thriller about identity, family, loss, and redemption by critically-acclaimed author Jenny Valentine  See more details below

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A riveting psychological thriller about identity, family, loss, and redemption by critically-acclaimed author Jenny Valentine

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Publishers Weekly
What starts as a case of mistaken identity turns into a bizarre mystery in this exhilarating thriller from Valentine (Broken Soup). Homeless, 16-year-old Chap is killing time in a London hostel when he’s presented with a coincidence-born opportunity of a lifetime: if he pretends to be Cassiel Roadnight, a teen who has been missing for two years and who looks just like Chap, Chap can have the life and family he’s always dreamed of. As he tries to pass in his new identity among the dysfunctional Roadnights, constantly fearful of giving himself away, Chap begins to suspect that there’s more to Cassiel’s disappearance than meets the eye. Now he’s caught in a delicate balance between knowing too little and asking the wrong questions. Valentine ramps up the paranoia and mystery steadily, letting the story unfold with a grim inexorability. Some of the twists are a little unbelievable, but the slow series of revelations, coupled with Valentine’s incisive exploration of identity and perception, add up to the kind of tense, nerve-wracking story that teens will race to finish. Ages 12–up. Agent: Adams Literary. (Feb.)
VOYA - Mark Letcher
Sixteen year-old Chap has no real name, no discernable past, and no future. He has lived a large portion of his life being shuffled between foster and state homes, ever since the accident that separated him from Grandad. When he is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel Roadnight, he makes the choice to assume Cassiel's identity, and "return" to his family. Chap knows he is not really Cassiel—he is certain that his scars and ear piercings will give him away—but he sees this as an opportunity to have a family, and an identity of his own. He is welcomed back by Cassiel's family, but is always on edge, knowing that one wrong response or question could destroy his facade. As Chap learns more about the family, and about what Cassiel knew and did right before his disappearance, it becomes apparent that there is something much more sinister going on in the Roadnight house, something that Chap must act on before his life, and not just his cover, is in danger. Valentine has created a taut mystery with enough suspense to keep readers engaged. The story drags a little after Chap assumes Cassiel's identity, but it quickly picks up the pace as other characters are introduced, and the secrets of the Roadnights are revealed. Chap also has an intriguing backstory with his Grandad, one that sheds more light on Chap's character before the revelation of his true identity. This is a mystery with some dark elements and plenty of substance. Reviewer: Mark Letcher
Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Chap is a troubled sixteen-year-old living on the streets of London. One day, his life dramatically changes when he is mistaken for Cassiel Roadnight, a boy who has been missing for two years. With nothing to lose, Chap decides to take on the identity of the missing Cassiel and instantly gains the family and friends he's always dreamed of having. But pretending to be someone else is not as easy as he hoped. Cassiel's life was full of secrets and Chap is beginning to suspect that foul play was involved in his disappearance. Chap is not sure whom he can trust. His new family seems genuinely happy to have him home, but with Cassiel's brother Frank, something is not quite right. One day Chap meets an old acquaintance of Cassiel's named Floyd, who claims to have information about the mysterious disappearance. He confirms Chap's suspicions about Frank and together they devise a plan to find out the truth. But Chap is not prepared for what he is about to discover and the danger he now faces. Frank is the only one who knows that Cassiel is not really missing, but is actually dead. Frank murdered Cassiel and is now prepared to do the same to Chap in order to keep his secret. But Chap is more than just a nosy imposter; he is the twin brother of Cassiel who was separated from his family at birth. Will this new revelation tear his family apart or be the catalyst that brings them together? This book is a suspenseful read full of twists and turns and a surprise ending that will be particularly appealing to teen readers. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
Kirkus Reviews
What are the odds of two identical missing boys? The possibility will haunt readers in this British import by Morris Award finalist Valentine. When 16-year-old runaway Chap, named by his reclusive grandfather, gets locked up for fighting in a London hostel, detectives are certain that they've found missing Cassiel Roadnight, who disappeared two years ago on the firework-filled Hay on Fire fall festival. Longing for a real family, Chap assumes Cass' identity and tries to ingratiate himself with the Roadnights as he moves into their home. Weighed down by his lies and the family's doubts ("Your eyes used to be blue"), his ruse is not as easy to carry out as he imagined. Chap's spare, first-person narration intensifies this taut, psychological thriller as he also begins to wonder why and how Cass disappeared. Flashbacks, fraught with identity, loss and betrayal, fill in the back story on Chap's own life, which is just as mysterious as Cass'. Piecing together clues from his and Cass' lives, Chap can't help but believe that he may be living with Cass' killer. With the next Hay on Fire quickly approaching, will Chap meet the same fate as Cass? Readers who like the quick pace of Gail Giles' mysteries and the dark, finely crafted suspense of Kevin Brooks will find the perfect combination here. (Thriller. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423154563
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Series:
Single Title (One-Off)
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
394 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jenny Valentine studied English literature at Goldsmith's College, which almost made her stop reading but not quite. Her debut novel, Me, the Missing, and the Dead, was a William C. Morris Award finalist and won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the UK under the title Finding Violet Park. She is also the author of Broken Soup, a Best Books for Young Adults title. Jenny is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children. She lives in Hay-on-Wye, England.

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Double 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had a slow beginning, but it was worth it just to get to the end. The mystery part was awsome, but I feel that Jenny Valentine spent to much ofthe book getting to the mystery by talking about Chaps past, present, and furture. Other than that, it is worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is an amazing story to read , and it a great book for teens.
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Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Great mystery books are always fun to read. Chap has never had a typical life, living first with his recluse grandfather and then on the streets and in homes for boys. An ordinary life has always been out of reach, but now, mistaken for a missing boy, he takes on a new identity and a new family. As Chap learns more about the boy, Cassiel, whose identity he has stolen, he uncovers secrets and mystery while trying to conceal his true self. Double could be enjoyed by anyone over the age of thirteen. There is very little violence and no “mature” content. Valentine’s writing is not specific to any gender or age. Chap’s thoughts are fascinating. They are written as a teen boy would think. Chap questions his situation and wonders if what he is doing is morally wrong. He struggles with whether or not he should confess. Trying to solve the mysteries contained in this book is more than entertaining. Why are Chap and Cassiel identical? Did Cassiel runaway, or was he kidnapped? These questions accompany a reader through their experience until the end of the novel.
ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to get pulled into this story, but once I did, it flew. It took the entrance of ONE character to light the whole thing on fire--brilliantly done, Jenny! From that point on, the mystery unravels at a surprising and shocking pace. And the ending . . . wow. Awesome. I highly recommend this one for lovers of contemporary YA mystery.
In-Interest More than 1 year ago
Nobody goes into a youth hostel and Cassiel leaves. Somewhere inbetween, the boy that enters is falsely recognised as 14 year old Cassiel, who went missing 2 years previous. The boy, a first tries to protest, but Cassiel has everything he's never had. A family that love him. Friends. A life. He stops protesting and enters the not so perfect life of Cassiel Roadnight. His life remains a intense murky mystery that the boy has to solve. Double is the fantastic novel written perfectly by Jenny Valentine that will keep you on the edge of the seat, wanting more as she takes us on the journey with the boy. I thought this book was excellent. It's just pure fiction that is hard to come by in YA anymore. There is not a romance or paranormal element in there which I think is ceartinly refreshing. The book, in someways, alternates between the current day and Chap's memories of him and his Grandad. As much as the decision he made was unquestionably wrong, Valentine manages to create a understanding at to why Chap chose to act the way he did. Constantly feeling guilty with taking Cassiel's life, Chap accumaltes feelings for the family. He actually cares for them. Although they look the same, Cassiel and Chap are different. Whilst he is so thankfull for his new family and would do anything to helpthem, Cassiel was greedy and ungrateful. When Floyd comes along that's when the mysetery really starts as questions arise. Floyd claims that he was the last person to see Cassiel. Soon cracks start to show in the 'perfect' family. As Chap learns more he realises people in the his new family aren't really who they seem to be which takes him into dangerous territory. There is another part of the story and that is the mystery sorrounding Chap's former life. This is the part that upset me the most. His life was shrounded in loneliness which I just think is heartbreaking. He dotes on his Grandad and you can realy feel the love they have. Even this was not true, just another mystery in Chap's life. I read this book in one sitting, whilst having a migraine. I just wanted to know the answers so much so I decided to plough through it. I thoroughy enjoyed it and I'd recommend it to anyone. It is a short, thought provoking and heart wrenching read
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