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Children's LiteratureNicky and Tara appear to be your typical siblings—except for one thing. They are ghosts and not entirely sure why. Their parents fought evil and are trying to figure out how to bring the family back to life. Max, a budding magician, is the only person who can see Nicky and Tara. The kids are great friends. Dr. Smollett shows up claiming to have valuable information to save the family. However, it can only be given to them if they can find a human willing to temporarily switch brain waves with a chimpanzee. Tara and Nicky persuade Max to undergo the painless but risky experiment. It all goes horribly wrong when Dr. Smollett tricks the kids and disappears with Max's brain. The chimpanzee brain changes Max's behavior. He now likes to swing from trees and eat bananas. Tara and Nicky must find a way to not only get their friend's brain back but help their parents, too. The theme of loyal friendship is nicely demonstrated in this creative plot. Point of view is a good aspect to highlight as it changes frequently through the chapters. Some topics worth exploring in coordination with this book are animal experimentation, trusting strangers, and positive friendship traits. 2005, Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books, Ages 8 to 12.