Look Both Ways

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In the second book of the Midnight Twins trilogy, Meredith and Mallory Brynn are finally coming to terms with their special gifts: Meredith to see into the past, Mallory to see into the future. But they never expect that their powers will reveal danger so close to home.

Mallory must help her best friend, Eden, find the strength to defy her destiny as a shape-shifter, before Eden gets hurt-or hurts somebody else. And Merry has her own friends to worry about when her visions ...

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In the second book of the Midnight Twins trilogy, Meredith and Mallory Brynn are finally coming to terms with their special gifts: Meredith to see into the past, Mallory to see into the future. But they never expect that their powers will reveal danger so close to home.

Mallory must help her best friend, Eden, find the strength to defy her destiny as a shape-shifter, before Eden gets hurt-or hurts somebody else. And Merry has her own friends to worry about when her visions reveal trouble brewing on the cheerleading squad in the form of Kim Jellico.

Mallory and Meredith must join together to rescue their friends before it's too late.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
Identical thirteen-year old twins, Mallory and Meredith Brynn, who were born on either side of midnight during New Year's Eve, have inherited the family's generations-old psychic powers. A devastating fire in The Midnight Twins (Razorbill/Penguin, 2008/VOYA December 2008) alters their gift of sight—Meredith sees the past whereas Mallory's nightmarish visions predict the future. The twins, now high school freshmen, run into trouble with their best friends. Shy Mallory is devoted to Eden, a junior who is tormented by her own unwanted status as her Native American tribe's medicine-woman-in-training. In love with James, Eden desperately wants to follow her heart. Alas her romance is doomed as Eden is a shape-shifter, a secret that Mallory uncovers and protects. Outgoing cheerleader Meredith's best friend, Kimmie, has descended into self-destructive grief following the death of her brother in the first book. Unbeknownst to everyone but the twins, whose actions caused his death, David was a serial rapist and killer. Mitchard stages another wilderness confrontation of good versus evil that leads to a more nuanced conclusion involving tough choices and cruel fate. She works hard to intersect these two tragedies while creating a world of normal high school drama and rituals. The smooth flow of Mitchard's adult novels is replaced by a more spasmodic feel in this series, but middle and high school girls will gobble up this break from the vampire glut currently permeating teen literature. Reviewer: Beth E. Andersen
Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
High school is hard enough as it is. Being a twin adds another level of complexity, as sisters Mally and Merry Brynn know well. These twins have an extra special bond that other twins do not have. They both have visions of the future, and what they see is not always good. Such was the case when they had horrible visions of their neighbor and former friend David Jellico. They were devastated to learn through their shared visions that he was not the person he appeared to be and was capable of true terror. Now that Jellico is dead and unable to hurt anyone, the twins had hoped their visions would stop so that they could be normal teenagers again. Merry is dealing with major make-up issues as she prepares for the cheerleading try-outs, while Mally is all about being a tomboy. However, it becomes clear in this second book of the "Midnight Twins" series that they are not normal teenagers. They begin to have visions again. As in the first book, the girls do not truly understand what they see, but they do know one thing: people they care about are in danger. They know they have to figure out their visions in order to save their loved ones; they just do not know how. Readers will enjoy finding out how the twins protect the special people in their lives, one vision at a time. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—In this sequel (2009) to Jacquelyn Mitchard's Midnight Twins (2008, both Razorbill), 14-year-old twins with psychic abilities—Meredith sees the past and Mallory sees the future—have been experiencing dreams and visions involving a haunting and a white mountain lion. This is soon followed by a mysterious accident involving a cheerleader. The rest of the story focuses on how the twins try to understand what the visions and dreams mean, and in so doing, they are each drawn into the secrets of their friends. Meredith tries to help an emotionally fragile and depressed girl who is beginning to hang out with the wrong crowd. Mallory attempts to understand and support her best friend who a member of a Native American tribe. With the introduction of elements of a Native American legend involving shape shifters and shamanism, the slow-moving story picks up speed. Emily Durante's narration captures the timbre and nuances of the teens, but sometimes their voices sound so similar that it is difficult to figure out who is speaking. Enough backstory is woven into this title that listeners do not have to be familiar with the earlier book. An additional purchase.—Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Meredith and Mallory are 13-year-old twins with unusual gifts: One can see incidents from the past, the other, the future. These gifts have both lured them into danger and helped them find their way out again (The Midnight Twins, 2008). They hoped their gifts would go away and leave them with normal lives as high-school freshman, despite their Grandmother's explanation of their uniqueness. A vision that causes Mallory to wake up screaming as this sequel gets underway, however, demonstrates that this will not be the case. Here Mitchard weaves together two plotlines, one involving a sabotaged cheerleader and the other the plight of a Native American friend rebelling against her own gifts and ordained tribal position. The first is decidedly less interesting than the second, but the dual stories serve to highlight the differences between the twins. There are enough references to the first novel to pique readers' interest, but this sequel stands on its own. The primary protagonists are well drawn and the secondary characters are intriguing. Rich details of family and community life add warmth and texture to this supernatural mystery. (Mystery. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595141613
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Series: The Midnight Twins Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 829,490
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the national bestselling author of The Breakdown Lane, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Deep End of the Ocean, which was the very first book picked by Oprah for her book club. She also has several children's books to her credit: Baby Bat's Lullaby, Starring Prima!, and Rosalie, My Rosalie. Jackie lives outside Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and eight children.


"Jacquelyn Mitchard has considered changing her name legally to The Deep End of the Ocean. This is because her own name is much less well-known than the title of her first book," so read the opening lines of Mitchard's biography on her web site. Granted, the writer is best known for the novel that holds the distinct honor of being the very first pick in Oprah Winfrey's book club, but Mitchard is also responsible for a number of other bestsellers, all baring her distinctive ability to tackle emotional subject matter without lapsing into cloying sentimentality.

Mitchard got her start as a newspaper journalist in the ‘70s, but first established herself as a writer to watch in 1985 when she published Mother Less Child, a gut wrenching account of her own miscarriage. Though autobiographical in nature, Mother Less Child introduced the themes of grief and coping that would often resurface in her fiction. These themes were particularly prevalent in the debut novel that would nab Mitchard her greatest notoriety. The Deep End of the Ocean tells of the depression that grips a woman and her son following the disappearance of her younger son. Like Mother Less Child, the novel was also based on a personal tragedy, the death of her husband, and the author's very real grief contributes to the emotional authenticity of the book.

The Deep End of the Ocean became a commercial and critical smash, lauded by every publication from People Magazine to Newsweek. It exemplified Mitchard's unique approach to her subject. In lesser hands, such a story might have sunk into precious self-reflection. However Mitchard approaches her story as equal parts psychological drama and suspenseful thriller. "I like to read stories in which things happen," she told Book Reporter. "I get very impatient with books that are meditations - often beautiful ones - on a single character's thoughts and reactions. I like a story that roller coasters from one event to the next, peaks and valleys."

The Deep End of the Ocean undoubtedly changed Mitchard's life. She was still working part time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writing speeches when the novel got Oprah's seal of approval and went into production as a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer. She didn't even consider leaving her job until, as she recounted to Book Slut.com, "my boss finally said to me, ‘You know, kiddo, people whose books have sold this many copies and are being made into movies don't have this part-time job.'" So, she left her job despite misgivings and embarked upon a writing career that would produce such powerful works as The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Breakdown Lane. She has also written two non-fictional volumes about peace activist Jane Addams.

Mitchard's latest Cage of Stars tells of Veronica Swan, a twelve-year old girl living in a Mormon community whose life is completely upturned when her sisters are murdered. Again, a story of this nature could have easily played out as a banal tear jerker, but Mitchard allows Veronica to take a more active role in the novel, setting out to avenge the death of her sisters. Consequently, Case of Stars is another example of Mitchard's ability to turn the tables on convention and produce a story with both emotional resonance and a page-turning narrative, making for a novel created with the express purpose of pleasing her fans. "Narrative is not in fashion in the novels of our current era; reflection is," she told Book Reporter. "But buying a book and reading it is a substantial investment of time and money. I want to take readers on a journey full circle. They deserve it."

Good To Know

Mitchard is certainly most famous for her sophisticated adult novels, yet she has also written two children's novels, Rosalie and Starring Prima, as well as Baby Bat's Lullaby, a picture book. She currently has three new children's books in development.

Now that Mitchard has officially scored a successful writing career, what could be left for the writer to achieve? Well, according to her web site, her "truest ambition" is to make an appearance on the popular TV show Law and Order.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Margaret Waterman for TeensReadToo.com

    If you're a fan of THE MIDNIGHT TWINS, or even if you've never heard of it, you're going to love this book!

    LOOK BOTH WAYS by Jacquelyn Mitchard is a fun-filled book, with suspense, comedy, and even romance. It's definitely a book for everybody - there are elements of this novel that would be appealing for any different type of teen reader. Although it is geared for young adults, I think any age group could enjoy it.

    Mally and Merry thought life had gone back to normal by the close of THE MIDNIGHT TWINS, but by the first couple of chapters of their second adventure, they and their readers knew they were in for another wild ride.

    The twins, one born the minute before midnight and one born the minute after, have odd dreams throughout the series. At the beginning of the novel, their visions and dreams start up again. They discover, partly through their visions, a secret that Eden, another character in the book, has been keeping from them; one that ties into an accident involving a girl on the cheerleading squad.

    Can they figure out what's going on before it's too late?

    This book is a fun, quick read - coming out just in time for summer!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

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    freakily good!

    So first off I have to say I started reading this book series when I saw the first book and was shocked to see that the main characters names where Mallory and Meredith. It's so weird because what are the odds of finding a book with your name in it and you sister's name in it also. In a way it's like the Author is physic and she looked into my life. I'm Mallory and just like the Mallory in the book I don't have many friends just at least one close one. I don't really talk to people because I think the things people do are stupid.So like the character I rather hangout at home rather than go out and be around crowds. My sister Meredith is the same as the book Meredith shes always throwing the fact that she has a lot of friends in my face. Plus she is also way into looks like the book Meredith. This book had a good mystery type plot and was an interesting read. Although I think the first book may have been a bit more fun to read. The covers to these books are really awesome and pretty too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012


    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Great book

    This is a great quick read for adults or middle school/junior high ages students.

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