Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways

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by Jacquelyn Mitchard
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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:
04/02/2009
Series:
The Midnight Twins Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
989,173
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of the bestselling novel The Deep End of the Ocean and of two nonfiction books, including Mother Less Child: The Love Story of a Family. She has been featured on NBC's Today Show and CBS This Morning, and has been profiled in such national publications as People and Newsweek. A contributing editor to Ladies? Home Journal, Mitchard and her five children live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A. in English, Rockford College, 1973
Website:
http://www.jacquelynmitchard.com

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