The Midnight Twins [NOOK Book]

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A beautiful and suspenseful tale by a master American novelist, The Midnight Twins tells the story of mirror twins born on either side of midnight. After a mysterious and nearly fatal fi re on their thirteenth birthday, Meredith and Mallory Brynn begin having visions: Mallory can see into the past, Meredith can see into the future. But it will take both of them to save their ...
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Overview

A beautiful and suspenseful tale by a master American novelist, The Midnight Twins tells the story of mirror twins born on either side of midnight. After a mysterious and nearly fatal fi re on their thirteenth birthday, Meredith and Mallory Brynn begin having visions: Mallory can see into the past, Meredith can see into the future. But it will take both of them to save their town from a great evil. That is, if their unique powers don't destroy them fi rst.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Experimenting with genre, Mitchard (The Deep End of theOcean; All We Know of Heaven, Reviews, May 26) proffers the first of a projected trilogy about identical twins Mallory and Meredith, born two minutes apart-one on New Year's Eve, the other on New Year's Day. The two are perfect opposites, mirrors of each other; they share each other's dreams and feel each other's thoughts-until their 13th birthday, when they nearly die in a terrible fire that has been deliberately set. The fire leaves one of them scarred-they are no longer physically identical-and both of them endowed with psychic powers: one can see the future, the other far into the past. However familiar some of these elements, Mitchard uses them to conjure genuine horror in the form of a villain who begins by torturing neighborhood pets and graduates to murdering young women. The plot moves quickly, propelled by the mysteries of the sisters' relationship. Members of the target audience will be particularly vulnerable to the twins' heightened intimacy and extra-sensitive to any possibility of rupture; the girls' supernatural knowledge is a delicious bonus. Ages 12-up. (July)

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. . . foreshadowing keeps the pages turning, and a closing speech from the girls' grandma indicate that the (the girls') extraordinary talents will be showcased in future volumes.
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Twin sisters—Merry and Mallory—were born two minutes apart on either side of midnight on New Year's Eve—resulting in not only separate birthdays but separate birth years. These two twins live with their family in the small town of Ridgeline, New York. The twins are night and day in personalities, although like many other twins, they are best friends and can communicate through telepathy. However, even though they might seem like any other set of twins, these twins are anything but ordinary. When the twins are about to turn thirteen years old, Mallory begins to have dreams about the future. Soon Merry begins to have dreams that confirm what happens in the past. With one twin trying to stop future events and the other trying to pick up the pieces of what she knows has happened, the twins must work together in order to save each other and their community. This supernatural book, with a detailed contemporary setting and a good hint of mystery, will have readers waiting for more—and the author does note that there are plans for two more "Midnight Twins" novels. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
Mitchard knows exactly how to write captivating, slightly melodramatic stories, and here is another one, with certain YA appeal. It is the start of a series about twin girls with psychic connections, Mallory and Meredith (Mally and Merry). They were born at midnight; Merry first, and Mally minutes later, but in the next year—hence the "midnight twins." They now, at 13, are leading quite different lives—Merry, a cheerleader, tries to be popular, and has a crush on her friend's older brother David; Mally is more introspective, a soccer player, with at least one close friend, Drew, who is an older neighbor who understands her. That is the set up. The plot is riveting as the twins start having disturbing dreams and strange visions, foretelling danger, even death. The visions pull the twins together again; no one but their grandmother understands what haunts them because the visions have appeared to generations of women in their family, originating with their Native American ancestors. The pressure grows. A fire nearly kills them all. David, the boy Merry has a crush on, is revealed to be violent, a rapist. And David is the son of the twins' mother's best friend! When he comes after Merry, to kill her, the suspense is horrifying. The age of the twins shouldn't be a deterrent to older YAs since Merry and Mally are so different, so intelligent, and the plot is challenging, with many characters, including older teenagers and adults, essential to the story. This series will be a success. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
Meredith and Mallory Brynn are mirror identical preteens born on either side of New Year's Eve. The inseparable girls communicate through a secret language. They share dreams and second sight but never clothes. On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, the girls are injured in an arson fire, scarring the hand of Meredith, thus severing their shared dreams. Now Mallory sees into the future whereas Meredith's visions are in the past. Together the girls realize that Meredith's crush, high schooler David, who is the son of their mother's best friend, is a demented psychopath who is spinning out of control. The twins are torn between fear of David and the paralyzing reality that their posse of grownups-save for Granny Gwenny who also shared the sight with her own twin sister-might as easily have them committed to a mental hospital as take their wild charges seriously if they tell. Mally and Merry choose instead to endanger themselves in their attempts to stop David, who has progressed to torturing animals and killing teen girls. This novel is not great literature, but Mitchard knows how to build tension. She has climbed with considerable agility into the lives and lingo of teen girls, thus providing, in this first of a projected series, a less creepy antidote to V. C. Andrews. Reviewer: Beth E. Andersen
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

This is the first title (Razorbill, 2008) in a projected trilogy by Jacquelyn Mitchard about Meredith and Mallory, 13-year-old twins with extraordinary powers who discover that evil is residing in their own community and must decide how to fight it without revealing their powers. The girls are polar opposites in temperament and interests: Meredith is outgoing, popular, and a cheerleader, while Mallory is a quiet, introspective loner. After a disastrous fire in their town, Mallory can see into the past while Meredith can see the future. But can they harness this power to save their community? Emily Durante captures their initial innocence and then their growing confusion, frustration, and angst as outside forces seem to take over their lives, driving them apart. She passionately verbalizes Meredith's obsessions, subtly voices Mallory's bewilderment concerning what is happening to her and those around her. She slows the pace to describe feelings such as "power paired with grief" and quickens it as the villain continues to threaten the girls and their town. The calmness of their mother's voice accentuates the girl's tension and growing terror. While the story has a few loose ends, Durante's masterful reading makes them seem inconsequential. A captivating audiobook.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC

Kirkus Reviews
A shamelessly manipulative chicklet-lit-cum-horror tale, first in a trilogy, from the famed author of the Oprah pick The Deep End of the Ocean (1996). In the New York State town of Ridgeline, where their families have lived for generations, the twins Mallory and Meredith were born on the opposite sides of midnight one New Year's Eve. On the New Year's Eve of their 13th birthdays, an arson fire injures both girls so badly that they no longer share their dreams or hear each other's thoughts. One twin gets terrifying glimpses of the future, the other of the past, in their world of soccer and cheerleading and pizzas at the mall. When an older boy tortures animals and almost rapes a girl, what the twins see-and do not see-twists their lives and leads to an absolutely predictable climax. Many cliches, cardboard characters and the hoary tropes of grandmotherly wisdom and benevolent female ancestors close but do not end the tale. Will teens eat it up? Possibly. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101158883
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 359,437
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 199 KB

Meet the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard
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.

Biography

"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 November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

    Meredith and Mallory are identical twins born on either side of midnight, one at 11:59pm and the other at 12:01am. <BR/><BR/>It's now thirteen years later and the girls are best friends, but they have completely different interests. Also, like many identical twins, they can often read each others minds and feel what the other is feeling. But their twin senses are a lot stronger than most twins. They also have the exact same dreams. <BR/><BR/>Up until one New Year's Eve when a fire breaks out at the house where they are babysitting their cousins, and the twins almost die. Someone purposely started the fire, and the twins have a pretty good idea of who that someone is. <BR/><BR/>After the fire, Mallory starts seeing strange images and scenes in her head involving David, the guy that they believe started the fire. These scenes are so strange, but Mallory believes that they are actually going to happen. But Meredith isn't seeing the same things or even having the same dreams anymore. Instead, she is seeing scenes involving David that are less creepy. <BR/><BR/>Over the next few months, what Mallory keeps seeing starts getting more disturbing, like what seems to be David almost raping a girl. She even starts having blackouts after seeing the frightening images. She tells Meredith that they need to confront David, but her sister isn't too sure about the idea. Will confronting David help the disturbing scenes to finally stop, or will they continue on forever? <BR/><BR/>This was a good book that I really enjoyed. Mallory and Meredith were great characters and it was fun to read a story about identical twins. The storyline was really great and the ending was a bit surprising to me. Parts in the middle were a bit confusing, but it could have just been me. <BR/><BR/>THE MIDNIGHT TWINS was overall a pretty good book and I hope that Ms. Mitchard writes a follow-up. I'd love to see what happens to Mallory and Meredith after the ending of this book. I'd recommend this one to anyone who likes reading either about twins or who loves the paranormal and mysteries.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    WOW

    I really really loved this book. I finished it in a week and was upset it was over. I thought this book kept you at the edge of your seat and I recomend it for everyone looking for a good book. The plot was thrilling. You are making a GREAT dicission when buying this book. But that's just my opinion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    boring

    Wow and not in a good way. This book I thought has unremarkable characters, a forgettable storyline, and it was just plain boring. Now I read a lot and I think that I know a good book when I read one and this one just didn¿t do it for me. I thought that it sounded good but by the end I was begging for it to be over and done with. Normally I get really into my books and I find something that I can relate to with all the characters and I just couldn¿t get into it. I recommend this book to immature readers who think that every book is perfect and good.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

    Great new young adult series!

    Meredith and Mallory Brynn are thirteen year old identical mirror twins. They've always led a rather charmed life up until they're caught up in a house fire. They manage to survive, but after the fire, they discover that Meredith has the ability to see into the past while Mallory has the ability to see into the future. Thanks to their gifts, they soon discover that someone in the neighborhood isn't at all what he seems. Will they be able to save the town from danger without everyone thinking that they're crazy?<BR/><BR/>I really enjoyed this book. I have identical mirror twins of my own, so the characters of Merry and Mally really appealled to me. I think Ms. Mitchard did a great job of capturing the closeness of identical twins. The book was a fast read and it held my attention throughout. The ending of the book was a good setup for the next in the series which I'm looking forward to. I would definitely recommend the book to fans of the young adult genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    A Whirlwind

    Mallory and Meredith's story was jaw clenching, teeth grinding, muscles clenched-waiting for what will happen next-good! Can't wait for the next two in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    this book rocks

    it took me 2 hours to read this book.i can't wait for the next one to come out.it is so gripping and i feel like i am there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Fantastic

    This was a fantastic book I have read both the first and the second book. I can't wait to read the third.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    Meredith and Mallory are mirror twins born on either side of mid

    Meredith and Mallory are mirror twins born on either side of midnight on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. They also happen to have magical powers. Sounds interesting, right?

    The problem? Well, the story gets confusing when within a dialog the names change from Mallory to Mally to Mal (all the same person). At the beginning I couldn't make sense of Meredith - Merry - Mer but then I figured they were all the same twin.

    I got fed up with having to keep up with the names and the names of the other characters as well.
    I was really enjoying the book at the beginning but when I started to get mixed up with the nicknames I lost interest and put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    OMG

    I have read all 3 books and LOVED them all. COULDNT PUT IT DOWN! Loved the storyline although it is not really appropriate for younger kids. I would maybe say 7th grade and up. But thats just my opinon. I also liked how the story quickly progress and doest get to boring. But that can also confuse people and be hard to understand.But overal really GREAT books! I loved them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!

    Book maybe for 5th and up. Great, and touching book. Love it reccommended by me and Grayson.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    I liked this :]

    I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were fun and easy to get to know. They weren't typical stereotypes. Plus, I'm an Identical twin, so I like reading things about twins and how authors perceive them. Well done to this book! I would have liked to have seen more with the visions...and more with the relationship issue among the girls, but overall, wellllll done. Great easy read. One day snowed inside my house and it was read. Easy, quick, enjoyable.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    One if the BEST books I have ever read

    At first i didnt have high hopes for this book when i got.but then i read it and i was like"Oh my God! this is so great!" It was a breath of fresh air for me, no dark romance or vampires or werewolf, it wasnt a spinoff of twilight like a lot of books are. i really liked the characters and the twins were so interesting because even if they were nothing alike yet the were as close as two people could be. it was totally oringal.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Life

    This really is all about life. I know some people disagree but it shows that you can't trust anyone when stuff starts going on in or near your nieghbrohod. Not even your twin if you are one and you mom dad or the preson your sister is crushing on. The only people you can trust is your self heck maybe not even your self. Read this if you want to see what i mean and how this relates to life.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Disappointed

    I have to say that I was highly anticipating this book. I even brought the second one before I started reading the first one simply because everyone told me how great this book was.

    Well, I'm sorry to say that I do not agree. I found the authors writing style to be that of an amutuar making it difficult for me to get into the story. The characters are pretty basic although the storyline holds great potential. I stopped reading halfway through and do not plan on finishing this book. I'm also a little preturbed that I wasted the money to buy the second one.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    amazing book

    this book was remarkable i would recomend this book to any one i cant wate to read the second one but i am almost positive it will turn out ether more or just as amazing as the first one this might make me sound nuts but the words i used to discribe this book discribe only a little bit of how googl this book is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Great book

    This is the first book in a series about the Midnight Twins. It is a great book for adults and other students alike.

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