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The Midnight Twins

The Midnight Twins

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by Jacquelyn Mitchard

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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


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.

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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Penguin Publishing Group
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The Midnight Twins Series
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5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
NC740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Madison, Wisconsin
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
B.A. in English, Rockford College, 1973

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The Midnight Twins 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Meredith and Mallory are identical twins born on either side of midnight, one at 11:59pm and the other at 12:01am.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.
Mimi52 More than 1 year ago
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.
kairilily More than 1 year ago
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?

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book I have read both the first and the second book. I can't wait to read the third.
Lectus More than 1 year ago
Meredith and Mallory are mirror twins born on either side of midnight on New Year’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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book maybe for 5th and up. Great, and touching book. Love it reccommended by me and Grayson.
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bookwormCH More than 1 year ago
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.
musicfreak37 More than 1 year ago
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.
Queen-of-the-vampires More than 1 year ago
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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Azjura More than 1 year ago
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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