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Runaway Twin

Runaway Twin

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by Peg Kehret

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A unique story of separated twins and the unexpected consequences of their reunion.

Sunny Skyland longs to be reunited with her twin sister, Starr. With only an old photograph, taken a few days before the girls were separated at age three, to guide her, Sunny begins the cross-country journey that she has dreamed of during her ten years in various foster homes.


A unique story of separated twins and the unexpected consequences of their reunion.

Sunny Skyland longs to be reunited with her twin sister, Starr. With only an old photograph, taken a few days before the girls were separated at age three, to guide her, Sunny begins the cross-country journey that she has dreamed of during her ten years in various foster homes. Sunny manages to locate her twin, only to be faced with a whole new challenge.

Award-winning author Peg Kehret combines suspense and action with reflections on the true meaning of family as Sunny learns that sometimes we must let go of our dreams in order to embrace a different, better future.

Editorial Reviews

[T]he easy first person narrative and consistent action will engage struggling readers.
VOYA - Florence H. Munat
Separated from her twin sister, Starr, when they were three-year-old orphans in Washington state, Sunny Skyland spends the next ten years bouncing around foster homes in Nebraska. Her current foster mother has provided her a good home, but Rita has strict food rules that rankle the thirteen-year-old. When Sunny finds a bag containing $820 in a vacant lot, she decides to use the cash to return to Washington and find her twin. Without telling Rita, Sunny boards a bus and begins the long trek. When the bus makes a restaurant stop in a small town, Sunny discovers a stray dog begging for food. Feeling alone herself, Sunny identifies with Snickers—as she dubs the mixed-breed—and dog and girl bond. Buses don't allow dogs, though, so Sunny and Snickers begin their journey on foot. Many adventures ensue, including a hurricane, an encounter with two bullies who try to steal her backpack, and enlisting a friendly cabdriver to drive them four hours closer to Washington. When Sunny and Snickers reach her former hometown, she finds her twin (a bit too deus ex machina), but their reunion is nothing like Sunny imagined. The writing is smooth and flows from incident to incident with good cliffhanger chapter endings. The book offers insights into the subjects of foster homes, bullying, friendship, self-confidence, and personal responsibility. A few aspects of the plot seem contrived, but overall the story is appealing and lively. Dog lovers will enjoy the relationship between Snickers and Sunny. Reviewer: Florence H. Munat
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Thirteen-year-old Sunny Skyland has had anything but a sunny life. Orphaned at age three, and separated from her twin sister, Starr, she is now living in her seventh foster home. Her new foster mother, Rita, is kind and loving (except for her mildly irritating refusal to allow Sunny to eat her favorite junk foods), but more than anything, Sunny longs to be reunited with Starr. So when Sunny happens upon an abandoned satchel filled with cash, she sets off on a journey across the country from Nebraska to Oregon to see if she can find the house portrayed in her one surviving photo (taken a decade ago) of the two little girls. Kehret knows how to spin an affecting and engrossing story: right away Sunny meets up with an abandoned, aging dog to be her companion, protector, but also burden (her transportation plans foiled by bus company policies against dogs); she is also menaced by thugs and, for good measure, survives a tornado, as well. Characterizations and plot developments in the last third of the book are exaggerated and implausible, but this really does not matter, for by this point readers will be rooting hard for Sunny and her dog, Snickers, and eager for Sunny to learn the predictable but nonetheless satisfying lesson of what it truly means to be a family. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Sunny Skyland has missed her twin sister ever since they were separated at age three after their mother and grandmother were killed in an automobile accident. Sunny has kept her memories of Starr alive over the past decade and in seven foster homes. Then, the discovery of a canvas bag containing $800, with no claimant, spurs Sunny to travel from Nebraska to her old neighborhood in Enumclaw, WA. Sunny is an experienced runaway who plans carefully and tells no one. She boards a bus for the first leg of her journey but then complicates her life by adopting a stray dog. Her trip is thwarted by a group of teenage boys, and she survives a tornado. She does reach her destination, but not with the expected ending. At times the plot twists, although possible, are improbable. Nonetheless, Sunny is a compelling and resourceful character whose adventures will keep readers turning the pages to see how things turn out.—Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A runaway teen travels from Nebraska to Washington searching for the twin sister she's been separated from for ten years. Haunted by memories of her sister, 13-year-old Sunny decides it's time to start looking when she stumbles upon an abandoned bag of money. A veteran of seven foster-care placements, Sunny doesn't want to leave her current home with Rita, who gives her space, makes her laugh and lets her choose clothes, books and music. Propelled by her dream of finding her sister, though, Sunny carefully escapes by bus, but she isn't prepared for the homeless dog, the bullies or the tornado she encounters en route. Nor is she prepared for what her search reveals. Narrating her tale in a realistic voice, Sunny explains she's not a bad girl. As she crosses the country alone, she's resilient in the face of danger, honest when temptation calls and pragmatic when she realizes Rita may be the family she needs. Although Sunny's resourcefulness and maturity stretch credibility, her dogged determination will inspire. (Fiction. 10-14)
From the Publisher
"Sunny is compelling and resourceful character whose adventures will keep readers turning the pages to see how things turn out." -School Library Journal

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"Sunny is compelling and resourceful character whose adventures will keep readers turning the pages to see how things turn out." -School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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Runaway Twin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read RUNAWAY TWIN and i could not get my eyes off it. i read it in three days. that book would have taking me about a week to finish if it was boring.But it was not i like reading PEG KEHRET'S BOOKS.I already read three and this one is the best yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havnt bought it on my nook, but i got it from the library once. AMAZING!!!!!!! Sunny leaves her foster parent to see her long lost sister, she has troubles on the way, even a tornado! But when she gets to her sister, is it really what she wanted? In the end Sunny finds what real family means, no matter who it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book a million times... absolutely l.o.v.e. it!!! Highly reccomend it to all! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever and i mean it it is sad at some parts but its a vary good book it made me cry at times but in a good way cuzz i love animals and when some thing bad happens i tend to cry but over all its a must read for every one no matter what the age plz get this book u will not regret it i promis u!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How is there only 3 peg kehret books on here?? Please get more i love her books!! Click yes if you agree!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book finished in,t in about 4 or 5 days really loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVVVEEE THISS BOOK!!!!!!! I love this artist. i love the charaters & the drama. its awesome. i recomened this to anyone who doesnot like to read. you will probably enjoy it. its awesome i love the twists and turs the book has. I WISH THEY WOULD MAKE A SERIES ABOUT HER. sunny is awesomeand great character. AWESOM AWESOME BOOK I LOVE IT :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ive ever read! I would definetly recommend this to somebody else! Or everybody!
HestineeRainbowGold More than 1 year ago
Runaway Twin by Peg Kerhet, is about a teen named Sunny who has been bounced around in many foster homes. She now lives with Rita in Nebraska. Sunny was separated with her twin sister Starr when they were three. Sunny is determined to find her. So after a walk in the park she comes across a lot of money. After nobody claimed since she reported it missing, Sunny decides to find Starr. This book goes through all the problems Sunny faces to see her sister again. When she finally does get to her sister, it isn’t what she was expecting. This is an exciting and amusing book. Every time you turn a page, you just can’t seem to put it down. Sunny is a very determined girl. I loved the way she wouldn’t take no for an answer. It also really shocked me at the end when Sunny found Starr. This book is about family and being grateful for what you have. Sunny didn’t like her life. She wanted the one with her sister in it. By the end, Sunny was faced with reality and learned that her life with her sister was a fantasy and that she was lucky to have someone like Rita who loves her. I recommend this book for ages between eleven through fifteen. I think viewers any younger would possibly get confused and would not be sure what was going on. Older viewers would get bored and find it not interesting. That may not be the case but that is just my opinion. I’m thirteen and I liked it. I do recommend this to anyone who loves reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havw only read the sample and its already amazing. There is a reason that Stolen Children won the Maud Hardt Lovelace award this school year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay this was such a good book!!! I read it in one day!! Peg is a wonderful writer. You should read....... stolen children and abducted which are also by her!
ninjakitty101 More than 1 year ago
this book is for people of all ages even adults i recomend this book becaues of its story. runaway twin is about a young girl and her stray dog,snickers, anmd their journy to find sunny's twin sister, star, and all of the good and the bad things that happen to them thou out the journy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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This is my favokrite book eva!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing book ever! I recommend it for all ages it is a short 197 pages of pack full nervousness and internsity!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named sunny amd she trys to find her twin sister and she meets a lot of challenges along the way. I really liked this book and you are in for a surprise!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books i have ever read. Most books start off boring but this one starts off fun! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read it to my class last year and i loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a teacher and still love to read books ages 8-12 and young adult. Peg Kehret adds a lot to all of her books that really hook kids into reading. As an adult I like the way she weaves life lessons into her writing. Makes for lots of discussion with older children. Barnes and Noble should carry all of her books all of the time and promote them! In the last few months you have maybe one or two on your store shelves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book!! Highly recomended!!!!(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jk..... sorry just wanted to catch your attention. So i read another book that is not on the NOOK( look i just made a ryhm!) By peg kehret called stolen children. It is the best book ever so much adventure. A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried a little at the end but i loved it and i loved the middle the best. I <3 it i found true love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the best book ever its so so so so great!!!!