Three Black Swans

Three Black Swans

by Caroline B. Cooney

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ISBN-13: 9780385738682
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 822,410
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of many books for young people, including the bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book) and its companions, Whatever Happened to Janie? and The Voice on the Radio (each of them an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults), as well as What Janie Found; If the Witness Lied; They Never Came Back; Diamonds in the Shadow; A Friend at Midnight; Hit the Road; Code Orange; The Girl Who Invented Romance; Family Reunion; Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; Tune In Anytime; Burning Up; What Child Is This? (an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults); Driver’s Ed (an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editors’ Choice); Among Friends; Twenty Pageants Later; and the Time Travel Quartet: Both Sides of Time, Out of Time, Prisoner of Time, and For All Time, which are also available as The Time Travelers, Volumes I and II.

Caroline B. Cooney lives in South Carolina and New York.


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Three Black Swans 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This author is one of my favorites anyway, so I was expecting it to be good from the start. But this novel wasn't just good. It was intriguing. Captivating. Exciting. Creative, fast-paced writing and emotional truths make this a great story. I'm usually not a fan of mystery-like books, but the way the author tells the story ensures that you will be joined with and need this book in the same way as identical triplets would.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! "Black Swans: events that are hugely important, rare, and unpredictable, and explainable only after the fact." One day, Missy Vianello hears someone on the radio talking about babies, and she starts to wonder about her family. Missy and her cousin, Claire Linnehan, have been best friends since they were little. They choose the same type of clothing most of the time, and they can even finish each other's sentences. It's so weird to Missy that she has so many questions she wants to ask her parents, but she's afraid to ask. Not that anything could be possible anyway, since Claire is eight weeks older and Missy was always so much smaller than Claire up until a year or so ago. When Missy's biology teacher suggests that the class comes up with a sort of hoax, it leads Missy to a brilliant idea. She and Claire will get in on the morning announcements (which are done on TV for the whole school to see) and "pretend" that Missy has just found her long-lost identical twin, Claire. Of course, Claire doesn't like the idea, but she ends up going along with it. Well, it's so believable to everyone it soon ends up on YouTube for the whole world to see. Genevieve Candler goes to a completely different school and knows nothing about the video until her friend mentions it. He is so anxious for her to see it that she immediately does. A girl pops up on the screen. "That's me," Genevieve thinks. Then another girl appears and Genevieve has the same thought yet again. These girls are identical to her - but how? This book was incredible. From the very first page, I was hooked. I couldn't fathom the thought that cousins could even think about being identical twins, and then a third identical girl was introduced! The story jumps around from Missy to Claire to Genevieve and even to the three sets of parents that are involved. What really kept me hooked was not knowing who was going to be talking next and what those person's thoughts were going to be. Caroline B. Cooney has such a way with words and comes up with such great stories. No wonder she has written so many books! I would highly suggest picking up a copy of THREE BLACK SWANS. Around halfway through the book I could start to figure out what was going to happen next, but that didn't make the story any less exciting at all, and to me that is what made the tale so amazing.
Atlanta Hubbard More than 1 year ago
Unexpected twists and turns everywhere! Not your typical Cooney mystery either. One or two kind of unbelievable bits, but definitely a book I will read again!! I reccomend for anyone who likes to be surprised.
Lindsay Dunn More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because i am a twin myself and wanted to see what these triplets would do to figure out if they are related. I gave it four stars because some parts kinda lagged.
Charlene Garrett More than 1 year ago
who would ever expect that cousins were a set of tripplets and the other one they didnt know. i loved the it was kind of mysterious too. it was a amazing book and i loved every word of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for a speech... and i think this will be the first and only speech book i have finished... I love this book, and i think you should read it.
mountie9 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The Good StuffStory is fast paced with plenty of cliffhanger type momentsSome interesting ethical questions could be brought up for discussionThe three young heroines are likeable and there is some nice character developmentLiked the relationship between Genevieve and her grandmotherGood little mystery, makes you keep guessing what is actually going on I want Genevieve's grandma to be my grandmaThe Not So Good StuffStory jumps arount in terms of point of view which was very confusingOne of the main characters of the story isn't introduced till at least a quarter way through the bookBelievability is way off Genevieve's parents are horrible and not at all believable in their turn aroundMinor plots are put in that really don't need to be thereI think I am just too old for this one so please remember that when deciding wether to read or not. I'm going to pass this one on to my neighbors teenage daughter to see what she thinks Favorite Quotes/Passages"But these days, no one kept adoption a secret. If you adopted a baby, you bragged about it. "I chose you," the parents said to their adopted child. "We chose our baby girl," they proudly told other parents.""A radio sat on a sorting table. It was small and black with a long cord, and probably as old as her mother."Who Should/Shouldn't ReadThis is one I would suggest would appeal to actual YA readers (those in tween to teen ages) and not to the adult YA readerA good one for reluctant readers3 Dewey'sI received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Cooney returns to the themes of The Face on the Milk Carton with a storyline straight out of the Patty Duke Show, but this one is much inferior. Re-read the Janey books instead.
ilbooklvr on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This was entertaining, but the premise was pretty unbelievable. I enjoyed the reference to other Cooney books in this one.
lindamamak on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Cooney contines to add to her collection of great mystery story telling. When Missy decides to find out why her relationship with her cousin is so unique she opens up a whole set of incidents that changes their lives forever.
resugo on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I enjoyed the book overall. I had a hard time putting it down even though it was obvious where it was headed and I felt like it got repetitive on occasion. But the twists at the end were surprising and I liked the characters. The writing style isn't like normal contemporary writing. It feels kind of dated. This book reminded me a lot of The Face on the Milkcarton, which was a favorite when I was in middle school.
DrApple on LibraryThing 25 days ago
A black swan in the context of this novel is something unexpected that changes everything. The black swans in this instance are three teenaged girls: Missy, Claire, and Genvieve. The novel begins with Missy, who was, in my opinion, totally unlikeable. She is something of a spoiled brat. It is her self-centeredness, however, that allows for the events of the novel to take place. Before long, Cooney's trademark suspense kicks in and the reader is drawn to continue until the end of the book. Despite a far-fetched premise, this book will appeal to teenaged girls.
KarenBall on LibraryThing 25 days ago
"The future isn't a hat full of little shredded pieces of the past. It is, instead, a whirlpool of uncertainty populated by... Black Swans: events that are hugely important, rare and unpredictable, and explicable only after the fact." Missy Vianello lives in Connecticut with her family, and hangs out with her cousin Claire every weekend. Both only children, Missy and Claire are as close as sisters, and they have a strong family resemblance: same thick black hair, thin eyebrows, pointy chins and more. A science class-inspired prank leads to an internet video of the two of them together, announcing that they are identical twins, and the video goes viral. What Missy and Claire don't know is that they are both adopted, and the video causes an enormous family uproar. They don't entirely understand the depth of the family problems until Genevieve appears... and she looks exactly like Claire and Missy. Adoption, privacy, and drastic family choices that have been hidden for years surface in this drama from Greenwich's own Caroline B. Cooney. 6th grade and up
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I read like the first chapter then Started crying..... Because it was a horrible book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I am not finish with it yet but I love the way the three girls connect imideatly and how they seem so ment to meet. Also I think that how the author ties the girks lives together is amazing. I definatly recomend this book to juast about ampny one starting at ages 10-12
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Sarah Marsh More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much
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