Two Kids

Two Kids

by Richard Levine

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BN ID: 2940045988117
Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Richard grew up in Jericho, Long Island, and practiced Diagnostic Radiology for many years before retiring. He and his wife have two daughters.

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Two Kids 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LauraKHix More than 1 year ago
Two kids takes you on a journey through the lives of ... two kids! DC a tall lanky young teenager and Rob the short, bashful, teenager. They both meet at DC's cousins party and then don't see each other for mths, then all of a sudden DC shows up at Rob's school. They finally bump into each other and realize, yes they do know each other, and a friendship blossoms, Facing their own tragedy in their own lives, and dealing with new normals, that friendship is kindling into a budding romance. This book is very good for preteens and teenagers. Or even old folks ;like me. I fell in love with their characters, they were fully developed and very defined, so you had no problems following the book It told from each tweens point of view. That was a very interesting way of writing the book for me, and one I have never really read before. I loved that part of the writing. Levine does a fantastic job in giving this age group a book that may go in a read over pile! I know I will read it again. I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Two Kids by Richard Levine revolves around two kids, Rob and DC, and their friendship which begins one summer's day. DC lives with her parents and younger brother, and Rob lives with his parents and little sister. As their friendship blossoms and they get to know each other more, readers get to see a lot of carnivals, parties, school dances, dates and field trips in this story. Tragedy strikes when a plane crashes into DC's house and they lose her younger brother Tommy. Rob also goes through a bad time when his father has a massive heart attack. The story sees these two friends trying to cope with the tragedies in their lives and still maintaining their friendship even after DC moves away. Along with the fun part, the story also sees grief, hardship, tragedy and many other incidents in the lives of these two teens. The story is tangible and so is the friendship. Children can relate to Rob and DC as the book showcases the teen years, the crushes, the awkwardness and the special moments shared between the two main characters. The scenes are described well and all the characters and scenes come alive. The story has its fun moments as well as the serious ones. This nice story of friendship deals with what all teenagers go through while growing up; crushes, friendships, and many a time trying to cope with their personal problems at home. Readers will definitely find some character in the story that they can relate to.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This book will make the hot list for many teens. It's story plot is an easy read but yet holds a realistic scenes. The things that these two face in their own personal lives as they build their friendship is remarkable. They go through quit a bit. The author's skill are amazing! I strongly recommend any and all ages to read this book! *Received for an honest review*
TKSayers More than 1 year ago
Two Kids covers a year in the lives of Rob and D.C., two twelve-year-olds who meet at a summertime birthday party. As a former extra-tall 12-year-old girl myself, I related to the main female character, D.C. (although I was all gawky, with none of D.C.'s athleticism or confidence). D.C. also experiences a tragedy in her life midway through the story that my family also experienced, and it's the details like these that drew me into the story. This book reminds me a fair bit of one of my favorite children's books, Bridge to Terabithia – Rob and D.C. have vivid imaginations and create their own fantastic stories and make-believe games, yet there's also real-world personal tragedies that the kids must deal with. But the friendship between the two kids is strong, and this story shows how those friendships formed during that awkward heading-into-puberty time can turn into strong lifelong bonds. The story was a lot longer than I expected it to be – I don't really look at page numbers with ebooks, I read enough that I usually know about how long a book will take me (depending on the target audience – adult, YA, middle grade, etc.). I expected this one to be about half the actual length given the target audience. That's neither a negative nor a positive, though. However, I do feel that a more imaginative title would have improved the book as a whole – I think the simplistic title also led me to believe that this would be a shorter, simpler book (with less tragedy and more of the fun parts of a coming-of-age story). Likewise, the cover art – I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover. But we all do, and my expectations based on the title and the cover didn't match up with the actual contents of the book. I received an ecopy of this book for my honest review; all opinions are my own.
Desafio More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book. When I read I like to read books that at least will have a happy ending. I am not going to spoil it, but these kids went through so much loss, that at the end you would think something happy will happen, but no just more loss. The friendship the two characters forge was great, especially during those awkward years of adolescence. I haven’t lost that many people in my life so I can say I can’t relate, but I will not recommended this book to anyone where there is no hope at the end.
reignbough1973 More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be well-written and the two main characters, Rob and D.C. described in good detail. As these two tweens navigate their way through life, with all its trials, tribulations, and good parts too, they are also finding their way through getting to know each other, as well. I enjoyed reading the book and have passed it off to my 12-year-old daughter to read. She is enjoying it very much. This story is a great read for tweens as it is interesting without being written above their experience level. I would recommend it to any parents who are looking for books to encourage their children to read without worrying about negative or inappropriate content. Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
1booknut More than 1 year ago
Two Kids BY Richard Levine Two Kids is a great coming of age book. We follow DC who is tall for her age and feels out of place because of it. She meets Rob, who is a shy young man, at her cousins birthday party. The two of them hit it off and become friends. They loose touch after the party but Rob is happy to see DC when he starts school in September as she has moved to the area and is now in his school. The book follows these Two Kids on different adventures from flying, breaking hearts, to having smelly birds poop on them. But tragedy strikes. Will the two of them be able to learn something and move on with their lives? In order to find out you will have to read the book. I received a free copy of the book from Mother Daughter Book Review in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started this I thought this was showcasing two kids one girl one boy in their pre-teen years, with the typical problems they have. D.C was tall (very) than most and super skinny so this made her stand out and when your young that's not always a goo thing. Then there Is Rob he is shy and has a hard time talking to girls. They meet one night at D.C.'s cousins party hitting it off right away. Discovering they would see each other again soon both were excited. Over the summer the pre-teens had yet to meet again, each having to deal with major life changing for one problems. Finally when school starts back they meet up and start where they leave off from the party building a friendship/relationship. Again tragedy strikes D.C. and this time will alter her and her families life. At the end each will learn something and move on with their lives but never forgetting. This to me had so many lessons! The life of a young adult is hard so many new things happening within their own bodies and at the age where they can understand tragedy . One lesson is that one minute everything is find and then disaster hits and ruins it all. All in all a great book with great characters and one interesting storyline!
somi19ad More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review: Overall I really enjoyed this book. Two Kids is an easy to read, engaging young adult book. Two Kids is about two tweens of the opposite sex who face many of the challenges all young tweens go through. Friendships, moving, family, grief to name of few. This book could actually be the beginning of a series taking these two kids through their school years. Tweens will find this book a pleasure to read.
Sylleigh More than 1 year ago
I feel extremely bad about posting this review and wish I didn't have to. I was given a copy of Two Kids in exchange for an honest review, so I am under an obligation.. I feel like I should apologize to the writer as I can tell that he clearly wrote this book from a place of love. Anyway, I have put this off as long as I can..  I wish I could say that I enjoyed Two Kids, but I really didn't. I had to read it in small doses in part due to the writing style. At times it felt like a rather long babble. Yes, children tend to babble. (I babble!) For example: It took several pages to describe a baseball scene. I know it was an attempt to bring the scene to life visually. I suppose it did that. But I found myself doing that thing where you speed read and think "yadda yadda yadda" in your head until you see you are at the end of the thought and something new is happening. It wasn't just a one time thing, it was fairly normal.  My true dislike comes from the continuing theme of loss. While I LOVED the friendship between Rob and D.C.,  the repeated theme of loss was too much for me. *SPOILER* OMG! Even the friendship was lost at the end when D.C. moved away!!!!! Maybe if there had been a true epilogue other than Rob's day dream of seeing her again... It was just too sad. These kids lost too many people.. over and over and over. I felt like the theme it was trying to show was that friendship and having someone else there to help you cope was something special. But then for that to be lost as well. No. *stomps foot* Just NO.  I come from a family of loss. I have lost several friends, relatives and a parent. I can relate to what these children  experienced. I honestly feel like the repeated loss and ending didn't leave the reader with a feeling of hope for  the future or strength. Just MORE loss. :( Missed opportunity on the writer's part to make this something amazing.  My final decision to give in and be 100% honest with my review vs sugar coating it came from asking myself one question. "Will I recommend this book to my best friend for his two children?" No. In fact, if he asked.. I would have to tell him to leave it on the shelf. I wouldn't have it in my heart to set his kids up to care about these two characters only to experience their losses and pain.. without a sense of hope and happiness at the end.  And.. BTW.. what the heck IS D.C.'s name?? *grr*
KevinGerard More than 1 year ago
Two Kids is a fun, easy read, definitely something kids would enjoy (and I'm a BIG 57 year old kid). Levine gave me a genuine love for Rob and D.C., the two tween main characters who are best buddies but are coming of age as well. Their friendship is slowly stepping toward the next level, but neither of them seem to be in a hurry. D.C. is bursting with attitude, while Rob is the more laid back of the two. Rob has a sister, Mattie, who drives him nuts (didn't we all have a younger sibling like that), and D.C., if I remember correctly, has a younger brother named Tommy. Hands down, the best part of this book is the imagery created by Levine. If an author can lose themselves in a scene, magic happens. This certainly occurred during the fast pitch softball game between the Long Island Lightning (D.C. is the pitcher) and the Island Breeze, which seems to have a line-up similar to the old "murderer's row" in the New York Yankees of old. For me it seemed I was listening to the game on a radio, that's how powerfully Levine scripted the scene. Another fantastic piece of prose occurs on a fishing trip. Someone's grandfather falls overboard, his son dives in to save him, and Rob follows him over the rail. The struggle to bring the man to the surface and the description of the freezing water really put me right there with them. My only criticism lay in the chapter by chapter (or even within chapters) switch from D.C. to Rob and back. Levine handles the point of view changes well, but after a while the style repetition began to wear on me. All in all, though, Two Kids is a fun book that tweens will relate to. We've all gone through D.C. and Rob's trials and triumphs, so anyone can relate to their adventures, relationship, and the emotional turmoil of growing up. I recommend this book to girls and boys of all ages (even 57). I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Kevin Gerard - Award winning author of the Diego's Dragon middle grade fantasy series.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
A fun and touching, story in the lives of two twelve year old youth, Two Kids will appeal to any youth, especially those who have experienced personal tragedy, first crush, new friendship, sibling banter, etc.   While successfully capturing the reader's interest, the author peruses a year filled with daily activities, conflicts and trials of life in the two youth and their families. The reader's interest is maintained throughout the book. Characters were developed so well, they felt real! The background situations were portrayed well and easily visualized. While the book cover depicted the story content well, the title lacks viewer appeal. There are a few crude phrases many parents will not approve of. My Review of this book offers a Four and a Half Stars rating. *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.
AshleyH42 More than 1 year ago
This is a book with a difference. It is written from the point of view of two different kids. One little sister also has a few spots where her versions can be read. This makes the story interesting. Certainly the characters are warm, likable and realistic. Teenagers who experience grief, love and every other emotion that affect their lives. For kids who like to read about other kids and who could relate to pain and suffering this would be a great book. At times it moves slowly and there is not a lot of action - which is great for some readers, but others prefer more adventure.
TheWriterFrelisaW More than 1 year ago
Two Kids has been a wonderful read. Without giving away too much of the plot, the story goes through episodes in the lives of Rob and D.C. They reveal their emotional struggles. I recommend Two Kids. It is a witty and thoughtful written book that engaged me as a reader. The characters are believable, the good and the bad.
CatMIchaels More than 1 year ago
Author Richard Levine introduces us to tween angst, friendship and loss in his tale of friendship between tall, gawky DC Blau and shy Rob Cameron, who meet and become pals at a birthday party one summer in a Long Island town. Levine’s book follows their blossoming friendship during a yearlong period and introduces us to their families, neighborhood, and school. The narrative ping-pongs between the two protagonists in their first-person voices, so readers understand both views of the same situation. This technique allows readers to truly get into the minds of this tween boy and girl. The back-and-forth arc flows through most chapters and is generally effective. I was confused initially when the author added first-person views from other characters, but I understood as the book progressed (no spoiler given!). The author’s narrative is strongest during internal monologues. Rob’s recounting of a family vacation to Carolina’s Outer Banks is a moving, sweet tribute to his father. Likewise, his projection of a what-if future speaks volumes to adults and young readers about optimism and perseverance. One of my favorite vignettes involves Rob’s unique way of helping a cash-strapped family remember their trip to Disney World as he also uncovers the depth of his father’s commitment to their town. Levine brings a rich sense of place to his Long Island Sound setting, inserting kid-friendly escapades on the water and snippets of life in this close-knit community. He also supplies enough action to keep tweens interested: baseball games, fishing trips, first dates and kisses, and family tragedies. The book would be stronger if it eliminated most of its clichés, nicknames, and acronymns. These devices were often confusing and difficult to understand, especially beyond a certain age and outside a USA culture. I don’t believe kids would understand or appreciate many of them: "Wouldn’t want to meet a mamba, ’cause if an African mamba gets you, it’s as the man from Odd says, “'Say good night, Gracie.'” Recommendation: Two Kids provides upper-elementary and middle-school readers with relatable characters and a plot into which they can sink their teeth. Be aware: since "Two Kids" deals with death, sensitive young readers who recently experienced a loss may be disturbed by elements of the book. Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
JaneRitz More than 1 year ago
Two Kids is a good book about friendship, relationships and family. D.C. and Rob become friends.D.C. lives with her parents and younger  brother Tommy. Rob lives with his parents and little sister Mattie. During the summer, Rob's dad has a fatal heart attack,leaving him to  deal with those feelings. He meets D.C. again after school starts. They become the best of friends. Reading about the ordinary  happenings of these two 12 year- olds and their siblings is a joy. Tragedy sticks in two ways for D.C. and Rob. A plane crashes into D.C.'s parents house. Rob is able to rescue D.C. but not Tommy. D.C.'s parents move away.  Rob and D.C. stay in touch writing letters. Their "what if" letters are very touching. It leaves room for another book!