Almost Identical

Lin Oliver. Grosset & Dunlap, $15.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-448-45191-6
Oliver, coauthor of the Hank Zipzer series, presents a thoughtful coming-of-age tale about identical twins. Twelve-year-olds Sammie and Charlie Diamond are about to start at a new middle school in Los Angeles, where their father is working at a private beach and tennis club. Despite being twins, Charlie and Sammie are opposites: “chubby” and self-conscious Sammie wants to join Truth Tellers, a school group that encourages self-discovery, while Charlie is slim, confident, and drawn to the cool kids, led by Lauren Wadsworth, “the most perfect, most popular, most everything girl at Beachside Middle School.” Meanwhile, Charlie and Sammie’s father envisions the girls becoming the next Venus and Serena Williams, adding to the growing gap between them. Sammie narrates this series kickoff with humor and candor (her anxieties about her weight, amplified by comments made by friends and family, are particularly affecting), as she makes a new friend and regains her confidence. It’s an enjoyable and emotionally honest story of social pressures and learning to be comfortable in one’s own skin. Readers get to hear from Charlie in Two-Faced, available simultaneously. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/13/2012
Release date: 09/27/2012
Show other formats
FORMATS
Prebound-Glued - 217 pages - 978-0-606-34146-2
Open Ebook - 224 pages - 978-1-101-56714-2
Hardcover - 217 pages - 978-0-448-45865-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.