A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Jake and Lily's different viewpoints on the roles in their relationship may get readers thinking about their own siblings and which twin they agree with more. Jake and Lily also explores spiritual themes, such as eternity and finding a purpose in life.
Each twin is unique and takes a different path to learning -- and that's a fine thing. In addition, Poppy tries to instill in both his grandchildren the idea that they are all connected to everything: the stars, the earth, and each other.
Positive Role Models
Lily is impatient, short-tempered, and she complains quite a bit, but she never gives up trying to find a way to deal with what she views as Jake's betrayal of their twin bond. Jake sees himself as a more simple, straightforward thinker ("Boys don't have feelings," he tells her) and sometimes even comes across as cruel. But he eventually realizes that he cares deeply about how his actions affect others. Both twins have their wise, patient, and humorous grandpa to rely on.
Violence & Scariness
Early on, Lily gets in a fight with a boy who wrecks her snow fort. Later, Jake interrupts a fight between two boys, and Jake's friend destroys a tree house that a boy in the neighborhood is building.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jake and Lily presents a realistic view of twins struggling to establish their own individual identities. Jake's friends pretend to befriend a boy so that they can make fun of him behind his back, and later Jake's friend takes the bullying to the next level by destroying the boy's property. Lily deals with feeling abandoned by her twin and accepting that their relationship is changing, and both twins spend time talking to their grandfather about how how difficult it was for him to accept his wife's death.
Is It Any Good?
Jake and Lily have strong, distinct personalities that come across clearly on the page, and the story of their magical twin bond will intrigue many readers. Although Lily's fixation on why her relationship with her brother can't stay the same grows somewhat tiresome, it's realistic and all the more gratifying when she finally sees a way out of her doldrums. Jake's narration tends to be the more lighthearted and fun, with a thoughtful undertone that he seems unaware of. Though the story starts out short on action, it picks up toward the end, and the alternating narration and often short chapters make it a quick, entertaining read.
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