Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to shine the spotlight on “THE TROUBLE WITH TWINS” (on sale 8/9/16), the delightful middle-grade debut novel by Kathryn Siebel. Roald Dahl meets Lemony Snicket in this darkly comic novel about two sisters who learn they are each others’ most important friend.
About the Book
Title: The Trouble With Twins | Author: Kathryn Siebel | Illustrator: Júlia Sardà | Publication Date: August 9, 2016 | Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | Pages: 256 | Recommended Ages: 8-12
Imagine two twin sisters, Arabella and Henrietta—nearly identical yet with nothing in common. They’re the best of friends . . . until one day they aren’t. Plain and quiet Henrietta has a secret plan to settle the score, and she does something outrageous and she can’t take it back.
When the deed is discovered, Henrietta is quickly banished—sent to live with her eccentric great-aunt Priscilla on Chillington Lane, where black cats roam the dark rooms and tonight’s menu is fish-head stew! Suddenly life with pretty, popular Arabella doesn’t seem so awful.
And, though she’s been grievously wronged, Arabella longs for her sister, too. So she hatches a plan of her own and embarks on an unexpected journey to reunite with her other half.
The Trouble with Twins is an adventure and a comedy—a tale of the power of unlikely friendships, the bond between sisters . . . and the way a bit of mischief sometimes sets everything right.
The Buzz About the Book
“If Lemony Snicket penned a story on twins it might be similar to this debut novel about the intriguing relationship between Arabella and Henrietta.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Sardà’s angular, Gorey-esque spot illustrations capitalize on the story’s gothic atmosphere, a promising debut for Siebel.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“[A] nice throwback to older fashioned kid’s [sic] books with a nice whimsy to the whole story.”—Smudge, Goodreads
About the Author: Kathryn Siebel
KATHRYN SIEBEL teaches Humanities at Billings Middle School in Seattle and works with elementary school students at the Greenlake School Age Care Program. She has worked in educational publishing and as an English teacher and librarian and has a MFA from the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. This is her first novel.