The Trouble with Twins by Kathryn Siebel
• August 9, 2016 • Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
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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.
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First sentence: “And so it begins in front of the fire, the story of two twin sisters.”
Identical, but opposites, that’s the type of twins Arabella and Henrietta are. While Arabella’s pretty, loved more, and is a social butterfly with a lot of friends, Henrietta’s not as pretty, ignored more, and is a loner who doesn’t have friends. Arabella is the “good” child, and Henrietta is the “bad” child by their parents. Because Henrietta has been treated awfully, she does something that sets all the craziness in The Trouble with Twins in motion.
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