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Tangled web
Hrdlitschka, Shelley, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Victoria, BC.: Orca Book Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
240 pages ; 19 cm
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 9.0 40420.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 15 Quiz: 23391 Guided reading level: NR.
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Separated at birth and only reunited through circumstance and a savage crime, fifteen-year-old twins Alex and Tanner are slowly getting to know each other and becoming accustomed to the idea of being brothers, albeit brothers with barely controllable psychic abilities. While spending their summer vacation together, they find that their past has resurfaced and they are in danger--again! The boys concoct a daring plan to save themselves and bring down the threatening criminal gang at the same time. Coupled with the danger posed by lurking strangers and threatening phone calls, the boys are at odds over whether to search for their birth parents. While Tanner is determined to find his birth mother and extract the truth behind their adoption and the reason for their separation, Alex is just as content to not rock the family boat. First introduced in Disconnected (Orca 1998), Alex and Tanner learn that while blood ties are important, the connections we develop through daily interaction are just as crucial, especially when the going gets tough.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. In this fast-paced sequel to Disconnected (1999), Hrdlitschka maintains plot momentum and adds some satisfying new complications for 15-year-old telepathic twins, Alex and Tanner. This time, three story lines converge. While secretly tracking their birth mother and volunteering for a psychological study on twins separated at birth, the boys once again fall victim to Hap, the kidnapper from the previous book, now out of prison and seeking revenge. Characters are sketchy, but there's some nice light suspense, and the short, dialogue-driven chapters introduce several unusual people, including Hap's drug-addicted sidekick and a suspicious research scientist. Although a few intriguing revelations about the twins' birth bring partial answers to the questions about their past, the final chapter introduces a new twist, suggesting a sequel. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-A sequel to Disconnected (Orca, 1999), this novel brings back telepathic twins, separated at birth. Reunited in the first book as a result of a mistaken-identity kidnapping, the 14-year-old siblings are eager to spend more time together. During a summer visit with Alex and his family, Tanner wants to search for their birth mother, but his brother does not. Alex then begins to receive threatening messages, and it becomes clear that their kidnapper, out on bail, wants to make sure that they do not testify against him. The twins decide to take matters into their own hands, putting them in harm's way. Exciting and fast moving, the action will keep readers engaged. Hrdlitschka resolves the adoption subplot in a satisfying manner, and uses the boys' telepathic powers in the climax in a unique way.-Elizabeth A. Kaminetz, L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, Richmond, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.