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Title:
Twin and super-twin
Author:
Cross, Gillian.
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Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 1990.
Summary:
The interaction between two street gangs is dynamically affected when David, one of a set of twins, finds his arm transforming into a snake, sausages, and other bizarre objects.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780823408405
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The interaction between two street gangs is dynamically affected when David, one of a set of twins, finds his arm transforming into a snake, sausages, and other bizarre objects.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Ben discovers that if he concentrates really hard, he can transform the right arm of his twin, David, into things monstrous and bizarre. When they need to fight off the neighborhood gang, Ben can make David's arm into a hissing snake. When Ben is angry at his brother, he can turn David's arm into a huge baby's rattle. When the gang kidnaps Ben, he can use his paranormal connection to send David a call for help. The action flags at times, and Cross has to keep prodding the plot along (something that never happens in her powerful thrillers for older readers, like On the Edge [BKL S 1 85]). Still, there's light entertainment in the farcical plot, the gang wars in an English city, and the magic between twins. It all takes place around Guy Fawkes Day, and the bonfires and fireworks will intrigue American readers. ~--Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-- Similar in tone to Byars's Blossom family stories, this very British import concerns the interactions of two self-styled street gangs of prepubescent poor kids in a run-down section of (presumably) London. The smaller Nelson Square gang consists of twin boys, quiet David and the more aggressive Ben, and is lead by an assertive, quick-thinking girl, Mitch. The larger Wellington Street gang, led by Alice, is determined to protect the large Guy Fawkes' Night bonfire they've built. When the Nelson Square gang succeeds in igniting it, they get more than they expected--the bonfire scraps covered a stash of fireworks, and the shock of the explosion magically transforms the twins. David's right arm turns into whatever thought Ben concentrates on: a giant roman candle, a string of sausages, or a snake. David proposes they use their power to befriend the Wellington Street gang, while Ben insists they continue to use it to terrorize them. After some tense times, the two gangs reconcile their differences and pull the community together, thus giving hints of a sequel. The characters are well delineated, and the story moves along at a pretty good pace. This is for a younger readership than Cross's Roscoe's Leap (Holiday, 1987). If read aloud, the many Briticisms could be discussed as needed. --Joel Shoemaker, Tilford Middle School, Vinton, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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