Angela and Diabola by Lynne Reid Banks

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Lynne Reid Banks, bestselling author of the award-winning Indian in the Cupboard books, has created a darkly comic, modern classic tale of good and evil. As powerful as it is funny, Angela and Diabola is a story that will speak to young readers on many levels. Twins Angela and Diabola come into the world as different as night and day. From the very beginning, Angela is a happy, beautiful, perfect, blue-eyed little girl. A joy to her parents, she never, never cries. Diabola arrives kicking and screaming, her green eyes flashing and her not-pretty face purple with rage. She is the bane of her parents' lives. With each passing day, Angela becomes more loving, caring, and beautiful. Meanwhile, Diabola tries her best (worst) to be as hateful and revolting as she can be. And she is successful at it-really successful. While Angela makes everyone happy, Diabola makes people infuriated, frightened, and sick to their stomachs. When the twins are old enough for school, it's a nightmare. Angela loves school, and the teacher loves Angela. Diabola has found another place to be her outrageous and appalling self. She spits in the teacher's eye and worse. No one has ever seen such a dreadful child and no one knows what to do about her-not the twins' parents, not the teachers, not even the authorities. Only Angela has the power to affect her twin. But changing Diabola comes at a terrible price...

About Lynne Reid Banks

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Lynne Reid Banks was born in London, England on July I929. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she acted and wrote for the repertory stage.Eventually, she turned to journalism, becoming one of Britain's first female television news reporters. Banks was fired from her job as a reporter, and while working a different job, she wrote her first novel, which went on to become a best seller. Her titles include Fair Exchange, Tom Country, The Spice Rack, and Polly and Jake.
Published May 1, 1998 by HarperCollins Canada / Trophy. 176 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Banks (The Mystery of the Cupboard, 1993, etc.) introduces readers to twin girls--one purely good, one purely evil--who make a hash of their well-intentioned parents' lives.

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Tension mounts as Angela's attempts to undo Diabola's damage become more frenzied, until the author's ingenious solution creates a happy ending for all--except Diabola, who goes ""splat."" Although the vigor and ingenuity of Banks's The Indian in the Cupboard are not fully on display, the expansi...

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Common Sense Media

The humor is as wicked as Diabola, and though children often delight in bad children in literature, Diabola is bad on a level they won't admire or envy.

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