Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson

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Ten-year-old Ruby and Garnet are identical twins who do everything together. Especially since their mother died three years earlier. They dress alike, wear their hair the same, and sit together in every class. In fact, everything about them is the same--except their personalities. Ruby is funny and outgoing, Garnet is sensitive and shy. Together they're the perfect double act--and that's just the way they like it.

Soon the twins' life is turned upside down. Their dad has been spending a lot of time with his new "friend" Rose. Ruby and Garnet can't stand Rose. To make matters worse, Dad and Rose buy a bookstore out in the country and the whole family moves. Ruby hates their new school, but Garnet thinks it isn't all that bad. When Garnet befriends some of their new classmates, Ruby feels betrayed and stops speaking to Garnet. Garnet misses her sister terribly, but has to admit it's nice doing things on her own for a change. Somehow, the girls will have to find a way to maintain their special twin relationship without spending every minute of the day together.

About Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson is author of over 20 books for children, she has sold nearly 20 million copies. In 2004 figures from the Public Lending Rights office showed her as the most borrowed author from UK libraries. In May 2005, she was declared the new Children's Laureate. Nick Sharrat is a popular children's book illustrator whose many awards include the Smarties Book Prize. He is perhaps best-known for his illustrations for the multi-million selling author Jacqueline Wilson. Sue Heap is the author-illustrator of FOUR FRIENDS IN THE GARDEN, WHAT SHALL WE PLAY?, and COWBOY BABY. She lives in Oxfordshire, England.
Published January 1, 1995 by Dell Publishing Co.. Inc.. 185 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Ruby doesn't like Rose, the new woman in their father Richard's life, nor his decision to move to a small town and open a bookshop, nor their new teacher, nor their classmates, so Garnet trails along on a campaign of pranks and bad behavior, offering only token resistance.

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In one of their funniest sketches, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett are dressed as Kenneth McKellar and Moira Anderson, singing a jaunty music-hall number about being a famous double act.

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Ten-year-old British twins Ruby and Garnet take turns narrating this broad comedy, a winner of the Smarties Prize;

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The narration is frequently cloying, as in Ruby's comments about her father's taste for classic literature: ""If we have a look at Dad's book we wonder what the Dickens they're about and they seem very Hardy, but Dad likes them."" The brittle nature of Wilson's (Elsa, Star of the Shelter) writing...

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