One-of-a-Kind Mallie by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Mallie is so tired of being an identical twin, she could scream! To everyone in Cedarville, she's just the second half of Hallie and Mallie, the adorable pair. Mother sews them matching dresses, and their teacher has even assigned them the same poem to recite together at the school picnic. It may look as if the twins are the same child twice, but inside, Mallie feels as different as the Gypsies who have set up camp nearby. If only her family and her best friend, Ruthie, understood.

Mallie's summer will bring more than its share of struggle and disappointment. But with the help of a surprising new friend and the joy of a secret hobby, it may also bring its share of discovery and wonder. It just may be one of a kind.

Tender, lively, and rich in details of Midwestern life during World War I, this is a charming companion to the acclaimed novel B>Ruthie's Gift. Mallie is an endearing, memorable heroine in an exuberant tale of individuality and the comfort of family.

About Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was born in 1967 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Smith College, she worked as a research chemist, then became a freelance writer. Her first novel, B>Ruthie's Gift, which introduced the character of Mallie, won her a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" honor. She and her husband, Bart, have two children, Matthew and Katie. They live in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where they are hard at work building a farm.
Published August 10, 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This companion to Ruthie's Gift serves up another slice of WWI-era Americana as Ruthie's friends, the Graber twins, come into focus.

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