The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner
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Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Luckily for you, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn't?!).

About Ellis Weiner

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Ellis Weiner was an original columnist for Spy Magazine and an editor of National Lampoon from 1976-1978. He contributed to all the best group satire projects of the day, including Not the New York Times and Off the Wall Street Journal. He has published numerous humor pieces in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, among others.
Published August 3, 2012 by Chronicle Books LLC. 232 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Nearly a character himself, the self-important, over-the-top narrator takes pleasure in admonishing his readers (“If you don’t remember me saying that, I urge you to turn back to Chapter 2 (the first Chapter 2) and refresh your memory, because I distinctly remember saying it, and I remember you r...

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Although 12-year-old twins Abigail and John Templeton headline the story, the most prominent character is the self-satisfied and aggressively intrusive Narrator, whose banter with readers instantly sets a comedic, sarcastic tone (“If you are so terribly, terribly smart, why don’t you write th...

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City Book Review

“If Abigail was quite clever when it came to words (which she was), John was extremely clever when it came to doing things… His favorite thing to say was ‘LET’S DO IT!’ “ I liked this book because the Templeton twins are very clever.

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Common Sense Media

But if you're prepared for the fact that the Templeton Twins are completely eclipsed by a wisecracking, whining, self-aggrandizing storyteller who doles out bits of the plot with hefty doses of wordplay, snide remarks, comic "quizzes" at the end of each chapter, a recipe for meat loaf, and helpfu...

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John and Abigail Templeton learn very quickly what it's like to be faced with difficult choices, but with the help of each other and their knowledge of playing the drums and solving puzzles they embark on an adventure that will pit them against another set of twins - evil Dean D Dean and Dan D Dean.

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Shelf Awareness

Award-winning children's book illustrator Jane Dyer suffered a brutal attack July 26 in her Cummington, Mass., home, where a 14-year-old male gained entry and struck her violently with a shovel.

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