Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Secret Twin

The Secret Twin by Denise Gosliner Orenstein and Dan McCarthy (illustrator) is a beautifully-written, spell-binding story narrated from the perspectives of 13-year-old Noah, and Grace, the health-care worker who is taking care of him. Noah, the sole survivor of the surgery separating him and his conjoined-at-the-heart twin brother, lives with his self-absorbed grandmother and the secret guilt of surviving his brother. Grace comes to take care of him when his grandmother goes into the hospital for more plastic surgery. Their stories unfold as they reveal their secret losses to each other. Intense characterizations and extraordinary writing make this book memorable with great potential for discussion.
-- Sesheta

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