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What I liked about this book: I liked having the two sides to the story, both Ruby and Garnet sharing their thoughts and opinions on the different events in the book. The twins have a row early on in the book, and Rose tempts Garnet downstairs with a kids movie and chocolate. Because of that comparison in my head I didn’t feel this book shone as much as it could have; if I hadn’t already read Vicky Angel I may have enjoyed this more. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. After making friends with someone she previously considered rather a bully, Ruby starts to realize that she and Garnet don't need to be the same, and don't have to do the same things, to be happy.

Then another opportunity comes when they send a letter to the headmistress of Marnock Heights, a boarding school. Oh, what I will read in the chase for that elusive and dubious honour of having read all the BBC's Big Read books. If not for that, I probably never would have discovered Jacqueline Wilson - I missed these books when I was young, and they're not the sort of things I would have otherwise stumbled upon as an adult.In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. Leaving Gran behind, having a new stepmother,moving in with her and of course Garnet going to a new private school! They love being twins, and since the death of their mother they have been closer than ever, safe in their little world. The television film was made in 2001 for Channel 4 and aired in 2002, starring Birmingham twins, Zoe and Chloe Tempest-Jones. Jacqueline Wilson's bestselling novel about identical twins has been widely acclaimed, winning the Smarties Prize, the Children's Book Award and being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.

I remember reading this book myself as a child, it was one of the early Jacqueline Wilson books and one which I re-read countless times! I love how it’s almost written as if both characters are writing the story in some parts, while in others its as if your looking down into their lives. First, he says he won't allow them to become actors - incidentally, not because he doesn't want his kids exposed to the cut-throat world of showbiz, but because he 'can't stand showy-off child stars', which would no doubt deplete all his recently racked up street cred. The storyline was, as I said, predictable, but I am not a pre-teen and so in that context the predictability doesn’t matter. The girls also find that there is a huge fee that needs to be paid for the pair of them, something which their dad cannot afford.I think WIlson has used her strengths well in this book and has really gone to town with the idea of the twins losing their mom and being like chalk and cheese (Completely Different) ! Until the last chapter the voice describes carefully their relationship to the outer world remarking that their behavior is immature and childish. A constant favourite with readers, their tale has now been adapted for the stage by hugely experienced children's theatre director, Vicky Ireland, and a sell-out UK tour was seen and loved by thousands of children. The book takes the form of the twins alternately narrating the story of their life in an Accounts book. Ruby is devastated as she was confident that she would win it if they both could not 'wangle one' together.

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