Friday, July 24, 2015

The Tapper Twins Go to War with Each Other by Geoff Rodkey

Cover image for The Tapper twins go to war (with each other) It all starts with Claudia thinks her twin Reese took her toaster pastry.  She gets back at him by insulting him at school.  He gets back at her by calling her a name.  The war escalates and leads to internet bullying and computer game griefing.  The story is told in notebook form, and includes transcripts of parent texts and interviews with friends and teachers.  The general tone of the story is humorous, but there are serious (and a little bit preachy) overtones. That said, the voices of the two tweens and the junior high atmosphere are spot on, and the book is illustrated with cartoons like so many school stories are now days, so I think kids will be willing to overlook the moralizing.  I could see a mother/child book club or a school reading circle  reading the book and then using it to discuss sibling rivalry or cyber bullying. (219 p.)

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