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Double Act

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The book takes the form of the twins alternately narrating the story of their life in an Accounts book. Obviously Richard is entirely responsible for his own prickish behaviour, but the catalyst is Rose, his slightly dotty new lady-friend who sells bric-a-brac. When the twins run off to the audition on their own, he gets there just in time to put a spanner in the works.

Although Garnet isn't keen on the idea, she is about to deliver a good audition but the twins father appears just as she is about to begin, making her feel terrible for messing up the audition. It's a short book and quick to read, so it was the first of the books I got this Christmas, that I decided to read. A great read for KS2 students; the story of Garnet and Ruby is a brilliant example of how to overcome the problems of everyday life. 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.

In 2007 Jacky Daydream was published, an inspirational true story of how a shy schoolgirl became a superstar author. Throughout the book you learn about their past, their present and their future whilst having a good laugh and a little cry at the same time. I feel as though Wilson books are a must in the lives of young children, a way of opening their eyes to the real world in the right way. My favourite bit was how the book touched on an issue that would affect a lot of 10-11 year olds: how it feels when your best friend, who you have spent all your childhood years with, goes to a different senior school to you.

You'll both grow up and have different jobs and have different lifestyles and have different families. Ruby is the one who is elder by 20 minutes and shows dominance in her behaviour but she is highly protective of Garnet. Double Act is about 2 twins and there mum died when they where little and they live with their dad and Nan. Ruby and Garnet hate the idea, that means that they will have to change schools and they will have to live with Rose.The illustrations add another layer to the story and this book, as with the others I have read, really captured my imagination even though I am no longer 11 years old. In my opinion this is a portrait of modern families narrating the positive and negative stages of two teenagers. Double Act was "Highly Commended" runner up for the annual Carnegie Medal from the British Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. Jacqueline Wilson's hugely popular book, DOUBLE ACT, told the story of identical twins Ruby and Garnet - fun, sparky, extremely close but incredibly different. Oh, what I will read in the chase for that elusive and dubious honour of having read all the BBC's Big Read books.

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