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The lost twin

Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2016]
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 22 cm.
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General Note:
"Originally published as The lost twin in 2015 in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins"--Title page verso.
After her troublemaking twin, Scarlet, vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, shy Ivy tries to track her down, using pieces of Scarlet's journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find.


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Ivy, I pray that it's you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you're the new me...

When shy Ivy's troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to "take her place." But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school's true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?

Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn't about to disappear without a fight. She's left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy's going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She's got to.

But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they'll do anything to keep their secrets buried...

Author Notes

SOPHIE CLEVERLY began writing Scarlet and Ivy in her second year at university, where she studied Creative Writing. She knew she had to finish telling the story, and when she heard that the university offered an MA in Writing For Young People she realized it was the perfect opportunity. She lives in Wiltshire, England. This is her debut.Visit hapfairy.co.uk.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Ivy's twin sister, Scarlet, died at Rookwood boarding school, and now Ivy has been offered her sister's place. When the headmistress arrives to take her to the school, however, Ivy learns that she wants Ivy to literally take Scarlet's place: Ivy will assume Scarlet's identity, answering to her sister's name and adopting her sister's mannerisms. Ivy is not told why she is expected to do so-only that she has no choice. In the dorm room that used to belong to Scarlet, Ivy finds part of her sister's diary. Scarlet has left a trail of clues around the school for Ivy to find. These scraps of information reveal some shady dealings that Scarlet discovered during her last days at Rookwood. Ivy must use the information she uncovers to answer the growing number of questions she has about her sister's death. With an undeniably engaging-albeit a tad bit far-fetched-premise, this book is sure to appeal to readers who enjoy a puzzle mystery with plenty of twists and turns. The secrets exposed through Scarlet's clues result in a fast-paced and gripping read. Ivy's character develops over the course of the story as she struggles to move beyond her sister's shadow. VERDICT This book should find a place in most middle grade collections; a debut author to watch.-Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ivy receives a letter from the boarding school her identical twin, Scarlet, attended until Scarlet's sudden death. The letter invites Ivy to take Scarlet's place literally. The school doesn't want anyone to know that Scarlet disappeared, and it is up to Ivy to find out what really happened to her sister by untangling the many secrets and alliances already in place. She begins by searching for Scarlet's journal and finds pieces of it scattered throughout the school, each with a clue to find the next page. With the help of her roommate, Ivy uncovers a web of lies and a dangerous adversary, growing from a shy, easily intimidated girl to a strong leader. The plot tends toward melodrama, and clues stretch credibility at times, but readers will happily suspend disbelief for an engrossing tale of mystery, friendship, school dynamics, cruel teachers, and danger. The dramatic ending will have fans eager for the next installment of this new series.--Harold, Suzanne Copyright 2016 Booklist