The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy Book 1)

Book Review, Middle Grade
The Lost Twin: Scarlet and Ivy Book 1. Historical fiction for ages 9-14. #kidlit | batchofbooks.com

The Lost Twin: Scarlet and Ivy Book 1. Historical fiction for ages 9-14. #kidlit | batchofbooks.com

The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy Book 1) by Sophie Cleverly

Series: Scarlet and Ivy (Book 1) | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 3, 2016)

 

About The Lost Twin:

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…

 

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About the Author:

Sophie Cleverly was born in Bath in 1989. She wrote her first story at the age of four, though it used no punctuation and was essentially one long sentence. Thankfully, things have improved somewhat since then, and she has earned a BA in Creative Writing and MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University.Now working as a full-time writer, Sophie lives with her partner in Wiltshire, where she has a house full of books and a garden full of crows. The books largely consist of fantasy and historical novels; many of them for children and young adults. You probably don’t want to know what the crows consist of.The first title in the Scarlet and Ivy series is Sophie’s debut novel, written after Ivy appeared in her head one day and demanded she told the twins’ story.

 

My Thoughts on The Lost Twin:

Ivy is going to be attending the boarding school where her twin sister recently died. As if that’s not strange enough, she is forced to impersonate her deceased sister. She isn’t told why, and at first she doesn’t question it too much. But after Ivy finds some clues Scarlet left for her, she starts poking around and looking for information. One clue leads to the next until an unfathomable mystery is unraveling around her.

The Lost Twin is a dark, thrilling mystery for young readers. It will appeal to children ages nine and up that enjoy mystery, suspense, and historical fiction. Ivy is a fully developed character that makes some major changes over the course of the book. She is naturally a quiet, compliant girl that does as she’s told. In keeping with the mandate to impersonate her larger-than-life sister, she must go out of her comfort zone on several occasions and deal with her problems head on. After a time, it becomes less about keeping up appearances than about standing up for herself.

Parts of this book can be a little scary, so make sure your child can handle it before letting them read it. Students give each other death threats and one of the adult characters uses violence against children on a regular basis (it’s historical fiction, so it’s not inaccurate, but something to be aware of).

It’s a good book, and one that kids and adults will get sucked into.

Content: Death threats and violence.

Source: I received a digital advanced reader’s copy of this book for the purpose of this review.

4 STARS

 

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