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Sarah Crossan



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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC








Grace and Tippi are twins - conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change.No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined...From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate? Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2016



Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, something most people would dread. Living in America, they have been home educated by tutors and with that and hospital fees, finances are stretched. When their Father loses his job because of health issues, their Mother refuses to stop the counselling, so it is the schooling that has to change. They are bound to be stared at and treated differently by those around them, or as Sarah Crossan says 'thrown into a ring of lions/without a weapon'. Grace is the worrier, the least confident. That's usual in any sibling relationship and Crossan manages to demonstrate normality among everything that is different. She builds up each twin as a separate character with different feelings, although they always know what one another is experiencing even if they won't readily admit it. She describes the everyday life of school and the problems it raises for the twins. She also describes home life which isn't perfect for any of the family. They find real friends and Tippi's confidence and Grace's worries surface. So does another dilemma, one which has no right nor wrong answer. The doctors think they've got it sorted, but they cannot predict everything. This moving novel about identity and love is written in free verse yet manages to convey so much in so few words. This is a situation which only a handful of people will ever find themselves experiencing, yet it is one in which the reader is so fully immersed because of the powerful writing. Crossan has said that it could only ever have one ending, and I fully see that, yet it was still shocking to get there. 448 pages / Ages 11-15 years / Reviewed by Dawn Woods, librarian

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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