The ReaderKidZ have been talking all month about “Families in Change” and there have been many terrific recommendations. Books about a child living in foster care, the difficulties of divorce, the loss of a family member to cancer, the reality of life in a war-zone.
But today’s book takes a entirely different (and lighter) tone. Yes, it’s about siblings – John, the pragmatic brother and Abigail, his incredibly bright, crossword-whiz sister. It’s also about a family in change – a mother who’s been ill and who dies at the story’s beginning. But with a snarky narrator, reminiscent of Lemony Snicket, (“You will have to bear with me, Reader. I have never done this sort of thing before – written books, told stories to complete strangers who, frankly, I may not particularly like. Yes, I am referring to you. Would I like you if I met you? I’m not sure I would.”) and a mystery that begs to be solved, it’s entirely fun, quirky, and entertaining.
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea is the first in a series that’s sure to hook kids from the very first page and have them impatiently waiting for the twins’ next daring adventure. Learn more at www.thetempletontwins.com. (Grades 2 and up)