Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins

illus. by Tuesday Mourning. 80p. Candlewick. Apr. 2017. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763688080.
Gr 1–3—Identical twins Arlene and Ilene Kelly continue to navigate second grade. One morning at school, friends Monty and Joey notice a discrepancy between the usually indistinguishable pair, and the two girls find themselves thinking more about how they can be so identical but also unique. Then they face a particular challenge when two members of the set of triplets in their school concoct a sleepover plan where one sibling from each family would spend the night at the other's house. Reluctantly, inseparable Ilene and Arlene start to test the idea that they can still be twins, even if they do not always do everything the same way. This title features a large font and frequent spot art, making it a good option for newer chapter book readers. As the twins begin to waffle between the desire to be identical and curiosity about discovering what makes them unique, they raise questions about identity that will resonate with all readers. This selection stands alone, but students can read more about the Kelly twins in the first volume (The Two and Only Kelly Twins) as well as in the companion series about their classmate Monty.
VERDICT This gentle twin story explores big questions about identity in an approachable way for budding chapter book readers.

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