Bound To Stay Bound

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 Two and only Kelly twins
 Author: Hurwitz, Johanna

 Illustrator: Mourning, Tuesday

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 89 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 474554 ISBN: 9780763656027
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Subjects:
 Separation anxiety -- Fiction
 Twins -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction

Price: $18.61

Summary:
Second-graders Arlene and Ilene Kelly are twins. But when a set of triplets comes to school, Arlene and Ilene wonder whether triplets are more special than twins.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 161366
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 62368

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/13)
   School Library Journal (11/01/13)
   Booklist (09/01/13)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/13)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2013 Arlene and Ilene Kelly are identical twins. They wear their hair the same, their clothes the same, and have the same interests. No one, except their parents, can tell them apart. It’s a pretty special feeling, so when a group of triplets moves to their school, Arlene and Ilene are left wondering if being a twin is all that extraordinary after all. After Arlene gets sick and has to visit the hospital, can the twins figure out how to be just one instead of always two? Each chapter takes on a short vignette about the girls and their various adventures, from getting new pets to discovering the perfect Halloween costume, with each side story accompanied by Mourning’s soft, exaggerated black-and-white spot art. This is a humorous and heartfelt story, sure to appeal to readers looking for fun tales about sisters. Arlene’s and Ilene’s spunk and charm make them ideal bedfellows for characters like Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine and Annie Barrows’ Ivy and Bean. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2013 Gr 1–3—Arlene and Ilene Kelly love being identical twins. The second graders dress alike, play together, argue, and make up. When a set of triplets enters their school, the girls start feeling that they may not be quite so special after all. When one twin jealously insists that they are triplets too, her sister can't help but join in on the prank. The girls set out to convince their new friends that they are more than just a pair. Through all their high jinks, the sisters remain so tight that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Things start to change when Arlene has her appendix out and the girls are separated for the first time. How can sisters who share everything have different experiences? And will they still be identical when one twin is missing her appendix? With spot art every few pages, the story should appeal to early chapter-book readers. The sisters are mischievous, but loving, and young readers won't have any trouble keeping up with their escapades.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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