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Troubletwisters: The Beginning (Troubletwisters #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,589 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
The first book of a major fantasy series from New York Times bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, in which twins find that they must act as wards against a threatening evil. 'Come to us. Troubletwisters, join us ... welcome, most welcome!' When their home mysteriously explodes around their ears, twins Jack and Jaide are sent to live in a place they have never h ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 2011 by Allen & Unwin
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May 06, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This type of book has a number of conventions. They aren't universally followed, but still, I think it's fair to say they exist. One of these is that the kids should prevail through their own efforts. Or put another way, adults can't do it for them. Which leads to a problem; how to get rid of the parents! This is one reason why orphans are a cliche of this type of literature. (Another is that orphans are easy to make into Protagonists with a Hidden Destiny (PHDs).) Another widely deployed method ...more
Jubilation Lee
Okay, I know this is a stupid reason to abandon a book, but here's a selection of text from the first thirty or so pages:

"Jack couldn't help himself. 'What's a troubletwister?' he asked.
'We're not going to talk about it now. I want you to forget it,' Susan repeated in a warning voice" (5).

"Come to us, troubletwisters. Join us... welcome, most welcome!" (10)

"One day, troubletwisters, I hope you'll understand" (18).

"'Look at how grown up you are! Already twelve, already troubletwisters.'
'What is
Apr 25, 2013 Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, first off I should probably admit that I never finished the book. I read a little over 100 pages in and gave up, although I flicked through in case anything amazing suddenly happened (it didn't). I feel that by 100 pages, the author should have delivered something to make the reader want to continue reading. I don't want to have to force myself to finish a book, that's stupid. So what was the problem?

Well, to start off with it was painfully condescending. I can't help but feel that the
Clare Cannon
Sep 15, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 08-12yrs
This the first book of new fantasy series for young readers. While there is a lot of action (the good kids learning about their new gifts and fighting the great Evil), the story takes a while to build and requires a little perseverance. Confident younger readers looking for something new should find it engaging, since most of the action is aimed at 9-12 year olds, with the young protagonists (brother and sister twins) running from animals and trying to keep up the courage to fight instead of giv ...more
Y’all, Garth Nix knows how to write a prologue, or at least I’m going to assume Nix wrote the prologue, but hey, it could have been Sean Williams. Anyways, with middle graders, you have to hook them and reel them in. Troubletwisters definitely begins with a bang-literally. Jaide and Jack Shields are twins. (Sidebar: I think twins are a trend in MG SFF) Their dad is about to return from a business trip and they are watching. With excitement, they bring his bag upstairs, touch a metal rod and all ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jack and Jaide's house blows up after a weird series of events and an invitation from their previously unknown Grandma X, so of course their mother takes them off to live at her house while theirs is being rebuilt. Their father is off working, and their mother also gets a job that takes her away from home, leaving them to find weird happenings at their grandmother's house. Why will no one tell them what "troubletwisters" are? Why can they see things others can't? Why does their grandmother's cat ...more
I have always loved Garth Nix's books. SABRIEL and its sequels might be my favorites, but I was never disappointed. I continued to read The Keys to the Kingdom series even though I was rather old for it because I wanted to know how Arthur solved his problems. I've never read anything by Sean Williams before, but I haven't heard bad things and I've had excellent luck with Australian authors.

TROUBLETWISTERS, strangely, didn't quite work for me. It's the tale of twins Jaide and Jack, who go to live
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Jaide and Jack are waiting for Dad to come home. When his suitcase falls open and they pick up a metal rod the house explodes and a series of events happen that sends them to Grandma X’s house. They are troubletwisters and must learn to control their powers. The problem is no one really wants to tell them exactly what those powers are or how to control them. When the evil villian threatens to take over their minds and bodies they are forced to teach themselves with a little help from two talking ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ooh, not sure what's happened to Garth Nix lately. I have a hunch he's trying to churn out too many books too quickly. I still haven't forgiven him for pausing 'Keys to the Kingdom' before the end so that he could start a whole new series(which I have to say pretty much bombed in the library). I'd just qualify that by saying that Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen remain some of my favourite books of all time, so maybe I'm expecting too much here.

But Trouble Twisters just didn't grab me at all. The ba
Jack and Jaide are rambunctious twelve-year-old twins whose father is rarely home. Then one day he returns in a bolt of lightning, and their house is destroyed. The twins go to stay with their mysterious grandmother, who talks to her cats and can make them forget things with hot cocoa. They're not sure they can trust Grandma X--but it seems that an equally mysterious, far more frightening magical force is after them, and she may be their only ally.

Definitely the worst book Nix has ever written.
Sep 06, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll you a secret. I love it when I sit down to write a book review and I have a great story of what happened when I purchased the book. This review starts off with a fun one. I purchased Troubletwisters a little while back from a popular department store near my home. As I was taking it (and a few other items beside,) through the checkouts, the checkout operator paused, looked at the book and asked me if I thought it was any good. (Of course I did. Why else would I be bothering to read it?) Any ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has always annoyed me when adults are dismissive of a child's question. "Don't worry about that." "I'll tell you later." "Some day you'll understand." "I don't have time to talk." It's bad enough in real life, but there's no excuse for writing these responses into a middle-grade book. If you don't want the reader to know, just don't bring up the question.

Another pet peeve: "You have no choice"/"I have no choice." Part of what makes a story interesting is what choices the characters make -- fo
Wee Shubba's World
Thank you to Egmont for giving me this chance to read read the arc copy of this novel.

Troubletwister is a fun read about twins Jack and Jaide as they embarked on adventure that changes their lives. They are forced to go live with their Grandma after their house is detroyed and thats were the story really gets going. They two characters are just fantastic, they are very likeable. They are very quick on the mark that there is something about Grandma X and they are determind to find out what. Jaid
Dec 08, 2013 Sem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-fiction
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Carla Ehrenreich
I liked that the characters didn't just get everything handed to them. And they weren't pronounced the greatest troubletwisters ever known. They had problems and significant when Jaide tried to get to the lighthouse by flying and ended up getting attacked by the birds. And the fact that they suspect their grandmother as someone who is not acting in their best interests. because she is obviously lieing to them and the excused of the adults about not telling them anything because too ...more
Sue Bursztynski
May 03, 2011 Sue Bursztynski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable old-fashioned children's adventure, which I believe was the whole point of the exercise, i.e. to write a story of the kind the authors read when they were kids. You know the kind: the kids go to stay with their grandmother - in this case because their house blew up unexpectedly, Dad has mysteriously had to go somewhere and Mum's job needs her to be away for several days, getting rid of the parents, then. eventually, the grandmother, leaving the kids and the talking cats to battle s ...more
Trouble Twisters by Garth Nix is an action packed book, filled with adventure and mystery. Throughout the book, we learn twins Jadie and Jack have powers that they never thought possible. They also learn that evil can take many forms and secretes about their family slowly unravels.
Celesta Thiessen
I really loved the Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix. I won't be reading any more of this series though. I think it was too creepy/disgusting, with much of the book focused on 'the evil' which manifested itself through bugs/rats etc, burrowing into each other and trying to envelop the children. There was even a woman who was taken over by the evil and had rats and bugs burrowed into her skin. A little to sick for my reading enjoyment and I think it was a little too intense for the intended targe ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The cover is a bit misleading, seeing as the term "troubletwisters" actually has pretty much nothing to do with tornadoes. I'm not judging the book because of that - authors don't always have the biggest choice when it comes to the covers. It was a nice surprise, and I, unlike a great many reviewers, enjoyed the fact that the twins actually had to work for the answers. They didn't have everything handed to them on a silver platter in the first 50 pages. They were a bit stupid at parts, but their ...more
When a magical accident destroys their house, Jaide and Jack Shields are sent to live with their father's mother, the mysterious Grandma X. But the twins aren't sure what's worse---the white eyes that are pursuing them, or the grandmother who now has them under her roof. Their own blossoming talents will play a deciding role in the conflict, but who do they trust?

From the initial cover description, I was expecting an urban-fantasy thriller without much depth to it. But I've liked Nix's work, so
Strange events cause twins Jaide and Jack to have to move from their somewhat-exploded house to their grandmother's home in Portland, Victoria. Their Grandmother is weird and the longer they're in town the more weird stuff seems to happen. Soon the twins will find out the meaning behind their grandomother's nick name for them: troubletwisters.

First up I'm not the target market for this book. This book is middle grade and I'm in my thirties, but I won a copy and I've been wanting to read somethin
Apr 26, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover art of this book gives a misleading impression of what kind of trouble the "troubletwisters" specialize in. The fact that the book actually does feature several tornadoes and a hurricane may add to that impression. So you may be surprised to learn that the term "troubletwisters" in this book does not have anything to do with cyclones, as such. Troubletwisters are kids who have started to manifest powers—powers which, if brought under control and properly harnessed, will enable them to ...more
Jonathan Gatus
Feb 12, 2014 Jonathan Gatus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wish there were a way to mark something as "I started this, didn't quite fancy it, and don't want to go back to it."
Mar 13, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Kain Year 9

The Trouble twisters is an invigorating book that keeps you hooked on every page, from the first to the last, one of the best things about this book is the way it’s written. Its written so that it keeps you trying to guess how the hero or heroine gets out of that situation, it also leaves you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what will happen to the main characters.

It’s the first of a series and I look forward to number 2.
Maria Bowley
I thought this was a pretty good book, I think those who are younger teens would enjoy it more than me though. For me it just wasn't as good as some of Garth Nix's other series like the weekday series (Mister Monday, Sir Tuesday ect), it had an interesting concept with the twins and in the beginning the mystery of what are trouble twisters and who is Grandma X really and i like how initially they though she was a witch before the truth eventually came out. I do feel the The Evil could have been ...more
Susan Allegrini
May 31, 2012 Susan Allegrini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book.It was fun and easy to read,good for kids with a great imagination!
May 12, 2014 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I think people have been a bit harsh with this book.yes it is predictable but childrens books often are. its more about the characters and environment both of which I liked in this book.
It was slow at times but not slow enough for me to put down and read something else.
this to me seems aimed at a much younger audience than garth nix's old Kingdom series so maybe people expected something different then what they got.

overall if you like children uncomplicated adventures this is tje book for y
Jordan Funke
Pretty disappointing. Pretty predictable. Pretty unoriginal.
Megan Kirkland31335
This book is a good mystery book that is fun reading at night or in the morning. My favorite thing is the mysteriousness of it. I like how you don't really know what is happening until the very end. This book is perfect to read to mystery seekers. If there is another book or even a series i would totally read it. I am not one who likes mysteries, but i like this book. I didn't think i would like this book. I was surprised to like this book. Reading this book showed me that i might like mysteries ...more
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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