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The Twinning Project

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Tom is a smart, talented loner with a chip on his shoulder and a big secret: an imaginary twin on another planet. Eddie is Tom's opposite, a friendly, athletic kid who always looks on the good side. Tom worries sometimes: does confiding in Eddie mean he's nuts? The truth is even crazier than that. Eddie and his planet are just as real as Tom and his Earth, but fifty-some y ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Multiverses are something I like to read about, especially if they contain the same person in multiple worlds, only slightly different. Think "Interworld" or Diana Wynne Jones.

Sadly, "The Twinning Project" is one of the lesser novels of this type, trading in an interesting idea for stereotypical characters and poorly-explained enemies. Moreover, Robert Lipsyte's writing feels oddly choppy and flat, and he seems to spend most of the book bouncing merrily between perspectives rather than fleshing
Charlie Thacker
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been worse. It had quite a good idea and the plot was pretty good. There where some parts that I was a bit confused about and the book didn't quite explain that. It was worth the time it took me to read the book though.
Jennifer Sakash
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Middle grade
Becca Kostick
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"The Twinning Project" is on my favorites shelf because of how interesting Robert Lipsyte has made this book. Twins, Tom and Eddie, were born one minute apart and are living on two different planets, Earth for Tom and EarthTwo for Eddie. EarthTwo is at least 50 years behind Earth, but Tom and Eddie still talk through their minds. This chapter book is an easy read for the intermediate grades, and with it being a science fiction book, students would be able to read this book quickly and get caught ...more
Lisa Nocita
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Tom is a middle schooler with a huge chip on his shoulder. Nearmont is the third middle school he has attended in less than two years. His father, presumed dead, disappeared two years ago. His grandfather, and only friend, is senile. His mom, a pharmaceutical rep, is always traveling. Tom can't stay out of trouble. While he seems to want to rid the world of bullies, he is one himself. He's not too likable despite the fact that you want to like him because of his troubles. He's smart and plays th ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Tom and Eddie are twins separated by 50 years and different planets. Tom's life in 2011 is one of getting kicked out of multiple middle schools for being difficult. He plays the violin well and loves neat little techie gadgets---especially if they explode. Eddie is his complete opposite: a sports player, friendly to a fault, focused on teamwork. But when an alien plot threatens them both, they'll have to learn to live in each other's worlds.

I liked this, but the plot could at times be a bit of a
7th grader Tom is a kid with attitude, ever since his father vanished. A tech-head with zero tolerance for bullies, he keeps getting expelled when he takes his clever revenges. What Tom never tells anyone is that he's mentally in touch with his twin, Eddie, who lives on EarthTwo, an alternate Earth that's 50 years behind Tom's Earth. Eddie, in 1957, is a stand-up nice guy, captain of the football team and everyone's friend--pretty much Tom's opposite. When the two have to switch places to try to ...more
Jaina Rose
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

This was a very interesting sci-fi premise, one that harks back to a lot of traditional elements of the genre (aliens, hidden powers, clones - or in this case twins - etc).

Before I go any further, I have to get this off of my chest: the most immature scene was when the boys decided to prove that they were twins by comparing the spots on their butt cheeks where they'd been attached until surgical separation after birth. They literally pull
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
When 12-year-old Tom Canty’s dad disappeared two years ago, he created an imaginary friend, Eddie Tudor, to help him cope. Eddie is his identical twin and mirror opposite who lives on EarthTwo, which is 50 years behind Earth. The two speak telepathically, especially at night when there is a clear sky full of stars. Tom believes that alien scientists created the two Earths as an experiment to see if humans could take care of their own planet. At times Tom wonders if he’s crazy to talk to Eddie an ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, rev, speculative
For two characters who are supposed to be 1. incredibly smart (as we are told multiple times, especially about Tom) and 2. in hiding from scary evil people, the degree to which the main characters are incapable of flying under the radar is terrible to the point of hilarity. Really? Telling everyone you're taking a mood stabilizer drug lets you get away with amnesia and a complete shift in all of your talents and personality traits? Really? It's the end of the world if you get discovered, but you ...more
Rebellious Tom just can't stay out of trouble. He questions authority figures and refuses to do what others tell him to do, and when he sees someone bullying another student, he takes up the victim. Tom's a loner with no friends except an identifical twin named Eddie who lives on another planet. But as unpopular as Tom is, that's how popular Eddie is. While the adults in Tom's life try to convince him that he is imagining Eddie, it turns out that both boys do, indeed, exist, but they live on twi ...more
Rivelino Zavala
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys reading adventure stories.
Shelves: mine-own
Robert Lipstye's book, "The Twinning Project" is a wonderful adventure involving two parallel worlds. Two Earths that are nearly fifty years apart in time to be exact. Tom, a self-lead and bullheaded rebel is on Earth one while his twin Eddie, that he barely believes exists is one Earth two. The two of them couldn't be anymore different, Tom is a tech savvy "loner" with an aptitude in math and steady foot against bullies and Eddie is a jock and people person who turns his enemies into allies. Un ...more
Lena Kilburn
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting science fiction novel about twin brothers living on twin planets. At first, Tom believes that his brother whom he talks to in the back yard while looking up at the stars, is his imaginary friend. Soon he finds out that Eddie, his brother, lives on Earth II which exists in 1957 while Tom, on Earth I, lives in 2011. The novel switches between 1st and 3rd person narration, with Tom, the Earth I brother being the 1st person voice. Ultimately, its a cool adventure involving aliens, the my ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
Tom and Eddie are identical twins, but they live on different planets and at different times in history. Such is the basic premise of this science fiction novel. Tom lives in 2011, and he is bright, prickly, lonely, and is always getting in trouble. Eddie lives in 1957 on a different Earth, and he is a sports star, a preppy popular guy who likes people and possesses great diplomacy skills. The two boys talk every night, but Tom can't quite believe that Eddie is real: until Eddie comes to his Ear ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Tom is a rebel; he gets revenge on the bullies especially other people’s bullies and he’s very smart. But he’s constantly getting kicked out of school, and this is his last chance, but he doesn’t want to change. His only friend is his “imaginary” twin brother who he believes lives on another planet exactly like Earth. Tom’s brother Eddie is his mirror, where Tom fights back, Eddie makes a friend; Tom plays the violin, Eddie is athletic. But when it turns out the Eddie isn’t imaginary, and the sc ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
The Twinning Project by Robert Lipste follows Tom and Eddie, twins living on two different earth's five years apart. The twins have known about each other and have communicated through a psychic link. They soon learn they indeed were separated and that they have to switch in order to save the world.

This book was odd. While I liked the characters and some of the plot worked the whole premise was just bizarre. The part time travel, part alien premise was just absurd. Strangely however, I didn't pu
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think that this book had a very interesting plot. I liked the way that Tom and Eddie worked together to help there father whom they hav'nt seen for years, make his vision come true of a world with out war and pollution. I also liked the companionship of Tom and Eddie and how they worked together with people in their schools to solve their problems.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This book starts off great. The premise is cool and it's executed well. The dynamic between the different eras is great and when the twins switch it works even better, but it falls apart near the end. With about 50 pages left in the story I realized that this would be the first of a series, and as a first book in the series I found it pretty unsatisfying.
Carrie Shaurette
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Sure, there are plenty of unexplained plot points (like why the twins have to switch planets...), but the characterization is strong enough that kids won't care in this sci-fi, kids save the earth adventure.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
The plot for this sounded really interesting. however I did not like the book at all. Both of the twins were annoying Tom was a jerk and Eddie Seemed too goody two shoes. they reminded me of the goofus and Gallant form Highlights magazine. I all so did not find the action that exciting.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lots to like. This book will get middle aged (mainly male) readers thinking about lots of things. A little science, a little politics, a little rebellion. It's a wonderful bridge book--perfect for 5th and 6th graders just starting to open their eyes.
Ms. Yingling
I usually love Lipsyte's books, but just don't have the audience for this one.
Corrie Wang
Fun concept. Quick enjoyable read. Has a nostalgic feel about it. Like a novel I read when I was younger.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I say is was cool to see two points of view of twin brothers but opposite
Mar 12, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-new
Brandon O'Neill
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: youthlit
It was OK, as the stars said. I'll stop pushing it.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Good action packed boy book. Not sure the writing quality is up to snuff for VOYA but pretty good story, characters, and plot line.
Kristin Fletcher-spear
reviewing for Library Media Connection.
Ms. Yockey
Jun 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
Oct 2012
Ask Ellen
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
The concept was interesting, but sometimes middle grade novels aren't quite so exciting as they were back when I was in middle grades.
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