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The Trouble with Twins

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Kate DiCamillo meets Lemony Snicket in this darkly comic novel about two sisters who learn they are each others' most important friend.

Imagine two twin sisters, Arabella and Henrietta—nearly identical yet with nothing in common. They’re the best of friends . . . until one day they aren’t. Plain and quiet Henrietta has a secret plan to settle the score, and she does someth
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Published August 9th 2016 by Knopf BFYR (first published January 1st 2016)
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Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My nine year old daughter is a huge fan of the Scarlett and Ivy books, so this novel about twins was sure to appeal. It is described as a modern day fairytale and features twin sisters, Henrietta and Arabella. As with all good fairy tales, there is a sad beginning and, in this case, it concerns the separation of the twin sisters. There is Arabella – pretty and popular – while Henrietta is overlooked and a little jealous. When Henrietta does something naughty her parents send her away and she fin ...more
Gardenia L
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-nine-weeks
Two twin sisters, Henrietta and Arabella have always been best friends. But, for some unknown reason, Arabella has always been prettier. With her smile, laugh, perfectly combed blond hair, and spotless clothing, everyone seemed to like her more. On the other hand, Henrietta was quiet, serious, had crumbs on her clothes, and her hair was always so messy. And that was where the trouble began...
Arabella always had nice friends and attended nice little birthday parties, while Henrietta stood silentl
I received an ARC from the publisher via work, with no obligation to leave a personal review.

This book took me by surprise--I discovered it out of the blue, having come from darker reads like A Torch Against the Night and Gathering Darkness, wanting something more "me"--light and happy and full of heart. And this was definitely one of those!

I fear that the comparisons used in the publisher copy may come across as hyperbole, but having read it, I see why they're making them. Similar to The Prince
Ms. Yingling
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A young girl's mother tells her the story of twins: Arabella Osgood, who was very pretty, and Henrietta, who was less attractive and also boring. Jealous of her sister because of the preferential treatment she recieves from their parents, Henrietta cuts Arabella's hair when she is sleeping and is send away to Great-Aunt Priscilla's as punishment. And punishment it is, since Priscilla feeds her fish head soul and there is nothing more exciting to do than to name th
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book #65 Read in 2016
The Trouble with Twins by Kathryn Siebel

This is a cute read, perfect for upper elementary students. Arabella and Henrietta are twins. Arabella is smart and popular. Henrietta is friendless and not as academically gifted. As the two begin to move away from each other, Henrietta, in a jealous fit, cuts Arabella's bangs while she is sleeping. Their parents sent Henrietta to live with Aunt Priscilla, who is a scary lady. Will the sisters ever be brought back together? This would
Liz Lorz
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This humorous fairy tale for grades 3-6 is a lesson in getting along and getting through bad times caused by bad decisions. It's a perfect book for read-aloud time -- especially for siblings who might not always get along. The accompanying discussions between a mother and her daughter were spot on and hilarious!
Charlie Easterson
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually really enjoyed this. It's a nice throwback to older fashioned kid's books with a nice whimsy to the whole story. It's, as most people have pointed out, like a cross between Lemony Snicket and Ms. Pigglewiggle. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Review based on an uncorrected advanced reader's copy I was provided through my work.
Ashley Chen
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read this yet (since it hasn't come out yet!) but I'm super excited. It sounds really good, and, funny thing is, I'll be getting a personally signed copy from the author! Why? Because her brother and wife are good family friends. What a small world :) And congrats to you, Kathryn Siebel!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best MG novels I've read in a long time! I am shocked that this was Siebel's debut book, and cannot wait for more from her.

The Trouble with Twins is one of those books that takes your hand and leads you through the story easily yet lovingly. The characters, even the flawed ones, win you over. The descriptions are simple, yet effective in their simplicity. Even the humor is just right, over and over again I laughed out loud.

The narration style of switching between the story an
Addison Children's Services
Twin sisters Arabella and Henrietta Osgood are very much alike, but also very different. For some reason, the girls' parents have always liked Arabella more than Henrietta. So has their nanny ... and all the teachers at school ... and all the kids. For the most part Henrietta doesn't mind that everyone prefers Arabella over her, because she has Arabella. But when the girls start to drift apart after an argument one day, Henrietta realizes she's tired of always being in Arabella's shadow. She dec ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
The story of two young girls, twins, but nothing alike. One twin, well liked,popular and doted on at home, the other awkward, quiet and disgruntled.

I found that the treatment of the awkward twin was very annoying and I just wanted to slap the author. No one in the household cared about the second daughter which I found very sad. I did not think that the end resolved that issue for the reader.

I did find that the way the book was written, by a mother telling a story to her daughter, was a cute w
Susan  Dunn
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was cute! Arabella and Henrietta are identical twins, although they have very different personalities. Arabella is much more vivacious and popular and gets all the attention, and Henrietta has always been in her shadow. This resentment finally boils over one day and Henrietta reacts by cutting her sister's bangs off in the middle of the night. Her horrified parents ship her off to eccentric Great Aunt Priscilla's house. Separated for the first time the girls quickly begin to miss one anothe ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
An okay book, probably aimed at older grade schoolers, with an amusing fairy tale quality, and told through the conceit of a mother relating the story to her daughter.

Twin sisters have a fight, and when one cuts the hair of the other she is sent away to live with an elderly and reclusive aunt. The remaining twin then runs away to find her.

Most of the adults are comically inept in the story, and the narrator in the audio edition has great fun portraying everyone in an over the top away. I enjoye
Cheyann Strauser
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A wonderful debut novel! I was easily engrossed by The Trouble with Twins. I loved the narration style where a grandmother was telling a story to her granddaughter. The pacing and sequencing of the story was perfectly done. The illustrations by Julia Sarda were fun to view along the way. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Miss Sarah
Two twins are treated very differently in their family. One can do no wrong and the other can do no right. What happens when one is ent away? Told in a story from a mother to a daughter about the twins adventures apart and together. Upper elementary.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nice read. Not something I enjoyed too much, but I did like it. The plot was a little bit meh at times, and it really took a while for me to get into the book. I put it down many times, but I am glad that I decided to give it another chance.
Eun Sol
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a great book!
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: twinning
Cute. Sweet. Humorous. Of course that doesn't include the parents who are just horrible. What an over reaction to what happened. So mean and cruel.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little boring but a good moral.
Small Review
Quick and enjoyable. Nice illustrations, super short chapters, funny, amusing, and endearing.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two girls one perfect and beloved (Arabella) and the other one (Henrietta) unnoticed. Henrietta decides to change things by cut Arabella's bangs, and the parents send her away! Arabella misses her sister and decides to go find her. Each girl begins a journey or trial of change and redemption. This book is unique and quirky, and we really enjoyed reading it.
Ava B
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I would recommend it to people who like mysteries. This book was about two twin sisters that would always play together after school. These two sisters, Arebella and Henreatta are very different one does not really have any friends and just sits in the corner all alone at school and the other one Arebella has so many friends and she is at parties and with her friends a lot. One day Henrietta gets upset that her sister is going to all these parties and is not home to play with ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of two identical twins with nothing in common but their love for one another. One twin is favored by the family, while the other twin is left in the cold. Finally, the scapegoat of the family can take no longer -- and the events that ensue add up to create an adventurous story.
Twin sisters Arabella and Henrietta are exceptionally close to one another, but as they grow up, Arabella takes all of their parents' attention with Henrietta being almost ignored. Arabella is more physically attractive and finds it easier to make friends while Henrietta is plainer and socially awkward. Slowly, resentment starts to build in Henrietta, and she is hurt as her sister becomes increasingly popular and neglects her. When Arabella hurts her feelings with an unkind word, she plots reven ...more
Karlyn Spevacek
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A mother narrates a tale to her young daughter of two twin sisters named Arabella and Henrietta Osgood. From birth, Arabella has always been more beautiful and bubbly compared to her serious and quiet sister Henrietta. Despite their differences, and the fact that their parents favor Arabella to an extreme, the twins are best friends. That lasts until the day that Henrietta decides to pull a stunt that gets her banished away. Unexpected adventures and a comedy of errors ensues as the twin girls a ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, twins
Since my Sweet Valley days, any title that suggests a story about twins, I am immediately drawn to it. And this fun book is a chapter book for younger readers, but one that I think will appeal to the parents of younger readers as well. There are some limited illustrations but this story of Arabella and Henrietta told within another little girl's bedtime story adds to the fun and I think will make this a fun choice for reading aloud to young listeners at bedtime, too!. It's really a surprisingly ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mother narrates the story of two twin daughters, Arabella and Henrietta, to her own daughter. Although they are similar in appearance, they have very different personalities, Arabella is neat and happy with many friends, and Henrietta is quiet and messy and friendless. The girls get along until the day when Henrietta cuts her sister's bangs and she is sent away to her Aunt Priscilla's home. Arabella eventually sets out to find Henrietta and the adventures begin. This tale has a Lemony Snicket ...more
Sarah Hay
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful story of twin sisters, Henrietta and Arabella. While they are twins they are very different people. Arabella is the 'golden child' whom everyone loves and has all the friends. Henrietta is mostly ignored, so when she acts out her parents do not hesitate to send he off to a strange spinster aunt. When Arabella begins to have disturbing dreams about her sister she decides to runaway to find her and sets of a calamitous series of events. The main story in interspersed with that ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
Ummm... Okay.

So, the writing is definitely nice and kind of reminds me of A Series of Unfortunate Events or The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. But, I didn't think the story was quite as complex and engaging as those. Also, all throughout the book, there were interruptions of conversation between a mother and daughter. It was set up like the mother was reading or telling the story to her daughter and the daughter would occasionally ask questions or assert opinions or make predictions. I
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