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(Twins #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,885 ratings  ·  428 reviews
Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Graphix
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么OLYMPUS From what I know of, it is coming. When? Idk. But it will be a book 2. :)

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Alice Oseman
I was lucky enough to be on a panel with Varian and Shannon earlier this year so I was very excited to read this! Such a fun and heart-warming graphic novel about two twins navigating middle school and forming their own identities, figuring out how to be individuals and not just 'twins'. The story spotlights young Black teens not only in its two protagonists but also in its supporting cast, which is really wonderful to see and something MG/YA graphic novels need more of! ...more
Kate Olson
If you know a 3rd - 6th grader who loves realistic fiction graphic novels, THIS is the book they need this year ❤️ one of my favorites ever!
Lorie Barber
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I’m a twin.
Fuller disclosure: that’s not why I bought this book.
I’ve read everything Varian Johnson has written, from The Great Greene Heist to The Parker Inheritance. And in every book Varian Johnson has written, I have discovered deeply developed characters, surprising plots and problems, and relatable stories to which all kids can relate. But most of all, I’ve found Black characters who are in stories not because they’re Black, but because it’s who they are. The normalizati
Ms. Woc Reader
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-lead
This graphic novel is super cute. And I think this would actually be great for reluctant young readers who struggle to stay focused on chapter books.

Twins follows twin sister who are starting middle school and branching out to be their own separate people. While Fran is all for being seen as an induvial Maureen is reluctant and struggling. This book features common middle school struggles like new friends, crushes, not being the best in class, etc. I also liked the family dynamic which not only
Rod Brown
Coming into this, I was a bit burned out on twin sister stories where one is the introvert and the other is the social butterfly having read Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga just last week and yesterday. So I was slow to warm up to Twins, but the characters and solid writing and art of this middle school drama won me over.

As in Fangirl, a rift opens up between twin sisters when the outgoing one wants more independence, leaving the shy one to flounder on her own as she trie
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
A DELIGHTFUL story about sisters. Maureen and Francine discover how to differentiate from one another, shakily at first, and that even though they're twins and best friends, there's always more to learn and understand about one another. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Francine and Maureen feel differently about starting middle school; Francine is reinventing herself, going by "Fran"and rocking a hat an funky t shirt on the first day. Maureen is scared and misses the security of elementary school, where she was the top student in the fifth grade. Maureen is also upset that she has Cadet Corps instead of gym, like Francine does, and is assigned a lunch where she doesn't know anyone. When Maureen finds out why she and her sister g
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was adorable. I loved this.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding myself with an early copy of one of the most anticipated middle grade books of the fall was a dream come true in itself, but reading it & falling in love with this sister duo via graphic novel form was a huge bonus. Preorder TWINS by @varianjohnson & @shannondrewthis- out 10.06.20!
Colleen Oakes
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
While I normally read only earth-shattering graphic novels that land on Best of Year Lists, I grabbed this one on a whim and I'm glad I did. It was adorable and sweet, and while it didn't have the emotional punch or depth of New Kid, Hey Kiddo or Scattered Stars, it was a instead a light-hearted, delightful and well-constructed middle grade graphic novel with art to match.

Highly recommend for the middle grade reader in your life.

This comic was everything I didn't even know I needed. I know I say this a lot, but it’s true. I was expecting something completely different. I was expecting a silly battle between twins. I got so much more. It was a coming of age story. It was a web of family secrets! Buahahaha!! Not that dramatic. They were all white lies. All told to “protect” the other family member. But at the end of the day any secret no matter how well intentioned is still a secret and hurts. It was wholesome and sweet.
Mary Lee
I'm predicting that this book will not stay on my shelves! The competition between the twin sisters, the family dynamics, the middle school is all very relatable. ...more
OK this is great, the art is adorable and it is easy to both 1) tell Francine and Maureen apart but also 2) tell that they are identical twins. I think a lot of tween readers will find this sibling rivalry really relatable and it's easy to symphatize with both twins and to see how it would be hard to be both "the smart shy twin" and "the outgoing, friendly [but less smart] twin".

one lil quibble I have is that I kind of wish the activity that made Maureen start to get out of her shell was JROTC?
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun story about the first year of middle school and twins trying to find their places. Full of friendship, crush, and school election drama. Hand this to fans of the graphic novels of Raina Telgemeier, Shannon Hale, or Jennifer Holm.
Lesley Burnap
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Middle is school is terrifying enough, but without your twin sister by your side? Great story for learning about the pitfalls and rewards from gaining independence from your family.
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Varian Johnson’s new graphic novel is simply a delight! I loved following Maureen and Francine — and am really hoping we get a few more books about them. I would love to follow them all the way to high school! Twins is a sensitive look at the search for identity especially common for identical twins who want to be their own person while still preserving their unbreakable bond with their closest relative and friend. This book also highlights common middle school struggles, crushes, and navigating ...more
Laura Gardner
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
hanks to @scholasticinc for the free ARC to share with #kidlitexchange ! This new graphic novel by @mrvarianjohnson comes out 10/6!
It's hard to differentiate yourself from your siblings, but even harder when that sibling is your identical twin. Maureen and Francine Carter have always been twins and best friends, but now that middle school is starting, Fran is pulling away from her sister by dressing differently, taking different classes, and going by a new hip name. Maureen is confused -- why
Melanie Dulaney
Prose writer Varian Johnson (award-winning “Parker Inheritance” and others) teams up with artist Shannon Wright (picture book illustrator) in their debut graphic novel! Francine and Maureen are identical twins who have always done everything together. But sixth grade brings unexpected and very different class schedules for the girls, followed by differing interests and their own friends. When Maureen discovers that not sharing all classes was a private request made by Francine, now known as “Fra ...more
Connie T.
When the twins start middle school, Fran see it as an opportunity to forge her own identity, separate from Maureen. But this makes Maureen feel confused and abandoned. Then student council elections add to the friction, bringing things to a head. Harsh words are exchanged but they ultimately help clear the air and bring about understanding. In the end, the girls respect each other more and are confident enough to explore their identities as distinct individuals.

Being a twin himself, Varian Johns
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I really enjoyed this. The artwork is fantastic and I really liked the plot of twin sisters drifting apart. Maureen and Francine felt real. They were bratty and selfish but also loving and compassionate. I do wish that the story had been split between Maureen and Francine as I would’ve loved to see how everything was going from Francine’s point of view. The parents were great, especially the dad. He was pretty funny. Everything wrapped up really quickly but it was nice. This was such a ...more
moon ✿
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
this book was quite the comfort read !! the pictures and story were so well done and it was easy to fall in love with both of the main characters <3 it was hard not to root for them both
i also liked how the authors casually worked important discussions about race and racism into a children’s graphic novel. kids and pre-teens need to have these conversations too, because kids and pre-teens also experience discrimination.
Heather Lander
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucy grabbed this from me before I had the chance to read it. She sat and read the whole thing in a day (she's 7), we couldn't pull her away. She was excited to talk to me about it. I read it a couple of days later. When she saw me reading it she told me, "don't take that back yet because I want to read it again". It was awesome. ...more
Tara Ethridge
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a 5-star graphic novel that I know will be hugely popular in our school. Francine and Maureen have always done everything together as twins, but when they enter middle school, they don't have all their classes together and Francine (who now wants to be called Fran) is pulling away. Their differences feel greater as they are growing older. So much about this book is so incredibly poignant, real and beautiful. Competition, crushes, insecurity, and their parents were great supporting cha ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
so cute! the art is a perfect fit for the story
Juli Anna
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit, comics
I'm generally a hard sell on modern realist fiction for kids, including graphic novels. But this book is exceptional. Johnson's characters are flawed, but nuanced, including subtle treatments of supporting characters. I love simple stories that are pared right down to the emotional crux, and this is certainly one--there aren't too many side plots or distractions from this masterful story of sibling growth, separation, and connection. ...more
I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releasing 10/6/20

Twins Maureen and Francine always did everything together. But as they start six grade Francine begins showing signs of wanting to be her own self. Unsure of how to navigate this change Maureen makes decisions of her own that drive the sisters further apart.

The desire to know how the twins work through their differences and disagreements kept me glued to
Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends...but when they start middle school, Francine doesn't only want to be known as one of the "Carter twins". As each girl tries to navigate middle school and find their own hobbies and friends, they have some bumps in their friendship. However, their relationship becomes even more strained when they both run for class president. Both girls need to find the confidence they need to run, and the empathy and love to support one another.

A cute story
I got the ARC for this book at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, one of the last events I attended before social distancing took effect.
Honestly, I got the book for three reasons. 1 - The publisher was giving away free copies. 2 - I've met Varian Johnson and liked him. 3 - I've had identical twins in the (same) classroom before; I may have them again and I want books for them to connect to.
To my great delight, I loved the book. Not all of the book was inked and colored in but I was still draw
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Twin sisters Maureen and Francine are going into sixth grade, and that's not the only thing that's new-- Francine has decided to go by Fran, and wants to distance herself from Maureen at school to be recognized as an individual person, apart from being a twin. This is tough for shy Maureen, who's nervous enough already about middle school! When they end up campaigning against each other for class president, the rift between them becomes bigger than they ever thought possible. Family feuds, chang ...more
Hannah H
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, tween, feel-good
Received an ARC so I could share it with fellow staff that work with tweens at my library.

This is a really fun book! The illustrations are enjoyable and I fell like I got to know Maureen and Francine really well. Twins feels different enough from other MG graphic novels school stories about growing up, fitting in, etc. that it isn't repetitive and brings something new to the genre. It's also great to see authentic diversity in its characters.
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