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Double Act

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  14,390 Ratings  ·  433 Reviews
No one can ever be like a mother to us, especially not stupid frizzy dizzy Rose! Ruby and Garnet are 10-year-old identical twins. They do everything together, especially since their mom died three years ago. Can being a double act work forever? Especially when their father starts dating again?
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Transworld Publishers (first published 1995)
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Christopher Kronyak This book was only written by one author, but it was illustrated by two people. Nick Sharratt illustrated for Ruby and Sue Heap illustrated for…moreThis book was only written by one author, but it was illustrated by two people. Nick Sharratt illustrated for Ruby and Sue Heap illustrated for Garnet.(less)
Saumya Chaudhry Reading is a spreading disease. Once you pick up a good book (like this;)) you can't just stop.

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Megan Baxter
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh, what I will read in the chase for that elusive and dubious honour of having read all the BBC's Big Read books. (I have 13 more to go!) If not for that, I probably never would have discovered Jacqueline Wilson - I missed these books when I was young, and they're not the sort of things I would have otherwise stumbled upon as an adult.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the mean
May 11, 2007 rated it liked it
A lot of people loved Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson. Regarded by many as being one of her better written titles, it's still popular nearly twenty years after it was first published.

In fact, I've seen a lot of people lately clamouring for a sequel. "What,' they ask, "happened to the twins afterwards?"

But as for me, I don't want to know. I'm not interested in a Double Act sequel, for one perfectly good reason.

Ruby will probably end up dead.

After you've finished reading that sentence a few times
Joey Woolfardis
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

Better than her other tripe but still a bit naff. Full review to follow.

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I got this book as a Christmas present from my mother. It was kind of a joke because I have a twin sister and my mother knows I like to read a lot. It's a short book and quick to read, so it was the first of the books I got this Christmas, that I decided to read.


This book was exactly what I expected it to be. A fun story with and important theme about growing up and finding one's own identity. I can imagine I would have liked it a lot when I was younger. It still had some appeal
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read when i was very young. Was nice to read again.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jacqueline Wilson books because they don't shy away from real life. She gets deals with real things many kids go through on a daily basis, in an easy to understand way and accessible way. This book is about identity. How to be yourself when you are considered by all (even yourself) to be inextricably part of a pair. This is true for all relationships - not just the identical twin stars of this book. It also touches on a new member joining a family (after a loss). As an adult reader I was ...more
Saadia Munshi
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Double act by Jacqueline Wilson

This book is about two young twins Ruby (the lively confident one) and Garnet ( the shy quiet one). It appears that ruby is the twin that makes all the decisions and it is Garnet that follows her lead. Whilst the the two were young their mother died which resulted in them and their dad moving in with their gran.

Sooner their dad meets a someone called rose and they end up moving to the village to open a book shop, much to the annoyance of the twin girls and their gr
Lisa Smith
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a big Jacqueline Wilson fan and as a child read her books continuously, over and over again. Double Act is about 2 twins and there mum died when they where little and they live with their dad and Nan. But one day her dad comes home saying he has met this lady called Rose. The twins Ruby and Garnet hate her the first time she sees her, which is when their dad brings her home to have tea, out off the blue and their Nan tried her best to be nice to Rose. Then her dad suddenly announced that th ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
I really enjoyed this book when I was going through my Jackie Wilson phase. I think I perhaps read it four or five times throughout my childhood and early teenage years. I also recall listening to the fantastic audio book on tape!

Ruby and Garnet are identical twins, but couldn't be more different. They live with their dad and stepmother, their own mum having died some time before. Wilson is an expert at creating realistic characters and is probably the closest thing you can get to actual being
Hi everyone! My first book review is on Jacquline Wilson’s Double Act. As a child I was never a big fan of the Jacquline Wilson books; I found her “matter-of-fact” attitude towards reality somewhat bleak. I was therefore pleasantly surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Double Act.

The Double Act is about ten year old identical twins Ruby and Garnet who are exactly the same! Or are they? They look the same, act the same and weigh the same and yet their personalities are very different.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Wilson is great at making realistic characters that you can quickly come to term with, giving realistic reactions to events.

Her books are great at getting children to really think about actions and their consequences, really opening the eyes of children to the world. Some of her books are sensitive reads yet they are all great at sending life messages to children.

I feel as though Wilson books are a must in the lives of young children, a way of opening their eyes to the real world in the right wa
Lisa Brunton
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much, it really shows different personalities and can teach younger children to not let their differences with their friends or family get in the way of achieving their dreams.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whenever I start to feel like a dusty old lady, I know it’s time to transport myself back to childhood by picking up something I read ferociously a thousand times, and loved. Wilson (alongside Dahl and Blyton) is the perfect go-to for this type of behaviour.

Although I probably read this in a fraction of the time it would have taken me twenty (ouch) years ago, it absolutely hasn’t lost its gorgeous charm. Wilson is a master of creativity, telling us the story of the twins straight from their own
David Gas
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy interesante acerca de dos gemelas y su familia.
Los personajes principales muestran muy claramente su personalidad y son divertidas y vivarachas.
En algunos momentos es un libro triste, pero muy interesante para niñ@s a partir de 8 años aproximadamente.
Como pega (bajo mi humilde opinion), el hecho de que sea una traducción fiel a los escenarios y culturas inglesas. Al ser tan fiel al original, algunos detalles o localizaciones se escapan a l@s lector@s de esa edad y a cualquiera qu
It's a great premise and is well executed. Twin girls who are polar opposites but who rely on each other, Ruby and Garnet are faced with upheaval when their widower father finds a new girlfriend and uproots them to move to a bookshop in the country.
They struggled to come to terms with change, their own different desires and with their own individual identities.
It's a great story for kids, with engaging (but often frustrating) child narrators who each write in their own style with their own sla
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruby dan Garnet adalah saudara kembar. Mereka selalu bersama-sama. Melakukan apa pun bersama-sama. Ruby cenderung tomboi dan pembangkang, Garnet melankolis dan manis. Ruby menyukai akting, Garnet menyukai buku. Mereka tinggal bersama Dad dan Gran. Mum sudah 3 tahun meninggal. Namun mereka sekeluarga hidup bahagia bersama.

Tapi segalanya berbeda ketika Rose datang dalam kehidupan mereka. Rose itu pacar Dad. Ruby dan Garnet membenci Rose karena dialah yang membawa perubahan dalam kehidupan mereka.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book's cover was really colorful which also made me pick it.
Thanks to Oumie.This book has a lot of illustrations which made it a good book to read.

Sometimes the illustrations made me and my friends, Oumie LOL!!!

This book was basically about 2 identical twins who are motherless. They look the same but have different personalities. Ruby is the oldest twin and Garnet is younger. So remember that!!! Ruby and Garnet always stick to each other and Ruby's the one who bosses Garnet around. Ruby li
Melissa Cooney
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ruby and Garnet Barker are ten year old identical twins who live with their dad and grandmother following the death of their mother. The girls are each other’s best friend and believe they will stay together forever. They tell us their story through a series of both entertaining and emotional diary style entries in their ‘accounts book’.
The girls are inseparable, always dressing the same and even have their own special made up language of words and signs only they know. However, although identi
Narin Kim
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I believe that this book would be really relatable for a twin. As a fan of Jaqueline Wilson's books, Double Act is one of my favorites. The book has described the rivalry and caring between two twin sisters very well, and it shows the good and bad for being a twin. Having a twin sister/brother means there is always someone next to you to keep you company, but it could also mean that they have to learn to become an independent person too. The twin shown in the book Double Act has grown up basical ...more
Harriet Hunt
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Double Act follows the lives of identical twins Ruby and Garnet Barker. Ruby is the dominant twin, born 20 minutes before Garnet, and dreams of being an actress. Garnet is much more timid and prefers to let Ruby take the limelight while she focuses on her studies. However, despite their differences they are best friends and love being twins and spooking people out by doing exactly the same things all the time! Sadly, Ruby and Garnet's mum died when they were little so they live with their Dad an ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book when I was growing up, I cannot recall the amount of times I read it! While the title of this book is 'Double Act' both Ruby and Garnet could not be more different. Ruby is loud, lively and ambitious. Garnet is quiet, clever and thoughtful. But despite being total opposites in personality, they're still the best of friends. The Girls mother died when they were young and so they live with their Dad and their Gran. Their father has a new girlfriend Rose who the girls ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson is about ten year old identical twins called Ruby and Garnet. These twins do quite literally everything together, however since the death of their mother things are constantly changing around them. In the story Dad meets a new woman and the girls find themselves having to adapt to the changes of moving house and making friends in a new a school. The girls find themselves coping with these changes differently and begin to question whether being a double act will re ...more
Danielle Siddon
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book about two twins. One of the twins is very smart her name is Garnet and the other is called Ruby. There are very few people that can tell them apart. When they were babies their mother passed away. A few years later their Dad meets up with a woman named Rose. The twins hate her, and so does their gran. Ruby & Garnet adore their gran but one day they had to leave her and they were very upset and angered by this. They plot to see the back of Rose. The book is action-packed and ex ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
The cover of the book is brightly coloured which made me pick it up as I thought it looked a fun book to read.
The story is about a set of twins and their life and what they think and feel.
Although they are very different in how they dress and how they think they support each other and have been through a great deal together.
It can be quite sad in places but it is really funny too. I think it can be read by 9-15 year olds.
I like the way that not all the pages are full of words and have really
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: british
This one was okay but not too memorable to me. I didn't really like the back and forth twin dialouge. I think I would have rather heard the story from Garnet's p.o.v. But as usual I loved the illustrations.
Charlotte Jones
This is definitely a book that I don't think transcends age ranges unlike some other children's books. I didn't really like the characters and although the morals and messages were strong, I didn't enjoy this book.
Isabel Stowe
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this book was very good because it wasn't to long and each chapter they had something exciting. I liked how it didn't have to many characters because it becomes to complicated. I liked how the ending ended up being happy and they finally separate and both do something without their twin.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing you should read it.
Noelle Younger
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Noelle Younger
Sept. 9, 2017

The main characters in Double Act is Ruby and Garnet, they are twins and can’t live without each other! The twins mom died and their dad has a new girlfriend named Rose. A little later in the book the twins, their dad, and Rose moved a couple hours away. They hated it, they didn’t fit in at all. The twins ran off to London to audition for a twin part in a movie. Garnet was going to go to a new fancy school. But then decided not to go because she didn’t
Naqibah Noor
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-faves
This is the first novel I've ever read! I was eight then. I grew up reading a lot of Jacqueline Wilson books. They usually cover the themes of adoption, separation, divorce, mental illnesses and death of a loved one. Reading her work always felt like I was exploring all sorts of problems people have to deal with at home. I started reading them at such a young age and I was so deeply invested in the stories. It really did play a role on shaping me as a growing child. When children start to explor ...more
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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