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Being of Two Minds

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Connie Hendricks was a typical American teen except for her dizzy spells, when she would pass out. When this happened, she entered the mind and soul of Prince Rudolph, the fourteen-year-old heir apparent of Thulgaria, a small European country. Prince Rudolph had spells too, when he entered Connie's mind and life. Everything was just fine, and their "trick" was their specia ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Fawcett (first published October 31st 1991)
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Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another Service favorite and one of the few of hers I managed to get my hands on when it first came out. It has since fallen out of print like many others. :-\

The premise *sounds* like standard science fiction fare: Connie is an American teenager, Rudy is the heir apparent to a tiny European kingdom, and they've been psychically linked ever since they can remember. That link comes in handy when Rudy's position puts him in danger. But one of my favorite things about this book is that the psychic
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this is a kid's book I've loved it for years and have read it many times. The only thing I have a complaint about is, is that it's way too short. I love the premise, two minds having a bond that can't be defined by science and how it is used to help two people. ...more
Kim Coleman
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Connie is a fourteen year old girl who experiences "episodes". she will pass out for a couple hours and her mind will connect with a fourteen year old prince living halfway around the world. for their whole life, they've been experiencing this, going back and forth between each others minds. but when Prince Rudy is kidnapped, its up to Connie to save him. little by little she puts the pieces together from what she sees from his mind.
i really enjoyed this book. it was very fun and excited but als
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A very simple, uncomplicated YA story about telepathy (sort of). I read this for the first time when I was about thirteen. I found the total lack of romance refreshing, and I enjoyed the American main character's travels in Europe. ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A favourite of my young adult years.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Connie and Rudy are two teenagers on opposite ends of the globe, but they've been connected since birth. Each one is prone to strange spells which leaves their mind inside the other's. It's a condition both of their families would like to cure, but Connie and Rudy themselves don't want it to end. But Rudy is a prince of a tiny country, and when politics intervene, their connection might be the only thing that can save him.

One thing I really appreciate about older children's books like this is th
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Childhood favorite that I re-read with my nine year old. The idea of two people, a world apart, who occasionally drop into each other's lives and see through their eyes, because of a shared birth moment and other commonalities, where one is a crown prince of a tiny European country and the other a normal American girl in suburban Chicago, has always appealed to me. Add in a kidnapping and desperate rescue attempt, and it's unputdownable. ...more
Alison Beechner
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
One of my fave books as a kid, I used to check it out from the library over and over.
Sophia Renner
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, question-bringing, and satisfying to the reader! By far one of my favorite reads!
Katie Cook
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recs-from-dee
Rare to find a story whose plot interests me enough that I don't even care who the characters are, or that they're barely more than names. This story's plot riveted me. ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Connie and Prince Rudolph have a curious connection: Though they've never met in person, they spend time in each other's heads. Having been born at the exact same time, they've had a lifelong experience of regularly scheduled blackouts in which they seem passed out in their everyday life but are actually conscious in the other person's head, looking out through their eyes (though there is no exchange of thoughts). These two kids grow up with this being part of life, and they learn about each oth ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This book's premise is a little bizarre, and I didn't really mind that it was never explained "how" or "why." (Main character Connie has fairly predictable blackouts in which her consciousness enters Prince Rudolph's mind across the ocean, where she's an observer for a short time before waking up again. Rudolph has the same deal where he travels to her mind. They've lived with it since they can remember and have determined they were born at the same exact time.) Part of the story is just about h ...more
Juniper Shore
This was one of my favorite books as a teenager, and I'm sorry that it's so hard to find nowadays. As another reviewer has noted, the lack of romance is a major relief. For once, two teenagers can cooperate without the faintest hint of lovemaking in the air.

The plot is implausible, but that's okay because the real story is in the characters--their longstanding secret relationship, their attempts to meet in person, and finally their close teamwork to foil the villains. It's a sweet book, with ple
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Y'all I was lying awake 2 nights ago and this book popped into my head because I remembered that the kidnapping in this book took place when Connie was chilling in Rudolph's mind while he was asleep. And I made it my quest to find out the name of it, and Google helped me out. I probably read this book in like 1997. Holllla for weird late-night thoughts. ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Just thought of this book today for some reason. I loved it as an early teenager but haven't read it for many years so I can't really comment too much on how good it really is. Interesting plot idea for sure. ...more
Oct 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, sci-fi, own
Read December 2011.

Read November 1, 2007:
I remember reading and re-reading this book so many times. It is similar in tone to Andre Norton's The Prince Commands, and they are both similar to Prisoner of Zenda.

I just wish it were longer or had a sequel.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars. A very interesting concept not written as well as it could have been. The writing feels like a middle grade novel and yet the protagonists are teens. They also act younger than their ages and their dialogue isn't really realistic at all. ...more
For a book that's aimed at children, "Being of Two Minds" by Pamela F. Service, does a fine job acting as a gateway to speculative fiction for young readers. Even for those who've long been a reader of the genre, would find this to be a easy and fun read. ...more
Uziah Mcdonlald
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is so cool i love this read in 2 days i might read again :)
Autumn Renae
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book, but short. I really enjoyed the way she made the characters fit so well together...
Oct 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-lit, 2006
Saved it from the weeding pile, ended up weeding it anyway. No great shakes.
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
its not very realistic but the story is gud
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Born in Berkeley, California, Pamela F. Service grew up loving to hear, read, and tell stories - particularly about weird stuff. Pamela earned a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley followed by an MA in history and archaeology from the University of London.

She spent many years living in Bloomington, Indiana, writing, serving on the city council, and being curator of a history museum. She has

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