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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,208 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Are you a troubletwister?

Jaide and Jack Shield's lives are changing in a very, very strange way. The weather is turning against them. Magical disasters occur when they're around. And a mysterious explosion has just destroyed their house...from the inside.

Without knowing why, the twins are stolen away to live with Grandma X -- a relative they've never, ever met. At Grandma
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This type of book has a number of conventions. They aren't universally followed, but still, I think it's fair to say they exist. One of these is that the kids should prevail through their own efforts. Or put another way, adults can't do it for them. Which leads to a problem; how to get rid of the parents! This is one reason why orphans are a cliche of this type of literature. (Another is that orphans are easy to make into Protagonists with a Hidden Destiny (PHDs).) Another widely deployed method ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Alright, first off I should probably admit that I never finished the book. I read a little over 100 pages in and gave up, although I flicked through in case anything amazing suddenly happened (it didn't). I feel that by 100 pages, the author should have delivered something to make the reader want to continue reading. I don't want to have to force myself to finish a book, that's stupid. So what was the problem?

Well, to start off with it was painfully condescending. I can't help but feel that the
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ooh, not sure what's happened to Garth Nix lately. I have a hunch he's trying to churn out too many books too quickly. I still haven't forgiven him for pausing 'Keys to the Kingdom' before the end so that he could start a whole new series(which I have to say pretty much bombed in the library). I'd just qualify that by saying that Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen remain some of my favourite books of all time, so maybe I'm expecting too much here.

But Trouble Twisters just didn't grab me at all. The ba
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll you a secret. I love it when I sit down to write a book review and I have a great story of what happened when I purchased the book. This review starts off with a fun one. I purchased Troubletwisters a little while back from a popular department store near my home. As I was taking it (and a few other items beside,) through the checkouts, the checkout operator paused, looked at the book and asked me if I thought it was any good. (Of course I did. Why else would I be bothering to read it?) Any ...more
Clare Cannon
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 08-12yrs
This the first book of new fantasy series for young readers. While there is a lot of action (the good kids learning about their new gifts and fighting the great Evil), the story takes a while to build and requires a little perseverance. Confident younger readers looking for something new should find it engaging, since most of the action is aimed at 9-12 year olds, with the young protagonists (brother and sister twins) running from animals and trying to keep up the courage to fight instead of giv ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Y’all, Garth Nix knows how to write a prologue, or at least I’m going to assume Nix wrote the prologue, but hey, it could have been Sean Williams. Anyways, with middle graders, you have to hook them and reel them in. Troubletwisters definitely begins with a bang-literally. Jaide and Jack Shields are twins. (Sidebar: I think twins are a trend in MG SFF) Their dad is about to return from a business trip and they are watching. With excitement, they bring his bag upstairs, touch a metal rod and all ...more
Jordan Funke
Pretty disappointing. Pretty predictable. Pretty unoriginal.
Hannah Belyea
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
After their house is destroyed by a freak strike of lightning, Jack and Jaide move in with Grandma X while their mother gets a new job - only to find strange powers evolving inside them, ones that will be the only thing keeping them safe from a growing darkness spreading through the town...Nix begins a new and charming series with this adventurous and humorous book that is sure to please young readers. Just what can Jack and Jaide do with these odd new abilities?
Delaney Kramer
Troubletwisters by Garth Nix shows the story of two twelve year old twins who have nothing in common, except for one thing. They are both Troubletwisters. Their lives are starting to change and the weather is turning against them. They have to leave their home and go live with Grandma X, who they have never met before. Things at her house are very werid, and they don’t know what it going on. Cats start talking, doors appear and disappear, and they find that Grandma X has an army of white eyed ra ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I have always loved Garth Nix's books. SABRIEL and its sequels might be my favorites, but I was never disappointed. I continued to read The Keys to the Kingdom series even though I was rather old for it because I wanted to know how Arthur solved his problems. I've never read anything by Sean Williams before, but I haven't heard bad things and I've had excellent luck with Australian authors.

TROUBLETWISTERS, strangely, didn't quite work for me. It's the tale of twins Jaide and Jack, who go to live
Wee Shubba's World
Thank you to Egmont for giving me this chance to read read the arc copy of this novel.

Troubletwister is a fun read about twins Jack and Jaide as they embarked on adventure that changes their lives. They are forced to go live with their Grandma after their house is detroyed and thats were the story really gets going. They two characters are just fantastic, they are very likeable. They are very quick on the mark that there is something about Grandma X and they are determind to find out what. Jaid
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
It has always annoyed me when adults are dismissive of a child's question. "Don't worry about that." "I'll tell you later." "Some day you'll understand." "I don't have time to talk." It's bad enough in real life, but there's no excuse for writing these responses into a middle-grade book. If you don't want the reader to know, just don't bring up the question.

Another pet peeve: "You have no choice"/"I have no choice." Part of what makes a story interesting is what choices the characters make -- fo
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth-fiction
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Ms. Yingling
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jack and Jaide's house blows up after a weird series of events and an invitation from their previously unknown Grandma X, so of course their mother takes them off to live at her house while theirs is being rebuilt. Their father is off working, and their mother also gets a job that takes her away from home, leaving them to find weird happenings at their grandmother's house. Why will no one tell them what "troubletwisters" are? Why can they see things others can't? Why does their grandmother's cat ...more
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jaide and Jack are waiting for Dad to come home. When his suitcase falls open and they pick up a metal rod the house explodes and a series of events happen that sends them to Grandma X’s house. They are troubletwisters and must learn to control their powers. The problem is no one really wants to tell them exactly what those powers are or how to control them. When the evil villian threatens to take over their minds and bodies they are forced to teach themselves with a little help from two talking ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Jack and Jaide are rambunctious twelve-year-old twins whose father is rarely home. Then one day he returns in a bolt of lightning, and their house is destroyed. The twins go to stay with their mysterious grandmother, who talks to her cats and can make them forget things with hot cocoa. They're not sure they can trust Grandma X--but it seems that an equally mysterious, far more frightening magical force is after them, and she may be their only ally.

Definitely the worst book Nix has ever written.
Carla Ehrenreich
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked that the characters didn't just get everything handed to them. And they weren't pronounced the greatest troubletwisters ever known. They had problems and significant when Jaide tried to get to the lighthouse by flying and ended up getting attacked by the birds. And the fact that they suspect their grandmother as someone who is not acting in their best interests. because she is obviously lieing to them and the excused of the adults about not telling them anything because too ...more
Sue Bursztynski
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very readable old-fashioned children's adventure, which I believe was the whole point of the exercise, i.e. to write a story of the kind the authors read when they were kids. You know the kind: the kids go to stay with their grandmother - in this case because their house blew up unexpectedly, Dad has mysteriously had to go somewhere and Mum's job needs her to be away for several days, getting rid of the parents, then. eventually, the grandmother, leaving the kids and the talking cats to battle s ...more
Celesta Thiessen
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I really loved the Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix. I won't be reading any more of this series though. I think it was too creepy/disgusting, with much of the book focused on 'the evil' which manifested itself through bugs/rats etc, burrowing into each other and trying to envelop the children. There was even a woman who was taken over by the evil and had rats and bugs burrowed into her skin. A little to sick for my reading enjoyment and I think it was a little too intense for the intended targe ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Kain Year 9

The Trouble twisters is an invigorating book that keeps you hooked on every page, from the first to the last, one of the best things about this book is the way it’s written. Its written so that it keeps you trying to guess how the hero or heroine gets out of that situation, it also leaves you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what will happen to the main characters.

It’s the first of a series and I look forward to number 2.
Adele Broadbent
With both a boy and girl protagonist (twelve year old twins Jaide and Jack), this series will appeal to all readers.

It’s got a touch of ‘Harry Potter’, a pinch of ‘Poltergiest’, a hint of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ and tons of creepy creatures in the fight of Good versus Evil…… and I especially liked the talking cats. 
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Trouble Twisters by Garth Nix is an action packed book, filled with adventure and mystery. Throughout the book, we learn twins Jadie and Jack have powers that they never thought possible. They also learn that evil can take many forms and secretes about their family slowly unravels.
Susan Allegrini
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book.It was fun and easy to read,good for kids with a great imagination!
Erin Pauley
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was not really what I was expecting and I am not sure I'm into it but I will give the next one a go. ...more
Kim Engle
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The book possibly could be okay for kids and they may enjoy it. I love reading middle-grade NYA along with adult books. this one did not pull me in and I would not continue reading in the series I don't believe. I read the back of the book and it says that the kids did not know they were trouble twisters, but then the book begins in immediately they're being called trouble twisters constantly. So I guess maybe what it meant to they didn't know what trouble twisters meant, but they were always ca ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think if I had been in the intended target age group, I'd have liked this one, but as an adult, it was really just kind of boring. The first half dragged pretty terribly. Also, the protagonists are twins, and the authors would always feel the need to remind us all the ways in which they were different. Every time they told us what one twin was doing, thinking, feeling, or anything, they would immediately follow it up with a contrasting description of the other twin. "Jaide liked such and such. ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although I love Nix’s Old Kingdom books, unfortunately I’ve not been a fan of his “children’s” books so far. I read all of the Keys to the Kingdom books, which I enjoyed up to a point but ultimately fell flat for me. With “Troubletwisters,” I feel similarly. There is huge, unexplainable magic; a huge, unexplainable evil (here simply called “the evil”), and some plucky kids that get into all kinds of magical trouble. The concept was interesting, but in execution it felt repetitive and I was mostl ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a great mix of comedy, action, mystery, thriller, etc. I personally liked this book for all of the images it put inside my head, it definately left me on the edge of my seat. I hope that you like this books. the one eyed gladiators might scare you. jhgfjufjuyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyfyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of the books I bought at a fair just because I saw the complete series while rummaging through the piles. Or so I thought. Apparently, there is a fourth one.

I think the premise was good and I particularly like that they are twins. I like the talking cats, too. But it lost me somewhere along the way.

Maybe it's because the whole book happened in maybe three days - minus the travel time from their home to Portland. Or maybe because the most interesting character for me was Custer and he
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.


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