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The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other)
ISBN: 9780316315975
Author: Rodkey, Geoff
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Published: May 2016
Retail: $5.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: This bestselling first book in the Tapper Twins series is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world, told as a colorful "oral history" with photos, screenshots, text messages, chat logs, and online gaming digital art.

Twelve-year-old twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war. But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly declared "This uproarious series opener... is packed with both laugh-out-loud moments and heart."
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
Twins; Fiction.
Practical jokes; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2014015918
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Tapper Twins
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Social Issues, Chapter Books
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
It all started with a toaster pastry. Twelve-year-old twins Claudia and Reese get into a comical battle that rages across home, their New York City prep school, and the internet. Commentary from the twins, texts between their parents, internet chat, game transcripts, photographs, and doodles will keep readers' attention, but it's the twins' authentic middle-school voices that carry the book.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 February #1)

Even the trigger for this "war" between two New York City twins is up for debate, because 12-year-olds Claudia and Reese Tapper can't agree on anything. But after Reese accuses Claudia of farting in the crowded sixth-grade cafeteria for all to hear, including Claudia's (shh, don't tell) crush, she is out for revenge. After a few amusing false starts, such as hiding a dead fish in Reese's backpack (he doesn't really notice the smell), Claudia realizes that she needs to hit Reese where it hurts: the empire he's built in his beloved, Minecraft-esque online game. Constructed through photos, text messages, interviews transcripts, screenshots, and more, the book is conceived as an oral history, and the documentary format allows the Tapper twins, their parents, friends, and private-school setting to spring to life. Rodkey (the Chronicles of Egg series) clearly knows his audience, as well as the love that (usually) hides underneath sibling warfare. The clear-cut winners are readers of this uproarious series opener, which is packed with both laugh-out-loud moments and heart. Ages 8–12. Agent: Josh Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 January)

Gr 4–6—What's wrong with a little pranking among siblings? Things couldn't possibly escalate, could they? Twelve-year-old twins Claudia and Reese Tapper live on the Upper West Side of New York City with their rather clueless, professional parents and a nice but also clueless nanny. In an effort to examine the events that led up to a full-scale war between the twins, Claudia decides to interview the combatants as well as a variety of allies and enemies, bystanders, and parents. The result is this "oral" history transcript complete with text messages, photographs, emails, and gaming chat logs. Like any self-respecting millennial, Claudia consults Wikipedia about war and sees parallels between World War I and her battles with Reese. And to think it all started with a misappropriated toaster cake. While there is plenty of hilarity, readers will experience many little pings of recognition; the dynamics between siblings and schoolmates rings true. Rodkey keeps the action moving and relatively light while maintaining a laser-beamlike eye on the complicated bond of twins, navigating the minefield that is middle school without judgment or didacticism. Fragile egos, misunderstandings, and actions that seemed like a good idea at the time are laid out in an engaging format that will be appealing to tween digital natives and fans of "Origami Yoda" (Abrams) and "Charlie Joe Jackson" (Roaring Brook). A fine beginning to a funny, new middle grade series.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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