Double Vision (Twintuition #1)
This book had several strengths. First of all, it is great to see a magical realism book with culturally diverse characters. Too many fantasy books deal with stereotypical main characters—white, middle class, academically focused. Caitlyn and Cassie are African-American, their family is struggling financially, and the girls have distinct interests.
I also liked that the magic was clearly evident, but not overly explained. We learn about the twins’ powers as they do, so there’s no heavy description of what’s going on to weigh the story down. We do eventually get more reasons as to why the twins have their powers, but it’s fun to read as they are surprised by their visions and abilities.
The dusty, small town setting of this, as well as the depiction of the mother, is what make this a solid middle grade read. Even though the girls don’t want to be away from their hometown, they manage to settle in to a new place so that they can be supportive of their mother. That kind of family dynamic is sadly missing in many middle grade books. Twintuition is a refreshing blend of magic, middle school drama, and sisterly love. I’ll be watching for the next book in the series with interest.