Double Vision (Twintuition #1)

Double Vision (Twintuition #1)
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April 21, 2015
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Cassie and Caitlyn Waters may be identical twins, but everything else about them is completely different. The only thing they can agree on is that neither of them is happy that they have to move to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas. Caitlyn tries to put a positive spin on getting a fresh start, but Cassie's busy plotting how to convince their mom they should move back to the big city as quickly as possible. But being the new kids isn't their only challenge. As the girls' birthday nears, they start experiencing strange visions—and what they see starts coming true! Caitlyn and Cassie first use this new sight for their own fun, but when they each see something serious, the twins must work together to change the future before it can happen.

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Twins Caitlyn and Cassie move from San Antonio to the small town of Aura, Texas because their mother has been hired by the police force there. When their mother was in the army, they moved around a lot, so the girls wanted to stay in San Antonio. They certainly didn't want to move to a small town and live in a small rundown house. When the kids in school are mean, and both girls start to have weird visions, they are more determined than ever to go back "home", especially when a boy in their class claims that their mother "took" his uncles' job. Despite their differences in dealing with their difficulties, the girls want to help out their mom. Can their visions be changed before bad things happen?

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.
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