Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
Summary: Jake and Lily are not just brother and sister – they are twins. They have always been there for each other and shared a special bond until one day Jake decides he wants to be his own person. What’s a twin to do?
What I liked about the book: Last year my school had 17 sets of twins. This upcoming school year we will have just as many, maybe more. So I’ve been on a search for twin stories to add to our collection. You can always count on Spinelli for a good read. He paints a humorous story about the challenges siblings (and especially twins) face. Young readers will enjoy Lily’s adventures and will sympathize with Jake’s wish to have his own identity while understanding Lily’s sense of betrayal when Jake wants to find his own friends. The chapters alternate between Lily and Jake, allowing them to present their own versions of the story. This would be a great read aloud – perhaps even for students to use in a readers’ theater.
What I didn’t like about the book: This was a great read. I’ll be honest – there is one character that I didn’t like – Bump Stubbins – but we are not supposed to like him. Overall, this is a great addition to any classroom or school library.