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Rachel has theories about a lot of things – how she ended up
with humongous beaver teeth, why tourists who visit Miami
wear such ugly clothes, and why her father loves her identical
twin sister, Rebecca, the most. Still, there are many things in
Rachel’s life that even her best theories can’t really explain.
Why, for instance, does her grandmother insist on feeding her
honey cake every Sunday, when everyone knows it tastes
disgusting? Why did Rachel end up with the most ancient fifthgrade
teacher in the school, a woman with amoeba-shaped
stains under her arms? And why is Rachel always in trouble,
In humor-filled prose and pictures, Nicole Rubel introduces us
to a remarkably off-the-wall family – a father who sells novelty
maracas for a living, a mother who is so gorgeous even
orangutans fall in love with her, a sister who is a perfect genius,
and scattered Rachel – struggling to find her unique talent and
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NICOLE RUBEL is the co-creator of Rotten Ralph and the
author and illustrator of many more books, including Twice As
Nice: What It’s Like to Be a Twin. She lives in Aurora, Oregon.
Grade 4-6 Some identical twins support one another, while others are competitive. Rebecca and Rachel are of the latter variety or so it seems to Rachel, the chubbier, duller, less-loved member of the duo. In episodic chapters, Rubel chronicles a portion of their fifth-grade year in 1964 in Miami a trip to Monkey Land, a visit to a friend's grandfather in the Everglades, Halloween in heat that melts chocolate, and snow donated by an ice company and shipped to the elementary school just before Christmas. These stories have the ring of truth about them, but the vignettes are not fully engaging because the only thread running consistently through them is Rachel's whining about her feelings of inadequacy. Mildly eccentric relatives lend a soupçon of humor to the proceedings, but this is outweighed by the twins' mother's apparent depression. Rubel's pen-and-ink illustrations are the best thing about the book as they successfully capture the discomfiting mixture of the mundane and slightly bizarre characters who populate this novel. Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374336113
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374336113