Twins (Twins #1)

by Varian Johnson (Author) Shannon Wright (Illustrator)

Twins (Twins #1)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister!

Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?

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Praise for Twins:

* Wright's artwork, crisp and colorful, does a masterful job of tracking the twins's emotional arcs through expressive composition, and Johnson's impeccable pacing keeps things moving while still making room for rich development. A beautiful reflection on sisterhood and coming of age that belongs in every collection. — Booklist, starred review

* The sibling bond is palpable and precious as each conflict and triumph pushes them apart or pulls them together.... A touching, relatable story of identity, sisterhood, and friendship. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* A must-read for middle grade comics lovers. Expect high demand from fans of comics like those by Svetlana Chmakova, Jerry Craft, and Raina Telgemeier. — School Library Journal

Praise for The Parker Inheritance:

* A must-purchase. — School Library Journal, starred review

* Johnson's Westing-game inspired tale is a tangled historical mystery, a satisfying multigenerational family story, and an exploration of twentieth-century (and contemporary) race and racism. — The Horn Book, starred review

* A compelling mystery and a powerful commentary on identity, passing, and sacrifice. — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Praise for The Great Greene Heist series:

[A] smartly crafted but breezy adventure that might just have students secretly cooking up schemes of their own. — Children's Book Council

* The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims. They'll want to reread immediately. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Sheer fun. — The Horn Book

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Varian Johnson
Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, which won both Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awards, The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children's book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection, and the graphic novel Twins co-created with Shannon Wright, an NPR Best Book. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas. You can visit him on the web at and @varianjohnson.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Library of Congress categories
Identity (Psychology)
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Individuality in children
Little Maverick Reading Lit
Selection 2021
Texas Bluebonnet Master List
2022 - 2023

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