Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of the bestselling novel "The Deep End of the Ocean" and of two nonfiction books, including "Mother Less Child: The Love Story of a Family." She has been featured on NBC's Today Show and CBS This Morning, and has been profiled in such national publications as People and Newsweek. A contributing editor to Ladies? Home Journal, Mitchard and her five children live in Madison, Wisconsin.
Gr 6-9-A riveting peek into the lives of twins who have an unusual ability. Born on different sides of midnight on New Year's Eve, Merry and Mally Brynn have always shared a secret language and telepathy. Though they have dissimilar personalities, they tend to think, feel, and do things in sync. However, after a bizarre fire on their 13th birthday almost kills the girls, the thread between them ravels. Suddenly, they begin to have visions about other people. Mally can see events before they occur, and Merry can see them after they have concluded. Putting the pieces together gives the girls a startling picture of some disturbing incidents occurring nearby: Mally has visions of a friend's older brother hurting animals and violently attacking young women. Though it's hard for the sisters to believe it's true, they are determined to stop him, no matter the personal cost. Mitchard does an excellent job of portraying the girls' close bond and unique personas. The importance of the twin legacy in the Brynn family and the vital role the girls' relatives play in their well-being are also wonderfully evoked. The clearly depicted setting--a tight-knit small-town community-makes an excellent environment for the tale's action and suspense. This involving mystery will have wide appeal and makes a solid first entry in a planned trilogy.-Emily Garrett Cassady, North Garland High School, Garland, TX Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.