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Double Act is a children's novel by Jacqueline Wilson, written in the style of a diary, which features identical twins Ruby and Garnet. This is the third Jacqueline Wilson book I have now read in my challenge and I will admit they are starting to become a guilty pleasure of mine. After applying for a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, Garnet is accepted, Ruby is not, and the sisters' relationship is irrevocably altered. To expand, there is also a movie (which I’ve watched) but I personally think that the movie is better than the book because you can see what the author is talking about. What I liked about this book: I liked having the two sides to the story, both Ruby and Garnet sharing their thoughts and opinions on the different events in the book.

Her insightful and emotionally challenging books not only stretch reading ability, but give young readers a glimpse into many kinds of lives. I really loved the portrayal of the twins, the fact that their personalities were completely different from one another, but they still . Richard - no doubt named so for being a prize dick - is one of the most selfish parents in the Wilson-verse. let’s put it this way:all the teachers at school think that jw books are a lot off rubbish and waffle(i agrey most times),but this book put it in an entiraly new situation. Wilson is great at making realistic characters that you can quickly come to term with, giving realistic reactions to events.

As a child I was never a big fan of the Jacquline Wilson books; I found her “matter-of-fact” attitude towards reality somewhat bleak. The book takes the form of the twins alternately narrating the story of their life in an accounts book. Surprisingly, Rose is supportive, although her efforts are for nothing, as Garnet and Ruby have to run away to London to audition. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum ), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act , for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal).

Throughout the entire book it's clear that Richard is going through a sort-of early-onset mid-life crisis. In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. Parts of the storyline felt very similar to Vicky Angel; Ruby bossing Garnet about and Garnet living in Ruby’s constant shadow. Garnet is deeply disturbed and decides not to go but Ruby reminds her that even if she doesnt go to the boarding school, Ruby and Garnet will not be the same again. A constant favourite with readers, their tale has now been adapted for the stage by hugely experienced children's theatre director, Vicky Ireland, and a sell-out UK tour was seen and loved by thousands of children.

It still had some appeal, mostly because it tells about twins and some of the thinks did apply very well to me and my sister as well.

Their enemy is Rose, the new girlfriend of their father, but over the time they will change their mind. I always thought the point of Double Act was that the prospective step-mother, Rose, is A Nice Person After All, and that that was what the reader was supposed to discover along the way with the twins. Having failed the audition ruby decides that she wants to go to boarding school because of the stage and velvet curtains, but Garnet is not so keen. Garnet however is very scared, and is about to deliver a good audition but their father appears just as she is about to begin, and she cannot say anything. Oh, what I will read in the chase for that elusive and dubious honour of having read all the BBC's Big Read books.

From the beginning we learn that he spends his time filling the entire house with books, knowing full well that his mother-in-law has arthritis and finds it hard to get around.

It was a believable storyline that addresses many different subject matters through the twin’s diary entries.Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. Ruby dreams of being an actress one day and sees an add in a paper for twins to take part in a commercial held in london, however Garnet dosent want to persue a career in showbiz, she prefers to studying. But one day they see on the notice board a poster about a modelling thing so they go there on a Saturday, but there dad find's out and Garnet get sent to a boarding school and Ruby doesn't . After making friends with someone she previously considered rather a bully, Ruby starts to realise that she and Garnet do not need to be the same, and do not have to do the same things, to be happy.

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