Tapper Twins Go to War With Each Other
by Rodkey, Geoff

When fraternal twins Claudia and Reese wage a vicious prank war against each other that escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price, in a story told through photos, screen shots, chat logs and texts. Simultaneous eBook. 150,000 first printing.

Geoff Rodkey is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter who has written the hit films Daddy Day Care, RV, The Shaggy Dog, and the Disney Channel original TV movie Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas. He is also the author of The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other), The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York, and The Tapper Twins Run for President, as well as the middle grade trilogy The Chronicles of Egg. He lives in New York City.

It started with words. Or maybe with the missing toaster pastry. But when Reese Tapper called his twin sister, Claudia, "Princess Farts-a-Lot" in front of the whole sixth grade, the war was on. Through oral-history interviews, text messages, e-mails, chat-room comments, photographs, and margin notes, Claudia documents the history of the Tapper twins' war. The twins live in a New York City apartment, their busy parents come across as somewhat clueless, and their after-school sitter is not effective in the substitute parenting department. The escalation from a rotting fish in Reese's book bag to social catastrophe and digital annihilation is inexorable-and quite believable. Entertained readers may just get the message, with Claudia concluding, "There are definitely a lot of very important lessons to be learned from The War." Indeed, she discovers that war "messes with your head," and she ends up regretting the whole thing. Thanks to the inclusion of various points of view, Claudia's reasonably balanced narrative offers plenty of humorous insight, and occasional doodles and photos keep it peppy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

An escalating sibling spat delivers "a buttload of life lessons" along with tears, terrible smells, a dorky mohawk and massive numbers of video game casualties.Following a one-sided introduction—"We are, unfortunately, twins. I am twelve years old. Reese is six"—sniffy Claudia and her brother offer somewhat different versions of how it begins: either at breakfast, when she eats his toaster pastry, or later, in the lunchroom of their upper East Side school, when he loudly dubs her "Princess Farts-A-Lot." Be that as it may, the getback pranks proceed from a rotting fish in Reese's backpack to a mortifying video posted on the local social network. They nearly get out of hand after Claudia's fixation on destroying the properties that Reese and an obnoxious friend have laboriously built in digital MetaWorld morphs into cyberbullying. Along the way, both sibs enlist allies, do things they come to regret and discover that revenge somehow isn't as satisfying as it should be. The narrative is framed as a transcript dictated by Claudia and other participants, with text-message exchanges between clueless parents as well as photos, screen shots and frequent interjections from Reese pasted in. Though Claudia's is the main voice, for all his immaturity, Reese comes off as the more likable, less-driven of the duo. This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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