Can mirror twins survive when forces begin to push them apart?
It used to be “TallyandTempest. No spaces,” for the two white Southern preteens. But with the end of sixth grade and their 13th birthday approaching, Tally’s not only noticed that she and her sister have been drifting away from each other, but there’s even a strange physical tension when they come near each other. Maybe it all started when Tempest became interested in scientific inventions and didn’t need to rely on Tally as a leader anymore. Or maybe their circumstances are related to why their mother and her mirror twin, world traveler Aunt Grania, no longer see each other. Whatever the reason, “for creamed corn’s sake,” spunky Tally is determined to find out. Filled with food-inspired sayings, Tally’s first-person narrative follows her mild adventures as she and Tempest spend their summer with their grandfather Pa Charlie’s traveling carnival through rural Georgia. With the help of a boy who’s the son of a carnival regular (and possibly Tally’s first crush), the return of Aunt Grania, and Tempest’s unusual inventions, Tally may solve the family mystery and stay connected to her twin without sacrificing their independence. An added tension between science and magic boosts interest and strengthens the theme.
Even singleton readers will relate to the difficulties of growing up and growing apart. (Fiction. 8-12)