Title: The Tapper Twins Go To War
Author: Geoff Rodkey
Series: The Tapper Twins
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 6
Call Number/Link: J Fiction Rodkey, G.
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn’t be more different…except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that’s fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way 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.
Told as a colorful “oral history” by the twins and their friends, and including photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, The Tapper Twins is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it’s like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world.
Alright, this is a PERFECT book for those kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Origami Yoda, etc. It’s fast paced, has that visual/diary feel to to, and has plenty of laugh out loud moments. This is a great one for reluctant readers as well. The War officially starts when Claudia eats the last pop-tart for breakfast, which should have been Reese’s. To get even, he blames a fart on Claudia around dozen of other kids hanging on before school, earning her the nick-name Princess Farts-a-lot. Things only escalate from there. There’s not a clear winner or loser, but there certainly consequences to their actions. This will be a series with book two coming out in Sept.
How to Sell it/Quick Spiel: Claudia and Reese have very little in common beyond being twins and going to a private school in New York. When a fight ensues over a pop-tart and who dealt it, they soon find themselves in a vicious prank war. One that includes dead fish, embarrassing videos, and an online video game world. Can the twins get it together and make-up or will their mission to be on top destroy them both?