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Identical twins Ruby and Garnet are inseparable. They do everything and go everywhere together. No-one can even tell them apart! Since the death of their mother, the girls have become closer than ever, safe in their closed little world. But when Dad finds a new girlfriend, everything in the twins’ lives turns upside down. Soon they find themselves in a new home, going to a new school and making new friends. And gradually, they find that being the same isn’t the same anymore… This moving, skilfully-told story of family and identity vividly shows the struggles that children, and twins in particular, can face in embracing their own individuality and potential for change.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.1; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 192 pages



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  1. Cyrilthecat
    on 23 March 2018

    Liked this book! Makes me wish I had a twin sister!

    4 out of 5
  2. bubbleshooter
    on 27 October 2017

    It is a lovely story of The twin sisters Ruby and Garnet and how they start to fall apart from each other.

    4 out of 5
  3. Carrot80
    on 18 April 2017

    I honestly think that you should’ve done another book after it in the same series because it was a really really really good book and I loved it and I will give it 10 out of 10 if I was scoring it but I would’ve liked to have read another one of the series

  4. evelizabeth
    on 25 March 2016

    i loved this book so much i wish i had a twin

    5 out of 5
  5. BookAddict20
    on 28 March 2015

    One of the best books of all time.I cried at the part when they were separated

    5 out of 5
  6. De379
    on 23 November 2014

    Loved this book. Ruby and Garnet are amazing characters and Jacqueline Wilson uses first person writing to portray the twins emotions, ruby writing one chapter, garnet writing the next

    5 out of 5
  7. Diya123
    on 12 October 2014

    it is ok but starring tracy beaker is the best ever

    3 out of 5
  8. fifi75470
    on 2 June 2014

    It was good I espically liked the bit were they went to London to do their doubleact

    4 out of 5
  9. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    great book shows feelings

    4 out of 5
  10. Potterfan7
    on 9 March 2014

    This is an another amazing book from Jacqueline Wilson. This is one of my favourite stories and i love reading about Ruby and Garnett

  11. Rumaitha12
    on 9 March 2014

    This book is amazing

  12. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  13. peddiereddie
    on 6 March 2014

    This book is very fantastic. I cannot describe it because I love it so much. It’s funny, sad(a tiny bit!) and also heartwarming. I do understand that no one could be like a mother to them, because your mother gave birth to you and knows every silly detail about you. I love double act!

    5 out of 5
  14. Lauren7777
    on 5 March 2014

    read it ages ago and can hardly remember it but I remember one of them got through to a dance/drama thing?

  15. Lilystar1133
    on 4 March 2014

    I would strongly recommend this book to any one who has a twin because it’s kind of a story of how you can still be twins even though your twin is somewhere else. 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. I rate this book as 5 stars because I don’t like it, I love it!

    5 out of 5
  16. keepout
    on 23 February 2014

    It’s a really good book :-)

  17. Littlelucylu
    on 31 December 2013

    I watched the movie and it was so awesome i am a twin myself and wanna act it soooooooo badly coz u get to meet the one only Jaqcueline Wilson who i am the N.O. 1 fan of

    5 out of 5
  18. Madaboutpurple
    on 17 November 2013

    This reminds me of me and my sister we should audition for the part i love the movie

    5 out of 5
  19. nastyboots
    on 5 July 2013

    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. take it from me… it!!!!

  20. twilight-JC
    on 2 April 2013

    This book is really good because it give’s other people thoughts in their head.

  21. TwilightChick96
    on 8 March 2013

    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.

  22. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    A great book by Jacky. I’d recommend to all readers!

    5 out of 5
  23. KarlMagic33
    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

  24. Justagirlatheartx
    on 7 March 2013

    This book is about two twins. One of them is very smart her name is Garnet and the other Ruby. There is very few people who can tell them apart. A great story!!

    5 out of 5
  25. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  26. jaffreen123
    on 5 March 2013

    I loved every word!

    A brilliant hold-on-to-your-hats, bestseller by you-know-her Jacqueline Wilson!!

    5 out of 5
  27. natashakrywald
    on 5 March 2013

    love it

  28. Paradise56
    on 5 March 2013

    This is a book about two twins.One of the two is very smart her name is Garnet and the other Ruby. There is very few people who can tell them apart.When they were babies their mother died. And a few years on there dad meets up with a woman named Rose.The twins hate her so does gran. Ruby & Garnet LOVE their gran so much, but one day they had to leave her they were so annoyed. The story goes on but I’ll leave u 2 find out! I would advise u 2 read it because its action-packed and exiting!!

  29. lap312i
    on 4 March 2013

    i like the cover

  30. Sherlock25
    on 4 March 2013

    A lovely story on being a twin and having to do what is best for each other, great read

  31. stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    great book. and it gives you the opinion of each sister so you would know why they did what they did.

    5 out of 5
  32. Dandy15
    on 4 March 2013

    Rather rude and scathing!

  33. Something10
    on 19 February 2013

    I like the part where garnet fell in the mud.

  34. mlisabellal
    on 27 October 2012

    loved it

  35. sivani
    on 7 October 2012

    this book is my favorite book.there is two twins one of them is shy and the other is a chatter box.

    5 out of 5
  36. Dandy1
    on 29 September 2012

    I think it is a rather rude for children! And has very unsutible pictures in it. I think I shouldn’t be rated for younger children as it is not sutible…. It should be for 50-99 yr olds.

    3 out of 5
  37. smile123
    on 4 September 2012

    this book is great it’s about twins Ruby and Garnet,They do everything together. since their mum died three years ago they have become closer. But when Dad finds a new girlfriend everything starts to change . Soon they find themselves in a new home, going to a new school and making new friends. And gradually growing apart

  38. madistar23
    on 29 August 2012

    Another JW classic. Great book!

  39. dishapala
    on 8 July 2012

    I liked how there were two people writing in 1st person. Like writing in a diary because i like reading books in a layout of a diary, so i enjoyed reading it. I borrow loads of Jacqueline Wilson book’s from the library at least once a week! xx

    4 out of 5
  40. fave8
    on 24 June 2012

    I WANT TO READ IT!!!!!

  41. Ponymonster12
    on 9 June 2012

    As I have read this book 11 times I could probaly tell you a lot about it so dont even hesitate reading this brilliant book it amazing in the way it is told and how emotianally it is told which in the end always turns out to be funny. I think WIlson has used her strengths well in this book and has really gone to town with the idea of the twins losing their mom and being like chalk and cheese (Completely Different) !!! Read this book it is a modern day classic :)

    5 out of 5
  42. lemonade123
    on 12 May 2012

    Excellent book told by Ruby and Garnet as they travel through hard times. Leaving Gran behind, having a new stepmother,moving in with her and of course Garnet going to a new private school! Ruby is devastated and gets into loads of trouble waiting for the return of her sister. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! I HOPE MY REVIEW WAS HELPFUL :)

  43. tee10
    on 10 April 2012

    i really like double act because it is very entertaning to see the relationship between the twins

    5 out of 5
  44. www-hello-com
    on 5 March 2012

    This book is funny, imagnative, and cool.

    5 out of 5
  45. la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    Another amazing Jacky Wilson read. For all ages, everyone will find something they like about this book. I love how it’s almost written as if both characters are writing the story in some parts, while in others its as if your looking down into their lives. There are exciting twists in the tail, and you just want to read more and more and more!

  46. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    heart-warming must-read tale of friendship and sisterhood!

  47. Bookworm81
    on 1 March 2012

    This book is brilliant, one year, for world book day, I dressed up as one of the main characters, Ruby.

  48. kola5689
    on 1 March 2012

    Very funny and a brill

  49. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    This so good.Ruby is ssooo good and Garnet is sooogoood as well.

    5 out of 5
  50. salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    2 twins called ruby and garnet they move house and live with a horrible step mother and then the twins get split up and things get tense between them will they ever get on?

    5 out of 5
  51. emz162000
    on 1 March 2012

    love this

  52. sashy123
    on 1 March 2012

    It was okay. I wasn’t drawn in at the first page,it took me quite a while before i grew to like the book, but i enjoyed it in the end

  53. angelslater
    on 1 March 2012

    twins cause double trouble in this double act of a book. great fun and a super read from the one and only j wilson

  54. bella-
    on 26 February 2012

    i loved this book! it was sad when ruby and garnet got split up and i would feel the same if i had a step mum and didnt like her!

    5 out of 5
  55. flossy1998
    on 22 February 2012

    I read this book when I was little, about two twins but they a totually different they even adapted it into a movie.

  56. diaryofawimpykid16
    on 2 February 2012

    i read the play edition of this

    4 out of 5
  57. stardolphin
    on 16 November 2011

    it is so good it is briliant I love it espeshely as jacqueline wilson wrote it I liked because I have a twin sister called gracie she acts like ruby and I act like garnet

  58. berrie03
    on 16 November 2011

    i have only read half of it (im up to the part when they talk bout their mum then they get inturupted be their dinner)it is such a moving story i absolutely have to make this my favourite book

    5 out of 5
  59. Princessforever58
    on 21 October 2011

    I loved reading this book! It was humorous and very exciting. I loved the description used in this book and would definitely read it again – and again!

  60. Habzz
    on 5 October 2011

    I looovee this book soo much i read it at home once…it was amazing i prefer Garnet more becaue shes kinda like…more fun…and awwhh their dad finds a girlfriend and they are left all alone… :(

    5 out of 5
  61. amy07011
    on 14 September 2011

    I really liked this book. Really recommend it!

    5 out of 5
  62. migit1
    on 8 August 2011

    really cool book

  63. aliyah11
    on 6 May 2011

    i loved this book it is just right for me! Ruby and Garnet are amazing This book should be read for Jacqueline Wilson fans

    5 out of 5
  64. cutekittens
    on 3 March 2011

    i loved this book! when i first read it, i could not put it down without reading another 30 pages! it is that good. I love the storyline, the problems between the two twins and how their different personalities still make them unique. 5 stars! =D

    5 out of 5
  65. gethi
    on 3 March 2011

    I’d love to have a twin! This book is great!

    4 out of 5
  66. happy98
    on 3 March 2011

    My favourite book from all the time. I recommend to everyone to read this book. Absolutely LOVELY!!

    5 out of 5
  67. osnapitzsafa
    on 1 March 2011

    My favourite twin is Ruby and my school have got over 10 copies of double act. I read it 3 times. I would give this book 4 stars.

    4 out of 5
  68. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

    loved it. quite predictable because it is aimed at younger children, i identified with both the characters and as a whole enjoyed the book

  69. magicpavi19
    on 25 February 2011

    this is a fantabulous book cause u find out the characters get on and it is halarious