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  • Writer's pictureShameer Bismilla

Mirror to Mirror

I'm not usually one for novels in verse, but this book is a heart-grabber right from the start. Once it's got hold of you, it won't be letting go anytime soon. Rajani’s Newbery-honor-winning RED WHITE AND WHOLE has done it again. Mirror to Mirror is a tale that follows the lives of Maya and Chaya, twin sisters. Maya is the kind of person who always needs everything to be perfect, but sadly, anxiety has become her partner in crime. On the flip side, Chaya is the life of every party, but deep down, she craves a change in her life.

LaRocca will make every reader experience some serious literary whiplash because every chapter brings a new perspective. Each character has their own distinctive voice, you won't even need a name tag to identify them making it easy to keep up with their family shenanigans. While reading every page, as a parent, it hits close to home. I've got a pair of lovely daughters - not twins though, these gals of mine have got some serious Maya and Chaya vibes going on. The way they interact with each other is so real, it makes me one to intervene and enlighten them on their absolute brilliance.

LaRocca just totally nailed it with her take on anxiety, there is absolutely no shame in admitting that you're battling with your mental health. I would like to remind youths today and parents alike that it's actually pretty normal to ask for some assistance when you need it, so don't be afraid to speak up and get the help you deserve.

Above all this book is like a love letter to the unbreakable ties of family and the unique connections that only siblings can share. I can see so many middle graders will connect with something in Mirror to Mirror. Highly recommended.


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