Source: From Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Series: Scarlet and Ivy #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Ivy, I pray that it's you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you're the new me...
When shy Ivy's troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to "take her place." But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school's true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?
Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn't about to disappear without a fight. She's left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy's going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She's got to.
But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they'll do anything to keep their secrets buried...
The Lost Twin is the first book in a Middle Grade Mystery series bu Sophie Cleverly. It follows a girl names Ivy and is told from her point of view. Her sister Scarlet has been attending boarding school and recently has disappeared or might even be dead, they are not sure. The school matron asks that Ivy come to take her sister's place in her absence but she must become Scarlet in order to go.
When Ivy arrives she is confronted with quite the challenge, Scarlet has many enemies and after finding Scarlet's diary Ivy believes that something very sinister took place at the school and resulted in Scarlet's disappearance. Now she must become her sister, take on the bullies, and find out what happened to her sister.
Ivy has a lot of self discovery in this story as she is trying to be Scarlet. She is normally the timid, clean, rule-following twin; now she must stand up for herself and others, be troublesome, and break some rules to find out what transpired at Rookwood.
This book was very fun. The mystery elements were wonderful. We follow Ivy as she discovers diary pages with clues left behind by her sister, she is challenged every step of the way. I got a bit anxious as she had to explore places in the school that she should have been but it was very fun to follow.
I really enjoyed this book and think young readers will love the mystery and trouble that these girls are up to.