Double or Nothing... - Johanna Hurwitz


What’s the same about identical twins — and what’s different? Sleepovers, poetry projects, and new haircuts are in play as seven-year-old Arlene and Ilene start coming into their own.

Arlene and Ilene love so many things about being identical twins. They like sharing a room, sharing friends, and wearing matching outfits. But they’re in different classes at school, and one twin has a scar that the other one doesn’t. One morning, their friends Monty and Joey point out a new difference that takes the sisters by surprise and gets them thinking: if they are identical twins, why are there differences between them at all? Their tongues must be the same, so why do they like different kinds of ice cream? Why does Arlene wear pink nail polish while Ilene thinks it’s silly? Why is Ilene sleeping soundly when Arlene is awake, wondering how she can be sure that she is Arlene, not Ilene? Revisit the funny, lovable characters from The Two and Only Kelly Twins and take a peek at the wonders — and puzzles — of being an identical twin.

  • The Kelly twins, Arlene and Eileen, are back in this second installment by beloved chapter book writer, Johanna Hurwitz, author of the Riverside Kids titles, and the Monty titles.
  • Features two rites of passage: a sleepover and losing a tooth. Another rite of passage for a twin: doing something separate from your twin for the first time voluntarily.
  • For twins, triplets, or any kid who's ever wondered about or fantasized being a twin – a look at what it feels like to have someone in the world (almost) exactly like you!