Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

This is a good realistic fiction graphic novel that I will definitely be recommending to all my avid realistic fiction gn readers (of which there are many.) The premise is that twins are starting a new school for 6th grade and there are big changes which one twin is super anxious about and the other is more excited about. The big difference is that they are in different classes. Different classes! New friends! New experiences! Pretty standard. But what was really interesting to me and actually super fascinating was that this middle school had an ROTC like program that the shyer twin is enrolled in. In 6th grade! And not only that but in 5th grade they all had academic rankings that they were all aware of. I literally cannot imagine this for 5th graders (the grade I teach.) I was very interested in the family dynamics (pretty strict but loving parents). They all felt much older than 6th grade to me.

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