Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Troubletwisters is the start of a new series by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. When the book opens up, we meet Jaide and Jack Shield, 12-year-old twins eagerly awaiting the arrival of their father for their birthdays. He is late (as usual). We get several hints that something strange is going to happen and we aren’t disappointed.

Shortly after their father arrives the house gets blown up. This forces the family to move in with Grandma X, whom the twins have never met. Their dad wasn’t able to come and shortly after arriving, their mother has to leave for work for three whole days. Grandma X is a strange old lady who takes them around town looking at odd landmarks. Shortly thereafter, even more weird stuff begins to happen and being attacked by swarms of bugs is just the beginning. Something bad is after the twins and they don’t know who to trust, or who to turn to.

I thought that Troubletwisters was a very good read. Even though the book is targeted toward middle-school aged kids, I think that most adults who like fantasy will enjoy it as well. The story flowed well and it kept moving right along. I had a little trouble following some of the jumps in the twins’ decision making process, but overall, Troubletwisters was a lot of fun.

Rating: 4/5

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Scholastic Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.