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Troubletwisters, Book 1 [Paperback]

Sean Williams , Garth Nix
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6 Jun 2011 Troubletwisters

An action-packed fantasy adventure series from the authors behind Sabriel, The Keys to the Kingdom and The Fixers.

Portland might seem like a quiet coastal town, and their grandmother is perhaps no dottier than anyone else’s, but it soon becomes apparent that the strange things going on around them are anything BUT ordinary. It’s all very well discovering that you suddenly have magical powers, but when you don’t know exactly what they are, or how to use them, then facing impending peril doesn’t seem like a very good idea at all . . .

In this gripping new series of fantasy stories, international best-sellers Garth Nix and Sean Williams combine to create a world that will have boys and girls aged 10+ absolutely gripped. Ideally suited to fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter Can twin siblings Jack and Jaide protect the earth from marauding Evil? Find out in Troubletwisters.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (6 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405258586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405258586
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife Anna, son Thomas, and lots of books.

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Garth Nix Garth Nix’ is best known for his award-winning fantasies Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen and the seven books of The Keys to the Kingdom series. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Australian. Sean Williams Number-one New York Times-bestseller Sean Williams is the author of The Fixers, The Broken Land and The Books of the Change for young readers. He also writes space opera and the occasional Star Wars novel, most recently The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance and The Force Unleashed II.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I read the book in two days, which tells you how good I think it is. I was lucky enough to see the authors speak at the Hay Festival last weekend - they summed up their book up as "Twins use Gifts to fight THE EVIL!"

That's exactly right. I wont' give any spoilers away here - simply to say that this is wonderful story of a pair of twins, on the cusp becoming teenagers, who find new abilities "Gifts", awakening in themselves, which they must learn to master in order to quell the evil force that threatens their town. And because the twins are just learning how to use their powers, they don't always get the results they want. They are helped along the way by their intriguing Grandma X (who knows a lot more than she's letting on) and also by two cats - Kleo and Ari (some enjoyable shades of Mogget from the Abhorsen trilogy here).

I loved the twins powers, which all come from nature and the environment around them and young readers will particularly love some of their gruesome battles with ants, cockroaches and rats!

The second book in the series has been finished so should be published soon and a third book is in the planning stage. That said, this story stands on its own and at the end I found myself looking forward to reading new stories about the twins.

Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twins with Special Powers Fighting Evil 5 Sep 2011
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My daughter, who has just turned 10, eagerly awaited this book, and I equally eagerly awaited my turn with it. We have both read our way through all Garth Nix's books. Here is a writer who never lacks for imagination and writes some superb stories. My dauhter finished the book in a couple fo days and then it was my turn.

Imagine two ordinary suburban twins, in an ordinary suburban house - until their father returns home one day and accidentally blows up the house. A mysterious grandmother sends the twins a card saying the cats are restless, so she expects to see her trobletwisters soon, and indeed before you know it, the pair are swept up into an adventure of good versus evil, and discovery of their own mystical and magical powers.

This book has all the elements of a perfect story for children, young adults and all older oladults who have not forgotten how to enjoy a good story.

it is perhaps not that original (strangely for Garth Nix, whose orginality is usually his defining characteristic). Maybe this is the influence of Sean Williams - but that is impossible to know. The lack of orginality is not a huge problem. It is just this is one book in a strong field that has such classics as "The Dark is Rising" sequence, all the way through to the less memorable, but still fun, "Wind Tamer".

I cannot in good conscience give the book five stars. I love Garth Nix's work, but this one was not one of my favourites of his. Again, maybe the collaboration affected it. I have not read any Sean Williams books before, but this one just did not captivate me. I liked it well enough, I just cannot say it was one of my best reads of the year.

My daughter also loved it, but again it was not a book that had her buzzing like some of Nix's other works did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed fantasy 3 Aug 2011
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TroubleTwisters is an exciting fantasy adventure.

Jaide and Jack are twins. At the beginning of the story they are waiting for their dad to return home. He is late and they are worried. When he does finally arrive, the trouble begins because the twins accidently drop his suitcase and what they find inside sets in motion a chain reaction. They are about to have a most bizarre experience which literally bends walls. In the chaos of the magic, their father accidently destroys their house and so Jaide and Jack have to go and live with their unfamiliar Grandma. She is mysteriously known as Grandma X.

Jaide and Jack are not happy about the move. They think their Grandma is mighty strange and her house is equally unusual. Grandma X lives in the small town of Portland. But it isn't any Portland, you've ever seen before. The fantastical element of this story is the nature of what it means to be a TroubleTwister. It is a path fraught with danger and an otherworldly dark side.

This novel will definitely appeal to the tween market. In fact the concept may appeal to big kids everywhere. Who doesn't want to discover they have a secret heritage and a magical power? It is a universal theme about discovering your true identity and as a consequence having a huge responsibility upon your shoulders.

There is a lot of action in this story. Jack and Jaide must overcome obstacle after obstacle and they must also empower themselves with knowledge. I really liked the fact that they were unlocking the truth on their journey. They were not easily gifted it by other knowing characters.

Having said that, I do feel that this novel was weighted down by description. I felt particularly at the beginning the story didn't get moving quickly enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to mayhem 26 Aug 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book is a collaboration between two of Australia's best-known authors -- Garth Nix, author of the brilliant Old Kingdom trilogy and Seven Keys series, and Sean Williams, a sci-fi/fantasy author who has written a bunch of Star Wars books.

So with that pedigree, you would expect "Troubletwisters" to be a heckuva fantasy novel, younger readers or no. However, it's merely "good," not "excellent" -- Nix and Williams spin up some truly evocative, sometimes horrifying fantastical situations, and have lovely prose. But the good vs. evil conflict feels kind of simplistic.

After a bizarre incident destroys their house, twins Jaide and Jack are left at their Grandmother X's house, in a small seaside village. The twins soon realize that there's something strange about this place, with doors no one can see and cats that talk -- but then even stranger things happen, with hordes of insects attacking them for no reason.

Eventually, their grandmother has to explain what is going on -- it turns out that an ancient, nameless Evil is trying to devour everything in our world, and her town is one of the places where it can break through. Now the twins must call on their own burgeoning "troubletwister" powers, or risk losing everything...

"Troubletwisters" suffers from being rather... typical. The plot is your basic "kids go to a strange place and discover they have special powers to stop the Forces of Evil" storyline, and both the Evil and the good guys are rather vaguely outlined. So for the first hundred-or-so pages, it feels like we've been here before.

But the plot and writing really take off once the Evil's nature is revealed, and the pedestrian concept blossoms into a fantasy thriller.
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