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Review: The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York

May 13, 2016

Tapper Twins

Claudia Tapper suggests her school host a scavenger hunt to raise funds for the local food bank.  She excuses herself from the planning so she can be a participant.  She and her twin brother, Reese, are on opposing teams and quickly discover other teams don’t play fair when front row seats at Madison Square Garden are offered as a prize.  Things get out of hand and, the next thing you know, the media claims the kids involved in the scavenger hunt caused a riot.

The twins present an oral history, defending themselves and the scavenger hunt in the fun book The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York by Geoff Rodkey.  They tell their story through interviews, drawings, photographs, and text messages and I thought it was just terrific!

Claudia takes the scavenger hunt seriously and Reese doesn’t, so their teams have totally different attitudes toward the event and different viewpoints on the outcome, giving readers a great overview.  The presentation adds a unique element that is very engaging.  I thought the book was humorous and I loved the way the scavenger hunt gives readers a “tour” of New York.

The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York is the second book in the Tapper Twin series but I had no trouble following the story or getting to know the characters.  I think middle grade readers will love the presentation and humor and even learn a thing or two about New York!

I kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by LB Kids. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty permalink
    May 13, 2016 8:13 am

    Kids love books like this because there are so many things to explore!

  2. May 13, 2016 3:03 pm

    This sounds good, and I love NY so that’s a plus!

  3. May 14, 2016 10:44 am

    What a fun concept! Sounds like it is a great way for kids to learn about New York!

  4. readerbuzz permalink
    May 15, 2016 9:17 am

    Geoff Rodkey was a speaker at TweensRead here last fall, but I still haven’t read this series. Late to the game.

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com

  5. May 15, 2016 2:32 pm

    This book sounds delightful! I would read it for myself.

  6. May 15, 2016 9:15 pm

    this one does sound great! I think the humorous books do especially well with the MG crowd.

  7. May 18, 2016 12:43 pm

    This sounds interesting and would give kids an idea about how competitiveness can be good and bad.

  8. bookingmama permalink
    May 23, 2016 8:22 am

    Love this series… and Booking Son does too. He used this book for one of his book reports this year.

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