Written by Kathryn Siebel
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In a nutshell: Twins separated then reunited after Surprising and delightfully dark at times, there’s a distinctly original feel to this entertaining fairy-tale-ish adventure, though the shadows of both Dahl and Snicket loom over it. Twins Arabella and Henrietta are best friends, but very different: Arabella, prettier than Henrietta and more popular (as a result?) is outgoing, while her twin stays in the background, overlooked even by their parents. When Henrietta is spurred by jealousy to a small act of vindictiveness, her parents banish her to live with an eccentric aunt! Quarrel forgotten, Arabella sets off to find her sister. In fact there are journeys of self-discovery for both girls before they are finally and happily reunited. The narrative is interrupted by comments from a mother reading the story to her daughter, and their asides create a postmodern, story-within-a-story edge. Recommended! ~ Andrea Reece
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Missing Arabella by Kathryn Siebel
A twin banished ...an unbreakable bond ...an unlikely fairytale. Sometimes a disaster is just a disaster, and nothing good can be said about it. But sometimes a disaster is an excuse for a fresh start.
Arabella and Henrietta are twins. If you saw them, you'd find it very hard to tell them apart. But once you get to know them, you'll discover that although they look alike, that's where the similarity ends ...Henrietta is a constant headache for her parents-always causing problems and upset. Why, oh why can't she be more like Arabella? Sent away to live with strange Aunt Renfrew, Henrietta wonders if she'll ever see Arabella again. But the bond between sisters is strong, and even stronger when your sister is also your twin and your best friend. And so Arabella begins her journey through the forest to find Henrietta...
A contemporary and unique fairytale for modern readers. Perfect for fans of books by Emma Carroll and Michelle Harrison.
An unnamed mother recounts this tale to her daughter, whose frequent interruptions create a clever, warmhearted overlay to this eccentric adventure..the adults in the story have more than a whiff of Dahl...a promising debut for Siebel. Publisher’s Weekly
If Lemony Snicket penned a story on twins it might be similar to this debut novel about the intriguing relationship between Arabella and Henrietta. Even readers without twins will identify with the universal truths of being a sibling. Kirkus
About the Author
More books by Kathryn Siebel
Oxford University Press
4th August 2016
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