Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret


     3.5 stars


Thirteen-year-old Sunny Skyland's life wasn't all sunshine and rainbows.  All she ever wanted was a real home to call her own.  Left without parents since the age of three, she had been traded between her relatives, treated as if she were a burden, mistreated and abandoned, while being shifted from one foster home to another.  It seemed that she would never have a real family that loved her.  True, her latest foster home wasn't THAT terrible.  Rita was a little annoying and strict - always wanting Sunny to eat gross healthy foods and exercise.  If that weren't enough, she had even forbidden Sunny to eat her favorite foods:  nachos, snickers, and the ultimate goody - Twinkies.  Rita did seem to care somewhat, though, and had even decorated a bedroom for Sunny that looked like it was actually made for a teen.  Rita, though, wasn't family....


Just when Sunny was beginning to lose hope, fate intervened in the form of an abandoned backpack....a backpack that contained hundreds of dollars!  Sunny knew then what she had to do.  Night after night, Sunny had studied the old photograph she still had - the picture that was taken so long ago before her parents had died.  Sunny knew she wasn't alone in the world.  She had a twin sister named Starr!  Now was her chance to travel back to her hometown and search for her long-lost sister, reclaim the only family she had left...


She never imagined then that the venture to find Starr could ultimately cost Sunny her life.


 Suspenseful story with an ending which will make the reader reconsider the true meanings of "home" and "family"...