The Woebegone Twins

Twins are double the trouble but double the fun! Here is a selection of thrilling stories where twins are the main characters. 

  • A Double Detectives Medical Mystery: Diagnosis Danger

    Author: Roopa Farooki
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    When their friend is viciously attacked, twin medical detectives Ali and Tulip are on the case. But can they assess the crime correctly and diagnose the villain behind it? Compelling reading that manages to combine entertaining slapstick with creepy villains.

  • Cally and Jimmy: Twins Together

    Author: Zoe Antoniades Illustrator: Katie Kear
    Publisher: Andersen
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Cally and Jimmy are 10-year-old twins who couldn’t be more different. While Cally is sensible, clever and hard-working, Jimmy’s ADHD makes it difficult for him to focus or stay calm. But no matter what trouble they get into, they're always in it together!

  • Proud of Me

    Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    A beautifully written and everyday story of LGBTQ family life that’s perfect for any middle grade reader, especially for children who are just starting secondary school.

  • Meet the Maliks, Twin Detectives: The Cookie Culprit

    Author: Zanib Mian Illustrator: Kyan Cheng
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 6-7
    Reading age: 7+

    Can Maysa and Musa solve the mystery of who destroyed the competition cookies? Relatable and funny, this is a story about everyday family life, with a gentle mystery and a BIG lie at the heart of it. 

  • Jungledrop: The Unmapped Chronicles Book Two

    Author: Abi Elphinstone
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    A riotous and witty fantasy adventure in which miserable, warring twins must find a way to work together if they are to save two worlds from being swallowed up by dark magic.

  • Two Terrible Vikings

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Steve May
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Hack and Whack are two terrible Viking twins who love stealing, raiding islands, and being generally horrible! Early readers will love this hysterical trio of stories from the creator of Horrid Henry.

  • The Fowl Twins

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    The Fowl twins are completely unlike each other, but they make the perfect team when the evil ACRONYM attacks them. Readers will find a well-developed fantasy world with a plot that is full of clever, satisfying twists and turns. 

  • My Evil Twin is a Supervillain

    Author: David Solomons
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 10+

    Luke's older brother, Zack, is a superhero (it's complicated) but when Luke's alter ego arrives from another dimension it seems it is him (Luke) who has the superpowers and not his brother - you were warned it was complicated!

  • The Twin Giants

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    At the age of twenty and the height of eighteen feet, twin brothers Normus and Lottavim each decided to look for a wife.

  • The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

    Author: Ellis Weiner Illustrator: Jeremy Holmes
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    When John and Abigail Templeton are kidnapped, will their Professor father have to turn over his latest genius invention to the villains - or will the Templeton Twins manage to save the day?

  • The Crossover

    Author: Kwame Alexander
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 10-14
    Reading age: 9+

    Dynamically-illustrated graphic novel version of a bestselling, award-winning story of twin basketball players and their coming-of-age. 

  • The Woebegone Twins

    Author: Christopher William Hill
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    You are taken on the adventures of a life time with the Mortenberg twins Felix and Greta and with them encounter witches, befriend monsters and watch them become heroes in their own story. The reader is drawn in in by the lure of gingerbread and hot chocolate.

  • Red Stars

    Author: Davide Morosinotto Translator: Denise Muir
    Publisher: Pushkin Children's
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    Twins Viktor and Nadya are separated when Nazi forces attack the Soviet Union - but they'll risk everything to find each other again.

  • The Kid Who Came from Space

    Author: Ross Welford
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    When Tammy disappears, her brother Ethan instinctively knows she's still alive. A few days later, a short, hairy alien called Hellyann crash-lands in the reservoir and tells him that Tammy has been abducted and taken to a human zoo. Can Ethan and Hellyann rescue Tammy - and will they ever return? A hilarious science fiction adventure from an award-winning au…

  • The Book of Legends

    Author: Lenny Henry
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 9-11

    This is a pacy fantasy adventure, jam-packed with groan-making jokes, and touchingly dedicated to Lenny Henry’s own childhood local library in Dudley.

  • Time Travel Twins: The Viking Attack

    Author: Josh Lacey Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Twins Scarlett and Thomas have a grandad with a time machine! When Thomas is struggling with his homework on Vikings, Grandad suggests he meets some. So Thomas whooshes back to the year 859AD, but without the crucial device to bring him home. Now Scarlett will have to go after him! 

  • Swimming on the Moon

    Author: Brian Conaghan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 10+

    Anna is fiercely protective of her autistic twin brother Anto. While their parents argue, Anna does everything she can to keep the family together. Many key topics are thoughtfully explored in this sensitive novel for older readers.

  • Rise of the School for Good and Evil

    Author: Soman Chainani
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    When twins Rhian and Rafal assume their new positions as school masters, they feel confident in their ability to ensure balance between good and evil. However, the arrival of a new student sparks competition between the two brothers, leaving the balance skewed and the school in disarray.

  • Magic Faces Heroes of the Pirate Ship

    Author: Esi Merleh Illustrator: Abeeha Tariq
    Publisher: Uclan Publishing
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 5+

    Can twins Austin and Alanna find the treasure chest before the sneaky pirates do? A fun young series sprinkled with magic.

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  • Brightstorm

    Author: Vashti Hardy
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    Twelve-year-old twins Maudie and Arthur’s world comes crashing in when their explorer dad is reported dead in his mission to get to South Polaris, and they race to restore the family name. A real edge-of-your-seat Victoriana romp.

  • One

    Author: Sarah Crossan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    This is a book that goes straight into your heart and once it is there, won't leave. One is a brilliant, beautiful, and heart-wrenching novel that is not to be missed.

  • The Land of Roar

    Author: Jenny McLachlan Illustrator: Ben Mantle
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Is the Land of Roar real or imaginary? You’ll have to make up your own mind in this exciting and tense coming-of-age adventure that has echoes of Jumanji and Peter Pan.

  • The Tapper Twins Run for President

    Author: Geoff Rodkey
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
    Interest age: 10-12
    Reading age: 10-12

    The third installment in the hugely popular Tapper Twins series, this book doesn't disappoint. Full of quirky illustrations, photos, screenshots and interviews, it gives a hilarious and entertaining account of the Twins' battle to rule the school.

  • Which Way to Anywhere

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    This is a story about a family. There are five child characters: K2 and his twin sister Izzabird O’Hero, Theo and Mabel Smith and little Annipeck O’Hero-Smith. They are fairly ordinary children (although K2 and Izzabird have some odd magical relatives) living normal lives on Earth in the present day.  The O’Hero mum and the Smith dad fell in love and go…

  • Wave Riders

    Author: Lauren St John
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 11-14
    Reading age: 9+ years

    Twins Jess and Jude wake one morning to find their yacht adrift and their guardian missing. Packed with half-truths, deception, red herrings, villainous baddies and a sense of ever-present threat, this is a mystery to keep readers guessing.

  • Unstoppable

    Author: Dan Freedman
    Publisher: David Fickling
    Interest age: 12-15
    Reading age: 9+

    Twins Kaine and Roxy are both talented sportspeople but the harder they work, the further apart they seem to grow. A highly charged story of complex family relationships, misplaced loyalty and overcoming devastating disappointment.