Rodkey, Geoff. The Tapper Twins Go to War
April 7th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
Claudia and Reese live in New York City with their busy and over achieving parents, watched over by Ashley, a nanny who lets them watch inappropriate tv shows. They go to a private school, and when Reese embarrasses Claudia at lunch in front of "fembots" and a boy she likes, the war is on. Not wanting to get stuck with the nickname "Princess Farts-a-lot" after her brother's assertion that she was responsible for a particularly odoriferous omission, Claudia first hides a fish in her brother's back pack, which causes all manner of problems. Things escalate from there, and Claudia keeps track of all of the texts, pictures and "interviews" that she compiles to form the story. Eventually, the war escalates and takes over Reese's online gaming universe.
Strengths: Notebook novel. Fish in backpacks. Sibling war. All good.
Weaknesses: Privileged NYC setting might be hard for a lot of students to understand.
What I really think: If students read these in moderation, they'd be great. However, since some students ONLY want to read books with pictures, this sort of book irritates me. Not great literature, but not horrible, either.