The Mystifying Twins


Book: The Mystifying Twins

Author: Joan Price Reeve

Publisher: Ridgeview Publishing, republished 2007

ISBN-13: 9781597650007

ISBN-10: 1597650005

Language level:  1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12 and up

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Mystery

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Reeve, Joan Price. The Mystifying Twins (Published in 1960 by Pageant Press; assigned in 1963 to Moody Bible Institute; republished in 2006 by Ridgeview Publishing, a division of Brookside Bookstore, 110 Bluebird Lane, Parksburg, PA, 19365).  Lois and Lettice Belmont are fourteen year old identical twins who are new students at Rivercote Girls’ Private School, where Miss Matthews is headmistress and Miss Clark is their house mother.  They are so identical that Miss Matthews demands that they wear different color hair ribbons. Full of mischief, the twins become involved in innumerable humorous and exciting adventures which continually get them in trouble, not only with their friends but also with the headmistress and the house mother.  After a “ghost” is seen wandering around the locked kitchen at night and food comes up missing, they are accused of the misdeed and must try to prove themselves innocent. 

     Who really is the thief?  Will they ever catch him or her?  And what does Lettice do when Lois becomes a Christian while at summer camp?  Lois and Lettice are fun to read about. Told in a pleasing, informal style, the story moves swiftly.  This is an older book and today’s kids may or may not like it, depending on whether they are open to reading stories about other times besides the one they are living in.   But the girls learn some important lessons as the plot unfolds.  The description of Lois’ time in camp is both especially realistic and spiritually helpful. The change she makes in her life might be motivating to some. The sequel is entitled The Secret of the Mystifying Twins.

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