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I used to be a massive fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley between the ages of ten and thirteen! I thought that they were so cool, and had all of their DVDs and books. The other day, I found a box of my old Mary-Kate and Ashley things, and so decided to review them ; the first, one of their books.
Calling All Boys is based on their television programme 'Two Of A Kind' which is currently showing on Sky's 'Pop Girl' channel. Calling All Boys is the ninth book in the 'Two Of A Kind' book series. In fact I saw an episode of this show on the television the other day, and I reminded me of how much I loved this show. Two Of A Kind is about American twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, who play themselves in the show ; eleven year old twins, who live in Chicago. They live with their single-parent father ; their mother died when they were seven. Their father is a lecturer at the local university. Mary-Kate is the cool one, loves sport, hangs out with guys and is the total opposite of Ashley is very girlie, and loves boys and shopping.
In this book Mary-Kate and Ashley have just started at boarding school, and are very suprised to learn that it is completely different compared to 'normal school'. They have to get used to things like calling the 'principal' , the 'headmistress' and sharing a room with another girl. They also have a school party coming up ; it's a tradition for the girls to ask the boys to go with them. But the twins don't know any guys? What will happen? Read Calling All Boys to find out!
This book is suitable for all girlie girls and girls between the ages of nine and thirteen who like reading. I think that the books are also really good, because the fact that they are quite 'cool' means that it will encourage young girls to read. The style of writing is easy to read, and the book itself at just over one hundred pages long is not simple, yet not too difficult either which means it strikes a perfect balance.
This book is a bit different to the 'earlier' Two Of A Kind books, as the girls are older and are at boarding school. I think it is interesting that there is a change of scenary, as I don't really think (judging by all of the books they have - I have most of them!!), they could really make enough story-lines out of 'school, shopping and parties'. I also think it was a clever idea to 'move away' from the usual scene, because it also meant that children would not want to read about 'Carrie(their babysitter) and Kevin (their father's) relationship (despite it being quite a big 'thing' on their television show!
I really like the characters of Mary-Kate and Ashley as I think that they are so sweet, and real. You feel like one of their best friends. I think a lot of girls will be able to relate to the two characters as they 'come across' as so nice, and readers will be able to relate to them because they will be the same age as the twins are in the book, and be interested in the same things, such as shopping and boys. I like the fact that the girls are older, because at the time of reading this book, I was around thirteen and so I felt on the same level as the girls, a bit more than I did with their earlier books, when they were around eleven years old.
I would definately recommend this book to all young girls! You can buy a copy of this book from play.com for less than £2 , which I think is fantastic value!
If you have a child between the age of 9-12 I would definately recommend this book. It would definately make a good Christmas stocking filler, and there are many books in the series to read as well!
Thanks for reading!
12th November 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
Book Series: Two of a Kind