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The Tapper Twins series by Geoff Rodkey


Book Summary

Book One: The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) - After revenge for an embarrassing incident gets out of hand, the Tapper Twins wage all-out war against each other. Nobody emerges unscathed.

Book Two: The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York
It's all in the name of charity, but a scavenger hunt across New York City is bound to get out of hand.

Book Three: The Tapper Twins Run for President
Claudia is a natural for class president, and it's part of her long-term plan, so who is Reese to get in her way? Reese never really wanted to be class president, but why should Claudia tell him what to do? Democracy is messy.

The Tapper Twins book cover
The Tapper Twins

Book Review

This is not the series that is going to challenge the depths of your intellect or move your soul, but it is laugh-out-loud funny. Few authors manage to strike believable, modern notes when they alternate viewpoints, but Geoff Rodkey gets Claudia's perfectionism and Reese's laid back vibe exactly right.
The text is created like a documentary file, featuring artifacts like phone text transcripts embedded into the main narrative. When Reese's interview text is on the page, "Claudia" has written helpful notations to comment on his version of the story.
The first book's video game episode is absolutely hysterical, and completely relatable for anyone who knows students this age. I am still looking for a reader who finds this series as hysterically wonderful as I do, but it's a win with reluctant and avid readers alike.

Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Relationships
  • Conformity vs. Individualism
  • Ethics, Loyalty
  • New York; Prep School Life

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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