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Troubletwisters, Book 2: The Monster

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Troubletwisters, Book 2: The Monster

Twins Jack and Jaide Shield have learned a lot since coming to live with their Grandma X in Portland. They’ve learned that she is one of many wardens, guardians who fight against The Evil that is constantly trying to get into this world. They’ve learned that they are destined to be wardens someday too, but that their gifts and abilities are still not very well developed or under control. They’ve learned that The Evil has been temporarily stopped after restoring the East Ward, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work through insects, animals and people to try and regain a foothold. Most importantly, Jack and Jaide have learned that if anything suspicious pops up, it usually means trouble.

"Garth Nix and Sean Williams dive deeper into the powers of the troubletwisters and the crazy world they inhabit in this second installment of their series.... Danger still lurks around every corner, and you get the sense that creepier things are to come in the next installment."

So when kids at school start talking about the mysterious Portland monster that has been known to exist since forever, Jack and Jaide’s ears immediately perk up. Monster activity has apparently picked up since the father of the new girl in town, Tara, has decided to buy the old Sawmill property and renovate it. Excited but apprehensive, Jack and Jaide share the news with Grandma X, but she practically ignores them. Instead of hunting down this monster, she tells the twins they need to focus on developing their powers. This proves harder than they could ever imagine, and even during practice their powers veer out of control.

Unreliable powers won’t stop Jack and Jaide, though, and they decide to do some investigating on their own. First they learn that with the closing of the East ward, an excision --- or small piece of The Evil --- broke off and is still roaming around Portland. Although the excision is weak in power, Jack and Jaide wonder if it could be the monster. There also seems to be something going on with the cats. More than once, Jack and Jaide stumble upon huge gatherings of cats and even try to break up a fight right outside their home. One thing is for sure: The Evil is still at work --- and Jack and Jaide decide to do something about it.

As much as they want to help, the troubletwisters are ultimately shoved to the side as they lose control of their powers all together and are more of a nuisance and burden than support. The monster is still out there, though, and Jack and Jaide are determined to let nothing stop them from getting rid of The Evil once and for all.

Garth Nix and Sean Williams dive deeper into the powers of the troubletwisters and the crazy world they inhabit in this second installment of their series. It might be a great idea to go back and read the first book, as you’ll understand the characters and context a little better and get a firmer grasp of what’s at stake in protecting the world from The Evil. Regardless, there is much to explore here, especially as Jack and Jaide continue to grow in their supernatural abilities. Danger still lurks around every corner, and you get the sense that creepier things are to come in the next installment.

Reviewed by on July 28, 2012

Troubletwisters, Book 2: The Monster
by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2012
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545258987
  • ISBN-13: 9780545258982