Book Review: The Tipple Twins and the Gift by Michelle Cordara

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With a rainy half term upon us, we’ve been busying ourselves with lots of indoor fun. The boy is a keen independent reader now, so he’s been enjoying some seasonal stories. Perfect for Halloween, he’s been reading The Tipple Twins and the Gift by Michelle Cordara.

Book Review: The Tipple Twins and the Gift by Michelle Cordara

Published on 8th October 2020, this is the first in a new series from Michelle Cordara. The book is a fun and slightly spooky adventure for young readers (8-12). The Tipple Twins and the Gift is about a pair of identical twins drawn into a secret world of mystery and magic.

Jenna and Jessica Tipple are identical twins. The Tipple family’s secret gift is magic – the good kind. Unfortunately, when they enrol at Chumsworth School, they discover that the head mistress, Miss Snippings, has an unnatural dislike of twins and an unhealthy interest in witchcraft.

When the school play just happens to be about the Salem Witch Trials, the twins realise they’re in a cauldron full of trouble…

The Tipple Twins and the Gift is the first in a series of adventures for the twins, and its publication is perfectly timed for Halloween. It’s an exciting adventure set in a spooky school and based on the Salem Witch Trials. This is the first book in a new series which follows the twins as they delve into their mysterious magical family background.

We have been reading this book at bedtime, tackling a chapter each night. The boy (aged 9) enjoyed the story and was engaged by this slightly spooky, magical book. He tells me he liked the magical family and what happening at the school, especially with the dodgy Headmistress. He liked the twins, Jenna and Jessica and would like to know more about them. For me there are hints of The Worst Witch and Harry Potter about this story; and if you’re a fan of those, then The Tipple Twins and the Gift would be just your kind of thing.

Author Michelle Cordara is an identical twin and the mother of twin boys. She wanted to write a story that featured twins and their special relationship; but which also highlighted the fact that children who are a twins can still be unique and can still be themselves.

The Tipple Twins and the Gift is available in paperback (£6.99) and on Kindle (£3.99) at all good bookshops and online retailers.

If you enjoyed this book review, you might also like to read about Midnight Monsters by Helen Friel.