Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they’ve been inseparable since birth. But it’s the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them.
Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn’t seen since childhood, will be there.
And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There’s a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it’s getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it’s sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.
When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she’ll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t know when this whole circus trend started with books, but I am loving it. It’s such a brilliant setting for books, and makes for such magical books. I’m sure that it’ll get old sooner or later, but right now it’s amazing.
This is such a fun book, and a really sweet story about siblings and family, which is another thing that we always need more of when it comes to middle grade fiction. It’s a fun story about Tally and Tempest and the curse that follows the twins in their family. It was a fun twist on what we usually see for twin stories, and I loved the way that Tempest’s interest in science played into it later on.
The Good Points of Flower Moon:
I loved the relationship between Tally and Tempest, and how they come together and fall apart throughout the book, just the way that siblings do in real life. It was a really honest depiction of sibling relationships.
The way that science plays into this story is awesome, and I loved that it was involved in a story starring two girls. More girls in STEM fields! It also makes for a fantastic ending and how things turn out for the twins. So well done.
The storytelling in this book is brilliant. Magical realism requires a balance with the storytelling, and Linko does it beautifully. You could almost see this happening in your day to day life, and like magic isn’t even that hard of a thing to conjure. The pacing also matching the story perfectly, just adding to that brilliant storytelling.
This doesn’t play into the rating, but the cover is gorgeous and deserves a point of its own.
The Downsides of Flower Moon:
There were some weird similes and metaphors in this book, along with some bizarre phrases. The ones that Tally actually said were fairly consistent, but phrases like ‘holy green beans’ and ‘as easy as biscuits and gravy’ all over the book were just distracting and made it hard to focus on reading it.
I almost wanted more story for this book. I wanted to see more of the magic and more of the twins and more world building. The book was good, but it could have had some more detail and building to really add to the atmosphere and story.
All in all, this was a great story about family, friendship, and magic, and I’m sure it’s going to be a huge hit with the middle grade crowd. If you love stories about twins and family, magical realism, and merging science and magic together, you’ll likely really enjoy Flower Moon!