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Grimm, Separated at Birth

Separated at Birth: Title Twins

08.03.10 | Comment?

In order to prove that Wellington City Libraries has rather a lot of books, CDs and things for you to borrow here’s the “Separated at Birth: Title Twins” game. Hopefully to be accompanied by the “Separated at Birth: Cover Twins” game.

So, it goes a little something like this: some books have rather similar titles. If they do (and the title is unusual-ish) they’ll appear on this here blog. If you’ve come across interestingly similar book titles then let us know (leave a comment or something).

(Two recent new arrivals gave me the idea.)

Twin One

Listen Taylor is a relatively normal girl whose relatively normal (apart from the name) life is upturned by her father dating someone from the wacky Zing family. Lotus Lowenstein, on the other hand, has a slightly less normal fixation on all things French in general and existentialism in particular.

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor, Jaclyn Moriarty

The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein, Libby Schmais

Twin Two

The first type of finding has to do with working out who you are; the second type has to do with stumbling across an urn in the back of a taxi.

Finding Freia Lockhart, Aimee Said

Finding Violet Park, Jenny Valentine

Twin Three

John Green’s first novel is arranged in a “before” and “after” structure, with everything hinging on one life-defining moment in a high school student’s life. Melina Marchetta’s first novel follows Josie Alibrandi through her final year of high school, and was made into a very successful movie in 2000 (which the library has). Interestingly, Looking for Alaska looks like it’s going to be made into a movie too (take your hankie when you go).

Looking for Alaska, John Green

Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta

Twin Four

These are quite different. A Northern Light is the story of Mattie Gokey, who gets caught up in the Big Moose Lake murder case (an actual event in 1906). Big Moose Lake is in upstate New York. Northern Lights follows Lyra as she travels north in search of her friend Roger Parslow and Lord Asriel. Northern Lights is known as The Golden Compass in the United States and won the Carnegie Medal in 1995; A Northern Light is known as A Gathering Light in the United Kingdom and won the Carnegie Medal in 2003. Huh.

Northern Lights, Philip Pullman

A Northern Light, Jennifer Donnelly

Am in connect the dots heaven.


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