Alternating first-person narration finds a perfect match with twins Maya and Chaya. This novel in verse explores what it is like when inseparable twins begin to go their own ways. Here’s the official preview:

Maya is the pragmatic twin, but her secret anxiety threatens to overwhelm her.

Chaya is the outgoing twin. When she sees her beloved sister suffering, she wants to tell their parents—which makes Maya feel completely betrayed. With Maya shutting her out, Chaya makes a dramatic change to give her twin the space she seems to need. But that’s the last thing Maya wants, and the girls just drift further apart.

The once-close sisters can’t seem to find their rhythm, so they make a bet: they’ll switch places at their summer camp, and whoever can keep the ruse going longer will get to decide where they both attend high school—the source of frequent arguments. But stepping into each other’s shoes comes with its own difficulties, and the girls don’t know how they’re going to make it.


The flowing, verse style of writing is perfect to expose the deep emotions of each twin. There’s a younger brother they both care about and two loving parents who often don’t agree on the best way to raise these girls. Maya and Chaya have superb musical potential which also serves to separate them into different camps.

Lying, mental health, self harm, and the pursuit of one’s true identity are heavy topics brought forth in a superb way. The words bring understanding and compassion for what these twins face in their young life. The 352 pages flow by quickly with a unique layout of engaging chapter titles, text, and fonts.

Mirror to Mirror serves as a great read and also a great discussion starter for 11-13 year olds about hidden anxiety. Highly recommended.


  1. Superstitions can truly overwhelm those who believe in their power. This is vividly brought forth with Maya and a broken mirror.
  2. On the surface the family appears perfect, but the story deftly unwraps the anxiety present underneath.
  3. Anyone into music will like when Maya and Chaya attend a music camp in the summer.
  4. Parental disagreements don’t always have to end in divorce as this tale shows. There are arguments but also growth as these parents work things out.
  5. Friends Jay and Anisa provide interesting subplots to this family story. They are not equally liked and seen the same way by each twin.


Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks. Learn more about Rajani and her books at www.RajaniLaRocca.com and TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. She also co-hosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.




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6 Responses to MIRROR TO MIRROR

  1. I’ve always wanted to have a twin, although perhaps not an identical one. This sounds a great book, impressed that it handles such big themes so well! I must watch out for it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. schmelzb says:

    I love everything Rajani writes. She’s amazing partly because she writes in many forms including picture books, novels, and novels in verse. Her themes and voices resonate with readers as we see with all the state awards from student readers!

  3. Brenda says:

    Twin stories always sound like fun. I especially enjoy that they getting to see each others side by changing places. Sounds like some tough themes and valuable messages.

  4. Susan Uhlig says:

    This sounds so good!

  5. I noticed you were reading this book, as I’ve had my eye on it. Novels in verser really tap into the emotional life of the characters in such a unique way. Your review makes me want to read this book — haven’t reviewed any twin books in a long time. Thanks for sharing!

  6. writercarolb says:

    This sounds like a terrific book. Love that they have a challenge to one another with a promise of which HS they’ll attend. Great review.

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