Delighted to welcome another children’s author to the Reading room, Emiliya Ahmadova with – My Twin Sister and Me: A scout always does her best! Readers’ Favorite five star rated
About the book
Glue on the windowsill and toothpaste in the shoes. Who did the deed?
Twelve-year-old Cub Scout twins Julieta and Rafaela have to deal with their older sister’s ugly tricks, which get them into trouble.
At school, Julieta is being mocked for the freckles on her face and her crooked teeth. Forgetting her own plight, however, she stands up to a bully, Claudius, in order to protect her friend Montano from being persecuted. Out of kindness she agrees to go to the movie with Montano. Due to situations beyond her control, it ends up being an embarrassment in more ways than one. However, once again, she stands up for Montano.
Another time, their Uncle David surprises the family by flying from his home in the US to Caracas for a visit. His visit causes worry; something is wrong. Julieta faces her fears in order to save her ill uncle in the middle of the night. After saving him, she becomes a hero in the uncle’s eyes.
The Scouts plan to attend a Jamboree in Russia, and the girls get caught up in the planning and carrying out of various schemes to pay for the adventure.
This book not only introduces children to Scouting, but also teaches them values, morals, and faith. My Twin Sister and Me shows how to manage anger, face one’s fears, the importance of self-respect, and how to deal with bullying. Above all, it helps kids learn how to show kindness to others. Oh–and very importantly: how to have fun.
Why readers are hooked by The My Twin Sister And Me:
‘This is a very interesting story, the sort of story that could take place anywhere. For any young girl between nine and thirteen years old (the age range for this book) who is having trouble dealing with adolescence, or thinks that no one can understand what they are experiencing, reading this book is a very good idea. This gets 4, maybe 4.5 stars.’
‘Through the eyes of a twin, it tells about real life struggles, particularly how to deal with bullying in school, and how to become a better person. ‘
One of the great reviews for the book
My Twin Sister and Me by Emiliya Ahmadove is set in Caracas, Venezuela, and told in the slightly formal tones of twelve-year-old twin Julieta. “My jaw almost dropped to the floor” she declares, describing how she found her father dying his beard, she assumes because his “misshapen body made him feel insecure, especially as my mother held an esteemed position as a manager.” Mother and daughters are blessed with good looks, though only Julieta suffers from freckles and twisted teeth. Meanwhile the blonde-headed older sister is described as “repulsive.”
Appearances matter in school of course, and bullies abound, making appearances matter even more. But Julieta is soon helping Fat Boy and, “cognizant of the negative consequences o arguments and name-calling,” threatening a bully with just what things she might reveal to his father (including stealing the teacher’s toilet paper). There’s a pleasing humor behind the formal tones, and pleasing wisdom in the advice.
This tale of teen angst, girls growing up, faith and Scouthood has a serious side, with a sick uncle, shortage of money, questions of faith in a good God when good people are ill, and the desire of a girl to be good. Black and white illustrations add convincing faces to the characters and enhance the old-world feeling of this very modern-world tale.
Also for adult readers
About Emiliya Ahmadova
Although I was born and grew up in Azerbaijan, as a married woman I now live abroad. Because of this redirection in my life, I speak three languages: Azeri, Russian and English. As a believer, mother, author, motivational coach, and former scout and youth leader, my life is entirely governed by the necessity of believing in the possibility of everything. In applying myself to my family and working diligently on my career, I always ensure that God plays the central and key role in my life to avoid a mere existence.
My primary pursuit revolves around writing and helping people in the process by getting published: writing drives me forward by always creating texts from new ideas and thereby bringing a positive force into the lives of those surrounding me. As a writer by craft, I aim to treat subjects that not only spark and capture my readers’ interest, but also instruct by highlighting those issues that we humans confront on a daily basis by providing direction (often by the indirect to find direction out as Iago said in William Shakespeare’s Othello).
Thanks very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Emiliya’s book… thanks Sally.