Two of a Kind– Twins in Teen Novels

prophecy of the sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
YA ZINK, M.
Soon after their father dies under mysterious circumstances, orphaned twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe discover that an ancient prophecy has pitted them against one another in a mystical battle between good and evil. One of them will save the world – if she can prevent the other from bringing about its end. But which one is which? Set in a small town in upstate New York in the 19th century and written with a distinct Victorian air, this haunting novel features richly drawn characters, psychological nuances, spells, fallen angels, and murder most foul.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

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All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
YA WYLIE, S.
Convinced that she has nine lives after cheating death twice as a child, sixteen-year-old Dani tries to forfeit her remaining lives in hopes of saving her twin sister, Jena, whose leukemia is consuming their family.

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Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
YA WREDE, P.
Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.

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Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.

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Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
YA WARMAN, J.
Eighteen-year-old identical twins Alice and Rachel have always shared a very special bond, so when one is abducted the other uses their connection to try to locate her.

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A Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Separated since birth, seventeen-year-old twins Thais and Clio unexpectedly meet in New Orleans where they seem to be pursued by a coven of witches who want to harness the twins’ magical powers for its own ends.

Kindred

Kindred by Tammar Stein
YA STEIN, T.
Spiritual warfare breaks out when the Archangel Raphael and the Devil deliver assignments to eighteen-year-old fraternal twins Miriam and Moses.

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Inexplicable events occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

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The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

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Linked by Imogen Howson
YA SF HOWSON, I.
When Elissa’s nightmarish visions and inexplicable bruises lead to the discovery of a battered twin sister on the run from government agents, Elissa enlists the help of an arrogant new graduate from the space academy.

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Erasing Time by C.J. Hill
YA SF HILL, C.
Eighteen-year-old twins Taylor and Sheridan are pulled into the future and must find a way to stop the evil government from using the time machine again.

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Dualed by Elsie Chapman
YA SF CHAPMAN, E.
West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.

Alchemyst

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Having discovered the secret to eternal youth, 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife are alive and well in present-day San Francisco, California. But they won’t stay well if 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman don’t fulfill their prophesied role of either saving or destroying the world, starting by getting back an ancient text stolen from Flamel’s bookstore.

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Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
YA RYAN, P.
Twins Kyle – who is gay – and Judy – who claims to be religious to get closer to a boy who runs a bible study group – are both attracted to Garret, a classmate who is finishing the school year with their family, and who says he is a vampire.

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.
When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Envy

Envy by Gregg Olsen
YA MY OLSEN, G.
Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.

MidnightTwins

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
YA MITCHARD, J.
Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another’s thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.
Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

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The Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.
After the apocalyptic Omega, a group of orphaned teen boys learn of their dark fate and escape, joining forces with twin girls who have been imprisoned for the ‘good of the republic.’ In their plight for freedom, these young heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

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A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
YA AVERY, L.
Shortly after her boyfriend, Peter, is deployed to Afghanistan, high school senior Michelle dies in a car crash and when her bereft twin, Kelsey, connects with Peter she is unable to tell him the truth as, through their separate woes, they support each other and begin to fall in love.

DeadlyDesign

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
YA DOCKTER, D.
Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Connor was born first, and he was the best at everything– valedictorian, star quarterback… everything. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try. But when Connor suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays. Now Kyle is motivated– to save his own life.

Untwine

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
YA DANTICAT, E.
Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating–but when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone’s world is shattered forever.

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Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz
YA DE LA CRUZ, M.
Twin witches (and Norse goddesses) Molly and Mardi Overbrook are sent to North Hampton for the summer where they must learn to control their powers before the White Council exiles them to Limbo.

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The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
YA LEAVER, T.
When her identical twin sister Maddy is killed in a car accident, seventeen-year-old Ella assumes Maddy’s life, only to discover that it was filled with dark secrets.

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Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
YA ARMSTRONG, K.
Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they’re charged with protecting turn vengeful.

Nightfall

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski<
YA HALPERN, J.
On the island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours–it comes every twenty-eight years. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long; the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night. Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are bizarre but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way. When one of their friends goes missing just as the ships are about to sail, the twins know the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling….

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There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
YA ARCOS, C.
Overwhelmed by grief and guilt after his twin sister Grace’s accidental death, seventeen-year-old Mark Santos is persuaded by his best friend to complete the “bucket list” from Grace’s journal.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
YA KIERNAN, C.
In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
YA NELSON, J.
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
YA ALEXANDER, K.
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

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Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael
YA CARMICHAEL, C.
After his grandmother’s death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.

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This One Time with Julia by David Lampson
YA LAMPSON, D.
Joe’s twin brother has disappeared, and his brother’s girlfriend, Julia, takes eighteen-year-old Joe on a road trip that changes his life.

Chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley
YA BILLINGSLEY, F.
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Bumped

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
YA MCCAFFERTY, M.
In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

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Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
YA DOYLE, M.
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Identical

Identical by Ellen Hopkins
YA HOPKINS, E.
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

SureFire

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards
YA HIGGINS, J.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world’s oil.