The Secret Twin

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Harper Collins, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 400 pages
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Noah has a secret unlike any other. . . .

He is the rarest of humans.

Noah was born conjoined, sharing a heart with his twin brother, but only he has survived. Thirteen years later, when his grandmother undergoes painful surgery, Noah finds himself in the care of Nurse Grace, who has a secret of her own. And when another stranger, a mysterious sniper, begins to terrorize their city, Noah and Grace must confront the extraordinary circumstances of their present lives and the possibilities of the unknown beyond.

In spare, lyrical prose, Denise Gosliner Orenstein knits a powerful, unusual tale of two voices and a joint journey of separation, self-discovery, and forgiveness.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this dreamlike narrative, two love-starved young people connect in the brief time they share. Prissy and underfed, 13-year-old Noah has been raised by his grandmother, Mademoiselle. A former ... Read full review

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User Review  - lalalibrarian - LibraryThing

beautiful! This story is alternately told by Noah, a 13 year old boy who was cut from his conjoined twin at birth (the twin didn't survive), and Grace, a nurse who is staying with Noah after his ... Read full review



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About the author (2007)

Denise Gosliner Orenstein is the author of three novels and currently holds the position of Director, American University MFA Program in Creative Writing in Washington, D.C. She is also a writing mentor for the PEN American Center Prison Writing Project and a participant in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools Program. She lives with her two daughters in Washington, D.C.