Missing Sisters – by Gregory Maguire – independent book review – Historical Fiction (U.S.)

MISSING SISTERS is a novel targeted to children 8-12 years of age — about twin sisters who stumble upon the existence of the other after living apart for most of their lives. I think it probably holds up better for its targeted age range than it did for me as an adult reading it. Though I am ordinarily a big fan of Gregory Maguire (same one who wrote the bestselling novel WICKED, that the Broadway musical is based on). Awarded three stars on Goodreads.

It’s 1968. Alice is 12 years old, partially deaf, deeply religious, and living in a Catholic orphanage in Troy, New York. What she doesn’t know is that her sister, Miami Shaw, has been adopted into a loving family in not far away in Albany. Only after a few weeks at a summer camp does Alice begin to suspect she has a double living somewhere. How she and Miami come to meet and what happens afterwards represents the meat of this novelette.

Gregory MaGuire
Photo from his website

It’s a quick read and might make a good book for a family to read together. I do not however recommend it for other adult readers.

More about the author, Gregory Maguire.

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