Templeton Twins Giveaway

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by  Ellis Weiner, book one in a series, is due on shelves this month and has already caused a bit of a stir! Thank–or blame–The Narrator. When The Mixed Up Files asked him for a comment on the book, he sent us the following crisp reply:


To: Whom It May Concern
From: The Narrator
Re: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea “Contest” “Giveaway”

It has come to my attention that a copy of the abovementioned book, mentioned above, is to be awarded to some middle-grade literateur, savant, devotee, or pedagogue.  (These are French words which mean various things.)

The book, as every schoolchild knows (or will soon know), concerns John and Abigail Templeton,  the clever and resourceful12-year-old twin children of Prof. Elton Templeton, an inventor.  Common responses to this information include, “Wait–why does John, the boy, have to be mentioned first?  Isn’t that just more of the same old sexism that has held hegemonic sway over Western (and, let’s not kid ourselves, Eastern) civilization from the very beginning?” and “How come all of a sudden there are all these ‘Eltons’ everywhere?”

I am equipped neither intellectually nor temperamentally to reply to such queries.  I can, however, answer other questions, including, “Does the text feature a ridiculous dog,” “Are a pair of adult twins assigned the role of the twins’ nemeses,” and “Does the narrative include–as I have been waiting all my life for a narrative to include–a perfectly decent recipe for meatloaf?”  The answer to these is, in each case, “I’m not telling.  You’ll have to win, and read, the book itself to find out.”

I trust this settles the matter.  Good luck to all entrants, or whatever you are.


Good luck indeed! Please enter your comment below to win a copy of this sly and hilarious middle grade novel!      

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Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at www.triciaspringstubb.com
  1. My daughter would love this (now) and my son will get a kick out of it in a year or two 🙂

  2. Be still my heart – a snarky narrator. : )

  3. My students and I would love this book! This book would be loved in our library!!

  4. My students and I would love this book! It would be a perfect addition to our library!!!

  5. Any MG book that does not have a decent meatloaf recipe should have one.

  6. My husband has a twin sister so would love to read this book!

  7. Sounds like a fun read a la The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Name of the Book is Secret!

  8. I am so floored that you are having a givewaway for this book! I was browsing the MG section of my local bookstore this weekend, and this book immediately caught my eye. I read the first few pages and was smiling so much and inspired to write. I think it will be a great book to have. I plan to look for it on my library upcoming list , but hoping I’ll win it here 🙂

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  9. It does sound like a fun read! I will have to add it to my wishlist.


  10. I’ve seen this book popping up around the blogosphere. It sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Love the humor- I’m in!!

  12. Sounds like a book you can’t put down – looking forward!

  13. I’m intrigued! Hope I win so I can read it!

  14. This sounds so, so clever!

  15. oh, I am so much going to like this narrator! and a “perfectly decent recipe for meatloaf” would be very much appreciated benefit of the read.

    great post!