Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Gantos, Jack.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
ISBN 0374336903
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Nature vs. nurture.  It's a never-ending argument.  Are we born with certain personality traits?  Or does our upbringing determine who we are?  Do we have free will to chart our own course in life?  Or are our fates set in stone?  Young Ivy ponders these questions and more through her life.  The daughter of a single mother, Ivy has never known who her father was.  And her mother has never offered to tell her.  When Ivy is seven-years-old, she discovers a very strange secret about the twin pharmacists that live across the street.  Ivy has always liked Adolph and Abner and they always doted on her.  They even let her set up a play area in the basement of the pharmacy.  But what she found there will fascinate her rather than scare her as it may for other little girls.  Does that mean she is cursed as well?  Does the fact that she understands the Rumbaugh twins secret mean that she too is afflicted with the love curse of the Rumbaughs?
SUBJECTS:     Mothers -- Fiction.
                        Twins -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Horror stories.
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