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Oppel, Kenneth.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN  1442403152
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Viktor and Konrad Frakenstein are identical 16-year-old twins.  Their resemblance ends at their appearance, however - Konrad has a sunny, pleasing nature where Viktor is brooding and uncomfortable with his happy, close-knit family, which includes loving parents, two younger brothers, Elizabeth (a distant cousin), and Henry (a family friend close enough to be blood).  While exploring the castle, the young people discover a camoflaged panel, leading them to a hidden library, full of oddly titled, old books in strange languages.  The books are alchemical in nature and may lead to the fabled Elixir of Life.  When Konrad falls fatally ill, Viktor and Elizabeth are consumed with translating and creating the Elixir.  (NH Isinglass Teen Award nominee, 2013)
SUBJECTS:     Twins -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Alchemy -- Fiction.
                        Geneva (Republic) -- History -- 18th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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