The Phantom Twin

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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Lisa Brown is a New York Times bestselling illustrator, author, and cartoonist. Her work includes a slew of illustrated books including Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket; The Airport Book, Picture the Dead with Adele Griffin; and Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert. For adults, Long Story Short is a collection of comic strips about classic novels. She lives in San Francisco and teaches in the illustration department of the California College of the Art.

Brown's expressive line illustrations effectively serve the story, conveying the early twentieth century setting and particulars of the sideshow, delineating the various characters and their nuanced relationships (particularly between Isabel and the phantom Jane), and driving the plot toward its satisfying conclusion.--Horn Book, starred review

Fans of Brosgol's Anya's Ghost will want to get a ticket to this satisfyingly strange tale.--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Brown delivers a sensitive, nuanced meditation on ability, agency, belonging, family, and otherness.--School Library Journal, starred review

[Brown]...incorporates commentary on the mixed experiences of freak performers, always treating this subject with respect. What emerges is a marvelous story marked by tragedy, courage, personal growth, and first love that is as singular as Isabel herself. --Booklist, starred review

"Lovely. A fascinating and heartfelt tale of two sisters, beautifully told, beautifully drawn." --Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

"A ghost story, a story of outsiders and carnivals, of vanity and friendship, innocents and monsters, and the way our loved ones haunt us even after they are gone. Perfectly paced and painfully told, The Phantom Twin will break your heart over and over." --Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Graveyard Book

"As strange and lovely as the sideshow it portrays, The Phantom Twin is a unique delight." --Vera Brosgol, Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator of Be Prepared and Anya's Ghost

"There's heart and soul visible in every panel of this beautiful book." --Carson Ellis, Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator of Du Iz Tak?

"Skating the line of unsettling and adorable, Brown's trademark tidy artwork and straightforward, emotional text will make readers wrestle with what it means to be a 'freak.' Step right up." --Daniel Kraus, New York Times-bestselling coauthor of The Shape of Water

"Fascinating and creepy and gorgeous--a ghost story that's equal parts romance, reckoning with grief, and tale of two sisters. I'm in love." --Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea