Trading Faces: Mini Reviews (MMGM)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hi everyone! I didn't think that I could fit in a review for this week, but I made it! First things first, I wanted to wish you guys all a slightly late Fourth of July! I spent mine playing outside with my cousins, and unfortunately not actually reading the book I was planning to review today. Oops. Second, I'm going to be adding a fun would you rather question down below and I would love to hear which one you'd choose in the comments! Okay, so that was a rather long introduction, so let's get started!

This week, I'm reviewing the Trading Faces series. The books are about twins and WRITTEN BY TWINS! Isn't that awesome? Check them out: 


On the first day of seventh grade, twin sisters Payton and Emma have been assigned entirely different schedules - for the first time ever. Without telling anyone, the twins switch places: Cool Payton goes incognito as quiet Emma, while mathlete Emma impersonates fashionista Payton. 

No one - from their new teachers to their clueless classmates - realizes they have made a switch. The twins quickly find out that playing a different role in life can be a lot of fun - and that no one is exactly the person the rest of the world thinks they are.

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: M!x
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (December 22, 2009)


Twin sisters Payton and Emma have learned that "trading faces" can lead to "twin-dentical" chaos, and they've promised never to do it again. But just to be sure that they've really learned their lesson, the school counselor has a punishment in store, and they're not going to be sitting through detention -- or hyperventilating through detention, in Emma's case. Instead, Emma's tutoring a math-hating eight-year-old boy who brings a creepy reptile to every lesson. Meanwhile, Payton has to keep an eye on his brother and help the drama club with their musical -- but she's not going to be onstage, she'll be under it! Oh! And the boys? They're identical twins too.... 

When things start spinning out of control, will it take another twin switch to sort it out? And just how many switches are going on at once? In the end, it's good to have a twin who's got your back as well as your face!

Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: mix
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)


Everyone's favorite dynamic duo is back for more twin-tastical adventures! 

Identical twin sisters Payton and Emma Mills have "traded faces" and caused "twin-dentical chaos" at school and at home. Now they are off to "twin-vade" New York City! Payton's drama club is going to see an Off-Broadway show, and Emma's mathlete team is competing in an elite competition. But Payton never imagines the star of the show would be an old nemesis, and Emma struggles to keep her mind on math when there are so many distractions. (Ox crushing on another girl? The hotel pool!) Then they have to rescue each other and pull off another "twinsformation"... but is the big city ready for Payton and Emma's mixed up mayhem? 

  • Age Range:
     9 - 13 years
  • Series: M!x
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (December 20, 2011)


After their adventures in New York City, identical twins Payton and Emma Mills thought life would go back to normal. For Emma that means competing in the upcoming Geobee - and beating her arch-nemesis, Jazmine James! And for Payton it's all about proving to her parents that she can be in both Drama Club and VOGS while keeping up her grades. But then the unimaginable happens: The twins are chosen to appear in a commercial for Teen Sheen shampoo! 

Suddenly it's "Good-bye, everyday life" and "Hello, Hollywood!" But of course there are surprises in store - specifically, Ashlynn (Payton’s camp nemesis), a supercute boy singer, and a cutthroat movie star wannabe...which means more twin-sanity. It’s bright lights, swimming pools, movie stars, and twin-switches galore! 

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: mix
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (December 18, 2012)


When Payton and Emma take on a trio of triplets at the Twin Festival, it’s double—make that triple—the twin-switch fun!

Emma and Payton are home from Hollywood, but the drama continues: Not only is the Homecoming Dance coming up fast, but there’s someone new in school! Three someones, actually: triplets. Oliver, Dexter, and Asher look exactly the same, dress exactly the same, and—worse—have exactly the same superior attitude.

When the triplets mention they’re participating in a regional Twins & SuperTwins Festival that has a Tweens Division and twin-related contests, Payton and Emma are instantly interested. Emma’s been suffering from competition withdrawal ever since Jazmine James managed to get her disqualified from the upcoming science fair, so she’s got her game face on. And once Payton convinces Mrs. Burkle that the festival is perfect for a VOGScast field trip, the whole gang takes a road trip and the games really get going. But attempts to take down the triplets threaten to land everyone in hot water. Can Emma and Payton switch their way out of trouble, or are they stuck in a multiples mess? 

Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: M!x
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)

Things to Like About The TRADING FACES series: 

  • It's written by twins.  Who knows more about twins than twins? The authors are twins and they can probably write about twins better than people who aren't twins. Does that make any sense? 
  • The awesome plot.  Yes, they trade faces, switch places, and cause all sorts of sheenanigans. What's not to like about these two? 
  • The two points of view. I think it's pretty obvious, but I love this reason. We get to see both Emma and Payton's points of view. It's pretty awesome, because we find out that twins aren't mind readers. Also: We get to see the life of the smart twin, and the life of the fashionable twin. Who knew that twins could be so different and so alike at the same time? Not me! 

And now, for the epic question I was promising... 

Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Dun, dun, DUN!!! 

What's your answer? Let me know down below! 

Thanks so much for joining me for this wonderful MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! :-)



  1. I much better and keeping care of pets, so I'd be better off with a dragon in the backyard.
    Never heard of the twin series but it sounds like a fun read, especially for girls.

  2. I'd rather have a dragon. My skin is already so dry and, I wouldn't like that. The twin series sounds fun. I think I'll got the first one for my granddaughter and see where that goes. Thanks for the review.

  3. I would rather be a dragon. I could fly, breathe fire, and terrorize villagers! Taking care of a dragon would be difficult! I do love this series. It's exactly the sort of thing I would have loved when I was in middle school.