“Double Identity” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

27 Jul


As Bethany approaches her thirteenth birthday, her parents begin acting more oddly than usual: her mother cries constantly, and her father barely lets Bethany out of his sight. Then one morning, he drops Bethany off – over several state lines —with an aunt she never knew existed. Bethany is worried that her mom and dad are running from some kind of trouble, but she can't find them because they won't tell her where they are going.

Bethany's only clue is a few words she overheard her father tell her aunt Myrlie: "She doesn't know anything about Elizabeth." But her aunt will not tell who Elizabeth is, and she won't explain why people in her small town react to Bethany as if they have seen a ghost.

"Double Identity" was awesome and definitely kept me hooked. I strongly recommend it!


Posted by on July 27, 2006 in Uncategorized


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11 responses to ““Double Identity” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  1. Anonymous

    October 27, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    HEY you are right about this book! One of my friends has the same LA teacher as me told me about this book. So i said what the heck i loved this book i finished it in 2 days i couldnt put it down. I would deffenitly recommend this book to anyone exspecially to kids who dont like to read because this book is an easy read and keeps you interrested.

    • mel1317

      October 30, 2007 at 4:46 pm

      Excellent, thanks for the feedback! Margaret Peterson Haddix’s “Shadow Children” series (those “Among the …” books) are also super popular with teen sci-fi fans, and they’re choices for reluctant readers.

      If you want to read another book that deals with the ethics of cutting-edge medical technologies, you might want to try Nancy Werlin’s “Double Helix” or, for a more lighthearted approach, Bev Katz Rosenbaum’s “I Was a Teenage Popsicle.” Happy reading!

    • Anonymous

      April 9, 2008 at 6:44 am

      So true!

      I loved this book and I had a great time reading it. 😀

      • mel1317

        April 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm

        Re: So true!


        I’m so glad you posted here, because it also gives me the opportunity to update some of these links. Our catalog was upgraded since I last commented on this entry. Here are the corrected links for the read-alike books I mentioned above:

        “Among the …” series
        “Double Helix”
        “I Was a Teenage Popsicle”

        Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 9:56 pm


    I LOVED this book! I used it for a book report and LOVED IT! Everyone I talked to loves it too! YOU should REALLY check it out! If u DON’T like to read you will change your mind after you read THIS book!
    LOVE IT!

  3. mel1317

    August 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Re: do not get book

    Fair enough. I wonder if maybe you just didn’t like the genre or the writing style? Maybe if you give us some more info on your own reading interests, we can find something better for you to read. Thanks for posting your comment.

  4. Anonymous

    November 25, 2008 at 12:12 am

    double identity

    hey y’all i loved this book it was amazingly suspenseful and just flat out great i love margaret’s books anyway so it was pretty natural for me to like it. if you liked this then you should check out her book called house on the gulf its an awesome book too1

    • mel1317

      December 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm

      Re: double identity

      Hey, thanks for the comment and for the heads-up on Margaret Peterson Haddix’s “House on the Gulf.” This seems to be one of the few books by Margaret that we don’t have here at Kinnelon. I promise to fix that shortly! In the meantime, here’s some information from our county library catalog about the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. Anonymous

    November 25, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Re: do not get book

    how can you not not like this book!!!!! 😦

  6. Anonymous

    February 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Re: double identity

    i thought it was amazing!

  7. Anonymous

    May 24, 2010 at 1:10 am

    read it

    it was such a good book and i finished it in 3 hours. it was one of the best books i’ve ever read. YOU MUST READ IT I GIVE IT A MILLION THUMBS UP


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