Troubletwisters series

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Troubletwisters series
First edition cover of first novel

The Monster

Author Garth Nix,
Sean Williams
Cover artist Jeremy Reston
Country United States, Australia
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Scholastic Press (USA),
Allen & Unwin (AU)
Published May 1, 2011 - current
Media type Print
Followed by The Monster

Troubletwisters is an ongoing series of young adult fantasy novels by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. The first novel in the series, Troubletwisters was released on May 1, 2011 through Scholastic Press and Allen & Unwin. Williams and Nix have stated that the series will comprise five novels.[1]


The series follows siblings Jaide and Jack as they discover that they are both "troubletwisters" and as such, possess strange abilities. Initially unaware of this fact, this revelation becomes apparent after they are sent to Portland to live with a grandmother they've never met after their house is destroyed in an explosion neither of them can fully explain. Once there, their lives grow even stranger as they continue to experience strange magical scenarios and beings. They eventually discover what it means to be troubletwisters, and that it is up to them to defeat The Evil.

List of books[edit]

  1. The Magic (2011) (aka Troubletwisters in Australia)
  2. The Monster (2012)
  3. The Mystery (2013) (aka Mystery of the Golden Card in Australia)
  4. The Missing (2014) (aka Missing, Presumed Evil in Australia and the UK)


Critical reception for the series has been mostly positive,[2][3][4] with Cory Doctorow calling the first entry "as marvellous as its pedigree suggests".[5] A reviewer for commented that the first volume's story was occasionally frustrating, as some plot elements were overly dragged out with "worn excuses" relating to the age and inexperience of the two main characters.[6] Booklist gave a mostly positive review for The Monster, writing that "[w]hile the resolution is a little too easy (and not easily explainable), it will satisfy most readers."[7]


  1. ^ "Fantasy authors to collaborate on Troubletwisters". Hindustan Times. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Locus Online Reviews: Troubletwisters". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Review: The Monster". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Grades 5 & Up: June 2012". School Library Journal. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Troubletwisters: Garth Nix and Sean Williams' action-packed new kids' fantasy". Boing Boing. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Team up with twins for summer adventure". Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Review: Monster". Booklist. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 

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