Banks The Mystery of the Cupboard, , etc. From birth, Angela is the embodiment of goodness; people blissfully melt at the sight of her. Everyone loathes nasty, screaming, purple-faced Diabola: Her parents have to pay a pair of street bums to be her godparents, and the vicar is so startled by her mean little eyes that he drops her in the baptismal font. Diabola, absolutely without conscience, grows up and goes on wreaking havoc, culminating with the burning down of the school. She's by far the more engrossing character, but sweet, passive Angela has more to her than meets the eye—she's the only person on earth with a modicum of control over Diabola.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Angela and Diabola by Lynne Reid Banks. Wicked, hilarious magic in an acclaimed novel of good and evil twins, from The New York Times bestselling author of The Indian in the Cupboard.
Twins Angela and Diabola are as different as day and night. From the moment they are born, Angela is beautiful, loving, and perfect in every way. Diabola is ugly, unpleasant, and troublesome in direct proportion.
No one knows what t Wicked, hilarious magic in an acclaimed novel of good and evil twins, from The New York Times bestselling author of The Indian in the Cupboard. No one knows what to do about the horrid child, and only her twin Angela has the power to affect her -- but at a terrible price. A wickedly comic novel A modern fairy tale in form, arch in style.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Angela and Diabola. Jan 24, Kritika rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , five-star-books. I read this book in 4th or 5th grade. It's been over 10 years, and I still remember the ending and how much it shocked me. Now that is an ending with impact pun intended. Couldn't help myself! Jan 18, Katherine rated it really liked it. This was cute. It's been a while since I read it, but I do remember it being really cute story about sibling rivaly.
Angela would be the perfect angel almost literaly and Diabola would be three horns short of the anti-christ. Haveing these two be twins only adds to the story and comparisons. The story follows them from birth to about third grade. If I could find it again, I'd read it again.
Apr 24, Allanna rated it it was ok. A pair of twins, opposite and nearly-supernatural in their differences. It was alright. There were some shades of Roald Dahl in the writing. Mar 08, Anna rated it it was ok. For those people out there that love Ms. Banks' books and wonder why I give this book by such an excellent author a two star rating?
I have always loved Lynne's stories before and I still have a fond feelings towards them when I listen to them on audio tapes however this one did not bring fond feelings back when I read this for the second time around and I should have known that it wouldn't have improved anything especially not my sudden loathing for this book and this time I finally did sorta f For those people out there that love Ms.
I have always loved Lynne's stories before and I still have a fond feelings towards them when I listen to them on audio tapes however this one did not bring fond feelings back when I read this for the second time around and I should have known that it wouldn't have improved anything especially not my sudden loathing for this book and this time I finally did sorta finish it but it came with a cost.
Unlike the other books that Lynne has cleverly written that fill me with happy and almost blissful feelings. Instead it brought dread and fear and loathing by the time I read the last sentence. Diabola is such an evil character that I first pitied then loathed because you feel sorry for her and her evil ways even though she is the bad guy or lady whichever you prefer then she turns so terrible and revolting that your sudden sadness turns to.
I first read this years ago. I borrowed it from my school library and accidentally never returned it I still love the story to this day. A lot of people seem to say in their reviews that they found it somewhat disturbing, but I always thought that was part of its charm.
Very Dahl-ish in it's humour, I absolutely adored it and have read it many times since. I love the theme of names, and how they can help to shape or cement a personality- it always intrigued me! Also the exploration of the na I first read this years ago. Also the exploration of the nature of parental love and the idea that even parents aren't indestructible really interested me, and it wasn't a theme I had ever encountered in a children's book before.
A great book- certainly worth a read and one I will definitely be keeping on the off chance that I ever have children! Oct 28, Christen rated it liked it Shelves: book-club Quite different from what I expected. I thought it would be a cute story about twin girls who were kind of the opposite of each other.
But instead, one was the embodiment of pure good and the other of pure evil. And the ending was quite shocking. I thought that maybe it would be a book that Gibson could read, but I don't think he should read it for a few years.
I do like the way this author writes, though. It reminded me of what reading a well-written story is like. I read a lot of books that te Quite different from what I expected. I read a lot of books that tell a good story, but may not have been well-written. This was well-written, and definitely a unique story! Apr 17, Riri rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , middle-grade.
At first it's a cute story about a pair of twins who are polar opposites. Angela is a sweet little angel, while Diabola is.. The first half of the book is about how their parents handled them, which is fun to read. The last half though, the story got weirder and weirder and eventually came to an equally weird ending. Too bad, but still a good read nonetheless.
Sep 30, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-aloud , children. My kids kept bringing the book to me anytime they thought there was even a chance I'd read some of it. It is hilarious and I have read it several times. The first time was after hearing Lynn Reid Banks herself read aloud the first chapter. What a treat! That is something I'll never forget. There is nothing to equal hearing and author reading aloud their own creation! This book is unputdownable It's about to twins who are supposed to be one girl, one is a incredibly sweet,good and kind the other is truley diabolical as her name may suggest.
They get up to all sorts of things. It makes you laugh and maybe sometimes cry. Mar 15, T. Masami Tadehara rated it it was amazing. This book is dark and depressing in a lot of ways.
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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Diabola's behavior is horrific, funny in a very dark way, and not intended to be taken seriously. Parents need to know that this is the blackest of black humor, and not for any child who will take it literally. For instance, 1-year-old Diabola strangles a cat and tosses it out the window, hitting her father on the head and knocking him into a flowerbed. If your kid will feel badly for the cat, this probably isn't the right book.
Angela And Diabola