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The Scotch Twins

Lucy Fitch Perkins

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"Don't skip," urged Jock. "Take them just the way they come. I can remember 'em better."

But Jean gave no quarter. "What is predestination?" she demanded.

This was a poser, but Jock tackled it bravely.

"Whom he did foreknow he also did predestinate to-to-" he got so far and stuck.

"To what?" asked Jean.

"To be reformed," Jock hazarded, wallowing in difficulties.

"Conformed," corrected Jean. "You don't know that one at all! What is Saving Grace?"

Jock fell down entirely on saving grace. "It's a—It's a—" he began. Then he bit his lip and scowled, and looked up at the ham hanging from the rafters, and out of the windows, but as nothing more about saving grace occurred to him he said, "Aw, Jean, I know, but I can't think."

"If you knew, you wouldn't have to think," Jean retorted, and then she made him take the book and sit down on the stool by th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

From the complete lack of reviews here, I speculate that the Twins books have gone out of style (not to mention print). That isn't necessarily a bad thing, in most cases. These children's novels about boy-and-girl twin pairs in foreign countries were published early in the 20th century and often...more

Perkins' "Twins" books range widely in reading level and sophistication. The Scotch Twins, with a supposed reading level of sixth grade, is at the high end. In this book, Perkins revokes the poverty of the Highlands of a hundred years ago without romance or pitying, She depicts a world of hard wo...more

flesch-kincaid reading ease: 79.6

A pleasant children's chapter-book set in Scotland.
The author was American, but claimed to have spent
hours talking to Scottish immigrants so that she'd
be able to realistically describe the landscape, social and
economic hierarchy, and speech patterns. It's particularly refreshing
that she didn't...more

This is far and away my favorite of Perkins' Twins series, which I discovered at about age seven. Featuring a more light-hearted adventure plot than some of the others (two of its predecessors, The French Twins and The Belgian Twins, take place during WWI are a very dark, while The Japanese Twins...more

AWESOME, INTERESTING, EXCITING, AND COOL AT THE SAME TIME!

kindle. I like the Scottish accent. It was also funny.

Very cute story - sort of like Huck Finn of the Highlands.