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Booklist: Sisters

June 17th, 2014 (08:08 pm)
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Here are some fantastic stories about what it means to be a sister and to have sisters. Each section is alphabetized by author.

Classics
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor

Picture Books
Mermaid Sister by Mary Ann Fraser

For ages 8 and up
The Penderwicks books by Jeanne Birdsall
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume
The Steps by Rachel Cohn
- Sequel: Two Steps Forward
The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
Petal Pushers series by Catherine R. Daly
Shug by Jenny Han
Runaround by Helen Hemphill
Piper Reed, Navy Brat and follow-up titles by Kimberly Willis Holt, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Sisters, Long Ago by Peg Kehret
The Sisters Impossible by J.D. Landis
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Maggie Valley books by Kerry Madden
- Gentle's Holler
- Louisiana's Song
- Jessie's Mountain
The Baby-Sisters Club series by Ann M. Martin, especially:
- #7 Claudia and Mean Janine
- #14 Hello, Mallory
- #24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise
- #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister
- #112 Kristy and the Sister War
The Sisters Club books by Megan McDonald - Read them in order!
- The Sisters Club
- The Sisters Club: Rule of Three
- The Sisters Club: Cloudy With a Chance of Boys
Yours Truly, Skye O'Shea by Megan Shull
Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian
The Hollywood Sisters series by Mary Wilcox

For teenagers
What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando
Pirouette by Robyn Bavati
Cassandra's Sister: Growing Up Jane Austen by Veronica Bennett
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway
Replay by Robin Brande
The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer
Stay with Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- Sequel: Scarlett Fever
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (Sisters Meg and Alexa are supporting characters, and they are fantastic.)
We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
The Avery Sisters trilogy by Rachel Vail
- Lucky
- Gorgeous
- Brilliant

There are plenty of sisterhood stories for adults as well, of course, such as My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

I dedicate this booklist to my own sister. :)

Comments

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 26th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)

Enjoy P&P! I think you'll like it.

I've read most of Ann's books - BSC, a handful of California Diaries, her earlier novels and some of her more recent novels - but none of The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class and only a few BSC Little Sister, and I have yet to read the Doll duo. Here, let me use Wikipedia to pull up a chronological list of her stand-alone or short-sequence novels and bold what I have read:

* Bummer Summer (1983)
* Inside Out (1984)
* Stage Fright (1984)
* Me and Katie (the Pest) (1985)
* With You and Without You (1986)
* Missing Since Monday (1987)
* Just a Summer Romance (1987)
* Slam Book (1987)
* Ten Kids, No Pets (1988)
* Yours Turly, Shirley (1988)

* Ma and Pa Dracula (1989)
* Eleven Kids, One Summer (1991)
* Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-off (1992)
* Leo the Magnificat (1996)
* P.S. Longer Letter Later (1998) (with Paula Danziger)
* Snail Mail No More (2000) (with Paula Danziger)

* The Doll People (2001) (with Laura Godwin)
* Belle Teal (2001)
* A Corner of the Universe (2002; named 2003 Newbery Honor book)
* The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) (with Laura Godwin)
* Here Today (2004)
* A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray (2005)
* On Christmas Eve (2006)
* Welcome to Camden Falls (2007)
* Needle and Thread (2007)
* 'Tis the Season (2007)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 27th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)

The California Diaries were definitely different - edgier - which I liked, and found it ironic that her series with two Sunshines was the series that finally showed that life wasn't always happy, as those books didn't always have happy endings.

I hope you track down some of her earlier books. Some are fun and silly, others are more serious.

Posted by: David Lubar (davidlubar)
Posted at: December 26th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)

A Summer to Die is my favorite Lowis Lowry book. It's nice to see it on your list.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 26th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)

Hi David! Happy holidays.

I love that book. It's incredibly sad, yet I read it over and over again as a kid. It's one of my favorite Lowrys as well, alongside Number the Stars.

Posted by: David Lubar (davidlubar)
Posted at: December 27th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)

Happy holidays to you, too. Another Lowry favorite of mine that is also somewhat overlooked is Taking Care of Terrific. All her stuff is great. My first encounter with her was by way of Anastasia Krupnick (sp?).

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 27th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)

I love the Anastasia books!

I feel that Rabble Starkey is overlooked too.

Posted by: charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com (charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com)
Posted at: January 10th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)

Nice list! Here two of my favorite sisters books:

The Exiles and its sequels, by Hilary McKay

Not a Swan by Michelle Magorian

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 13th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)

Thanks! I'll have to look those up!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 13th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Other Books

Here's another great book about what it means to be a sister: "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult. I read this when I was 12 and cried for a couple hours after finishing it...and I've reread it a million times and still cry after each reading. Trust me, you will love this book. Jodi Picoult amazingly captures what it means to be a sister and how strong that relationship is.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 13th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Re: Other Books

I liked My Sister's Keeper as well. I read it years ago, but was discussing it just this weekend, and again today. Good timing.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 30th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)

Re-read them before the movie comes out!

:)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 30th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)

I've read the first few volumes of Wimpy Kid, and I have recommended them to reluctant readers and their families.

I think you would have liked the Ramona TV show with Sara Polley - Have we discussed this? I feel as though we've discussed this.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 30th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)

Wimpy Kid: Read the books first!

Ramona TV show: I wish they'd release it on DVD. She did a great job in the role, and the writers did a great job adapting the novels into episodes.

Ramona movie: I hope they do the books justice!

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