Books for Kids: Sisters

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Scholastic Canada
By Raina Telgemeier
208 pages
age 8-12
Graphic Novel

Synopsis from Scholastic Canada:

Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Summer at the cottage or long road trips bring with it time with the siblings in close quarters. Sisters reminded me so much of the relationship I had with my younger sister growing up and the relationship my daughters have now. I found myself nodding was I flipped to Raina’s story. My own kids would agree, having read the book in a sitting, seeing many aspects of their own relationship illustrated within the pages of Sisters. Even my son enjoyed the story.

The graphic novel format brings the story to life, like a slice of life, perfect for a summer break read or a family road trip (especially since a good chunk of the story happens on a road trip). Although Sisters is based on author Raina’s relationship with her own sister, many tweens with siblings will find aspects of the story to relate to. It also explores the dynamic with family and extended family. Our siblings may drive us crazy but they are a constant and have your back when you really needed them.

Sisters is a great read as we head off on family trips and and the siblings find themselves spending a lot more time with each other.

Additional Reading: Jane, the Fox and Me.

You can find a copy of Sisters from Scholastic Canada. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations.

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