Annie's Adventures (The Sisters Eight Series #1)

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A rather large problem has befallen the Huit girls. (Sisters, actually. Octuplets to be exact.) One particular New Year’s Eve, the girls wait for their mommy to bring them hot chocolate and their daddy to return with more wood for the fire. But they don’t. Mommy and Daddy, that is. They’re gone. Poof! Maybe dead—no one knows for sure.
You must see the problem here. Eight little girls on their own, no mommy or daddy to take care of them. This is...

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Overview

A rather large problem has befallen the Huit girls. (Sisters, actually. Octuplets to be exact.) One particular New Year’s Eve, the girls wait for their mommy to bring them hot chocolate and their daddy to return with more wood for the fire. But they don’t. Mommy and Daddy, that is. They’re gone. Poof! Maybe dead—no one knows for sure.
You must see the problem here. Eight little girls on their own, no mommy or daddy to take care of them. This is not a good thing.
So now these little girls, must take care of themselves. Get to school, cook the meals, feed the cats (eight of them, too), and pay the bills. They can’t ask for help, oh no. Any self-respecting adult would surely call in social services, and those well-meaning people would have to split them up. After losing their parents, being split up would be completely unbearable.
At the same time, the question remains:What happened to Mommy and Daddy? The Sisters Eight (as they are called, affectionately and otherwise) are determined to find out. Luckily, they do seem to have someone or something helping them. Notes keep appearing behind a loose brick in the fireplace.
It’s a good old-fashioned mystery with missing (or dead) parents, nosy neighbors, talking refrigerators, foul-smelling fruitcake (is there any other kind?), and even a little magic. Eight little girls, eight cats, and one big mystery—let the fun begin!

Annie’s Adventures, wherein the girls’ parents go missing (or die) and the girls learn each one has a power and gift. Annie, being the oldest, is the first to discover hers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Eight sisters, all born a minute apart, have lost their parents on New Year's Eve 2007. They discover a note which tells them that they each have a power and a gift but they each must discover what the power and gift are. Annie's story begins with the sisters learning how to cope without their parents and not letting other adults know about the parents' disappearance. They must go to school and endure riding the bus. Georgia realizes that Annie's gift is being as smart as an adult; another note confirms this when Annie discovers her gift. The sisters get some unexpected help from Pete the mechanic and manage to learn how to drive their eco-friendly Hummer. The girls also have to thwart the meddling of a difficult neighbor, but one wishes they would spend more time searching for their parents. With eight sisters, at least seven other adventures are to follow; hopefully the parents' plight becomes central to one of these adventures. Second or third grade girls may find the "Huit Sisters'" adventures amusing, but too often wordiness and silliness get in the way of a series of adventures about unusual multiple-birth siblings. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
Resourceful octuplets set out to discover the mystery of their missing parents. The offspring of a model father and a scientist/inventor mother, their unorthodox household includes a talking refrigerator. Guided by notes from an unknown source, each girl must unlock her secret power in order to receive a clue in solving their parents' disappearance. The presence of a villainous neighbor and the need to maintain the ruse that their parents are still around keep the girls too busy to be scared. This opener establishes a simple template for the series: The adventures unfold month by month from January to August, each volume focusing on an individual sibling's quest-in this case, Annie's discovery that she's a financial whiz. Narrated in the firstperson plural by one-or more?-of the sisters, the arch tone owes much to Snicket and the like. Weber's lively blackandwhite sketches highlight the humorous and fantastical elements of the story. BaratzLogsted's tales of thrills, suspense and hijinks should satisfy adventureseeking young readers. Book two, Durinda's Dangers (9780547133478; paper 9780547053394), publishes simultaneously. (Fantasy. 610)
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"Weber’s lively black-and-white sketches highlight the humorous and fantastical elements of the story. Baratz-Logsted’s tales of thrills, suspense and hijinks should satisfy adventure-seeking young readers."— Kirkus Reviews (review for Annie's Adventures)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547053387
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/29/2008
  • Series: Sisters Eight Series , #1
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 219,952
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Baratz-Logsted has written books for all ages. Her books for children and young adults include the Sisters Eight series, The Education of Bet and Crazy Beautiful. She lives with her family in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Prologue

The story always begins the same.
Once upon a time, there were eight sisters who would all one day be eight years old. At the same time. They were octuplets, you see.
Their names were Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia. They were each born a minute apart on August 8, 2000. All eight had brown hair and brown eyes. And although they were all the same exact age, give or take a few minutes, each was one inch taller than the next, with Zinnia being the shortest and Annie the tallest. And their story always begins the same, so: Please stop reading if you have read about the Sisters Eight before, and go directly to chapter one.
Please keep reading if you have not read about the Sisters Eight before.
Please keep reading if you have read about the Sisters Eight before but your memory is lousy.
Please keep reading if you have read about the Sisters Eight before but you simply like the writing here and want to read this part over and over again.
Eight girls in one story, or one series of stories. This is bad news for boys, who may suspect that there are no snails or puppy dogs’ tails in this book. However, there might be snails and puppy dogs’ tails, but the only way you will ever know this is to read further. Remember: girls can be just as grubby as boys—you just have to give them half a chance.
The family name of the Sisters Eight was Huit, which is French for eight and pronounced like “wheat,” as in cream of, which I hope you never have to eat. On New Year’s Eve 2007, as you shall soon see, their parents disappeared, or died, one of the two—this was a fine holiday present for the sisters, let me tell you. Parents disappeared, presumed dead, actually dead—parents don’t fare very well in children’s stories these days, I’m afraid. Best to be a child and not a parent, then.
The Sisters Eight lived in a magnificent stone house, which you will see more of very soon. It could practically have been a castle. It was therefore not the kind of house you would want to leave under any circumstances, certainly not after your parents had disappeared. Or died. You would not want to be taken away from your sisters, separated. And so they had to endeavor—as you would no doubt do too—to hang on to their home and to one another, keeping the truth away from the prying eyes of adults, who would surely split them all up like so many stalks of wheat cast upon the wind. Not an easy task—sticking together with loved ones—when you are seven, soon to be eight.
And where was this magnificent stone house? Why, it might have been anywhere in the world—even right next door to you—so why quibble? However, if there were octuplets in your class at school, you would probably have noticed by now, so perhaps that’s not the case.
One thing was for sure: there were undoubtedly many cats in this almost castle, cats who would also have been taken away if word got out that the parents of the Sisters Eight had disappeared. Or died.
As we approach the beginning of our first adventure, it is that fateful New Year’s Eve 2007 and the girls are about to discover the disappearance of their parents—odd, the idea of discovering that which has disappeared—as well as a note hidden behind a loose stone in the wall of the drawing room of their magnificent home. The note reads:

Dear Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia,

This may come as rather a shock to you, but it appears you each possess a power and a gift. The powers you already have—you merely don’t know you have them yet. The gifts are from your parents, and these you must also discover for yourselves. In fact, you must each discover both your power and your gift in order to reveal what happened to your parents. Have you got all that?

The note is unsigned.
And what has happened to their parents? Well, we don’t know that yet, do we? If we did, then this would be the end of our story, not the beginning . . .

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Very exciting :)

    I'm a teenager, so I usually don't read books about elementary school students. BUT sometimes I pick up random books off the shelf at the library. And I'm glad that last time it was this one that I picked up. For one thing, it's about cats, which are my favorite pets. And for another, it's very well written. I love the characters, and the entire plotline is very funny and exciting. Overall, this is one of the best children's books I've ever read. :)

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2011

    very good

    I liked this book so much I could not put it down and finished it in one and a half days

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Great

    On New Years Eve the eights parents become missing or dead as Rebecca would say. Now the eight seven year olds are living by themselfs. Now they must keep the world from knowing that. They will each get their oen power and gift! And it will all lead to finding their parents.

    I think this was a great book! Same as the other books in this series! Its cool how each girl gets their own power and their cat gets the power too!!! I reccomend this for girls 8 and up!!

    ~Stay Beautiful *:D

    ~DD was here

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Creative, funny, and the kind of book you won't want to put down

    "The Sisters 8: Annie's Adventures" is a great book and the first in a series. It is creative, funny, and the kind of book you won't want to put down. Anyone who has a creative mind and a sense of humor would love to read this book.
    The main characters are Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia Huit. They are octuplets. They were each born one minute after the other. They all have brown hair and brown eyes.
    The story is about the octuplets and what happened when their parents disappeared on New Year's Eve. Their mom went to the kitchen to make eggnog for them, but she never came back. Their dad went out to the shed to gather firewood. He also never came back.
    The octuplets try to find their dad in the freezing cold night, but all they find is an empty shed. They try to find their mom in the kitchen, but she isn't there, either.
    In the drawing room, they find a note that says they each possess a special power, and when they discover what their powers are they will each get a gift and their parents will come back.
    The note is not signed, so it is a great mystery for the Huits as they search for their parents and find their powers along the way.
    This book is the first book of a series. It is Annie's story. She is the oldest and the first to discover her power and find her gift.
    With each book in the series, you will follow the siblings on their quest to find their parents and discover their powers and gifts.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Movie

    MOVIE MOVIE MOVIE MOVIE MOVIE MOVIE

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Riley me Riley M O I so want this book it is awesome

    I so want this book it is awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Agree

    I AGREE WITH THE SEPTEMBER FOURTH PERSON MOVIE PLZ!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Yo mama

    Yo mama

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    OMG click here please

    SO GOOD RECOMEND TO FRIENDS ALL MY FRIENDS ARE READING THEM LET THE WORLD READ THEM EVERYONE READ THEM PLEASE LISON TO ME SORRY IF I SPELLED LISSIN WRONG BUT YOU HAVE TO READ BOOOOO TO PEPOL WHO DONT LIKE ALSO READ OTHER BOOKS I READ THEM ALL IN TWO DAYS I DID NOT PUT THEM DOWN MUST READ YOU MUST YOU MUST YOU MUUUUUUSSSSSSTTTT SO PLEASE READ THEM UF YOU DONT LIKE THEM YOUR CRA CRA THEY ARE SO GOOD YOU HAVE TO READ THEM ALSO I THINK WE CAN SAY THERE POWERS ARE AWESOME: ANNIE SMART DURINDA CAN FREEZE PEPLE GORJA CAN BE INVISABULL JACKY IS CRAZY FAST MARCIA CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS PETLE CAN READ MINDS REBECA IS REALY SRONG ZINNA CAN SPEAK TO ANIMALS THEY ARE MY HEROS AUTHER NEEDS TO WRITE BROTHERS 8 WITH THE COUSINS IN THE SNOWGLOBS HIW THEY GOT THERE POWERS THAT WOULD BE COOL SO WOULD SISTERS 8 DOLLS ALSO THERE NAMES ARE IN ALPHIBETICAL ORDER AND THERE CATS ARE POORLY NAMED OH...........i need to breath no.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Great test book ever!

    I simply could NOT put this amazing book down!
    Very well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    A real treat!!!!!

    i luv sisters 8 theve inspired moi life after i read them. In each book i wuz :Ding :...( ing or in the edge of moi bean bag chair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Luv sisters8

    This book was soo good! I love the part where they trick their neighbor. It was so funny! 4 any1 who likes adventure this is a book u should read.I promise!;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Very good books.

    I love love love the sisters eight series. Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    I like like this book

    I really like it! I have only goten a litlle way throw but it is good so far

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Magical

    This book is awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Chatterbug

    I love how it is written by say a ninth sister. I recomend this to anyone who loves to read! Allso sisters eight i agree with you on the uniform subject! (I love rebecca and jackie and zinnia and petal!)

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    AWESOMEST BOOK EVA

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

    Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia are octuplets. They were born on August 8th and will be celebrating their 8th birthday and they have eight cats. <BR/><BR/>On New Year's Eve, Mommy went to get eggnog, and Daddy went to get firewood, but they didn't come back. The Sisters 8 find an anonymous note that says each girl has a power and a gift. Each sister must discover her power and find her gift in order to learn what happened to Mommy and Daddy. <BR/><BR/>But with no Mommy and Daddy around, the girls have more than a mystery to solve. Who will cook them food? Or drive them to school? And how will they pay the bills? <BR/><BR/>The adventures for these octuplets are just beginning! <BR/><BR/>ANNIE'S ADVENTURES is the start to a great new series by authors Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Greg Logsted, along with their daughter, Jackie. The entire family helped write the story and come up with ideas, and there's definitely something in the story for everyone. Each of the Sisters 8 has a unique personality and each one is clever and funny. I can't wait to find out what each of their powers will turn out to be! <BR/><BR/>THE SISTERS 8 would make a great read-aloud for families to share together. Readers of all ages will enjoy the mystery mixed with humor and will be eagerly waiting to read about the next sister in line. (I know I am!)

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