The Rule of Three (Sisters Club Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Alex has always been the Actor with-a-capital-A in the Reel family, and middle-sister Stevie has always been content behind the scenes. But when the school play turns out to be a musical, Stevie decides that she's tired of being the Sensible One. Maybe, for once, she'd like to be in the spotlight! Soon the dueling divas-with little sister Joey egging them on-are in a fierce competition to see who has what it takes to play the Princess. Has Stevie broken the rules by going for what she wants, or will it be Alex ...
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Overview

Alex has always been the Actor with-a-capital-A in the Reel family, and middle-sister Stevie has always been content behind the scenes. But when the school play turns out to be a musical, Stevie decides that she's tired of being the Sensible One. Maybe, for once, she'd like to be in the spotlight! Soon the dueling divas-with little sister Joey egging them on-are in a fierce competition to see who has what it takes to play the Princess. Has Stevie broken the rules by going for what she wants, or will it be Alex who hands down the biggest betrayal of all?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Candice Ransom
The sequel to McDonald's The Sister's Club (Pleasant Company, 2003) brings back thirteen-year-old Alex, eleven-year-old Stevie, and nine-year-old Joey. The club threatens to disband when Stevie decides to break out of her middle-sister niche and try out for the singing lead in the school production of Once Upon a Mattress. Acting is older sister Alex's territory and fireworks sizzle as the girls become fierce competitors. Instigator Joey eggs on both sisters to keep the stakes raised and interest level ratcheted high. Stevie tells the story in narrative chapters that are interspersed with play scripts written by Alex, who does not want to share the spotlight, along with amusing journal entries, lists, and drawings by Joey. Whether or not they have siblings, readers will root for all three characters in this funny mid-grade novel. If good things happen in threes, readers will look forward to more titles in "The Sisters Club" series. Reviewer: Candice Ransom
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In this follow-up to The Sisters Club (Pleasant Co., 2003), the two oldest Reel girls, Alex, 13, the actor in the family, and Stevie, 11, the singer, clash when they both try out for the lead role in a school production of Once Upon a Mattress. As in the earlier title, Stevie is the main narrator, in standard chapters; Alex's sections are in the form of scripts, complete with stage directions; nine-year-old Joey keeps a journal and makes lists, which she illustrates with doodles. The story is believable, as are the sisters' interactions. The different styles add to the fun and help move the plot along quickly. Fans of Meg Cabot's Allie Finkle and graduates of Judy Moody will enjoy this offering.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
Kirkus Reviews
The Reel sisters-Joey, Stevie and Alex-are back in the second installment of the Sisters Club series. Each sister has her role in the family, and Stevie is the one who likes to do the backstage work. Even thinking about being onstage makes Stevie nervous-it's older sister Alex who's the star. When tryouts for Once Upon a Mattress roll around and Alex is uninterested, Stevie, who loves to sing, decides to try out. Turns out, Alex can't resist the lure of the stage, even when a light comedy is on the bill. Woven into the sisterly drama of jealousy and minor betrayal is Little Women, which Stevie is reading aloud to Joey (who wants to be called Jo). References to the classic abound, and readers familiar with it will be relieved when the sisters, after drama of all sorts, sort themselves into a supportive, March-like relationship. McDonald manages to squeeze a lot of action into one story, but instead of feeling frantic, it feels like a real family. Here's hoping for a third act. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Stevie, her older sister Alex, and younger sister Joey believe that things are better when they come in threes. When Stevie and Alex audition for the lead in the school musical "Once Upon a Mattress," their competition complicates life for all three sisters. Alex, an actress with a passion for all things Shakespeare, may unwittingly have ruined her sister's chance at the lead role. Stevie, who sings like no one else, will enjoy the music but not the acting. Her baking reflects her feelings ("Don't-Bug-Me-I'm Baking" cupcakes or the "I-Burnt-My-Sister's-Hair-and-Feel-Bad" cupcakes) and saves her mother's television show. When Joey can pull herself away from her beloved Little Women, she devises a princess test with many small things to put under Alex's and Stevie's mattresses. Alex plays the lead but has to cut her damaged hair, and Joey gives her ponytail to Locks of Love. Stevie cuts her hair short too, so all ends well. Megan McDonald's second book (Candlewick, 2009) in the series features Stevie as the principal narrator, while Alex's scripts and Joey's lists give a quirky dimension to their ups and downs. Suzy Jackson, Michal Friedman, and Jessica Almasy voice the sisters, making them believable girls with tons of talent and even more heart. Fans of Jeanne Birdsall's Penderwicks series will find much to enjoy in the girls' relationships with each other and their humorous efforts to find their own places in their world.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763651947
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Series: Sisters Club Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 105,045
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald
Megan McDonald is the author of the bestselling Judy Moody series and its companion series starring Judy’s younger brother, Stink. She is also the author of the middle grade series the Sisters Club. Megan McDonald lives in Sebastopol, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2010

    Rule of Three

    Ready, set, go. Red, white, blue. It's the Rule of Three.
    The book Rule of Three is an outstanding book. It is by Megan McDonald, a remarkable author.
    Alex is the actor in the Reel family of Oregon, but Joey is the funniest. But when the school play turns out to be a musical, Stevie, the singer in the family, decided she would like to try out for the lead.
    Alex isn't so keen on competing for the same role as her younger sister, and soon they are participating in a fierce competition to find out who's got what it takes to play the Princess Winnifred. Who will win the sister's battle?
    This connects to a book I read by the same author called The Sisters Club. The book is about an awesome club. Alex, Stevie, and Joey made it and they have so much fun together. They talk about gossip and boys.
    Here is some information about the wonderful Megan McDonald!! Mrs. McDonald has written and published over 60 books for children in 22 languages, including the hilarious Judy Moody adventures, which are largely inspired by her childhood memories of growing up with four older sisters. She was born in February, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Megan McDonald began her career as a children's librarian. She has received five awards for her books!! Mrs. McDonald is married and lives in Sebastopol, California.
    I recommend this book to girls and ONLY girls!!! If you like gossip, acting, drama, and battles between the three Reel sisters, then this is the book for you!! Thank You!!!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Awesome 2

    I loved the fist one and now I am reading the second! So far it rocks!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved this book

    Even though i started with a sample of it is really funny i love ittt

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    What a book!

    In this book you laugh alot and it really makes you feel hapy and you are in the book as well. READ IT NOW!!!!!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    <3 it......

    I think that this book is perfect 4 girls w/ sisters. This is a book about how Stevie and Alex r fighting about a part in a musical. This deserves LOL-ing and this many stars!*************************************************more.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Omg

    This book is so good i read it four times

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Book

    This was a great book about three sisters that fight alot. I would recomend this book to 7 to 14 year old kids. I am ten ane thought this was a very entertaining book. Not a very good book for school or book reports.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Inspiring! You HAVE to read it! 2nd review.

    I can't get enough of the sister club! I LOVE it!!!! It is my FAVORITE book!!! Dear Megen Mcdonald, if you are reading this, please please please write more sister club books!!! There the BEST!!!! I read all the Judy Moody books, but I think sister club is awsomer!!!! No offense to Mrs. Mcdonald of course. But i love love love love love love love love love love love love love the sister club!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please write more sister club books megen!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    LOVED IT! :D

    Ths book reminded me of my two older sisters I was not in the middle ,but we would fight for the wridest things! But anyway this book was amazing I give it 5 stars for sure! :D

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Awesomeness

    This book is probably one of my favorite books of all time. This book ROCKS!!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Zoe's famous ratings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You will love this book i promise!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    I think that this book was one of the best books I read. My favo

    I think that this book was one of the best books I read. My favorite character would have to be Joey because she is smart and creative. I think anyone who read this book should like it very much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great

    This book was really funny and a good read

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is amazing

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    The rule of three

    Good book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    As always Megan pulls through.This book is the best!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Fav

    This is one of my favorite book i couldnt stop reading every day when i get home id read it right away

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Very good book!!

    I listend to this book on tape and LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Best book ever!!! Totaly deserves five stars!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Fhj

    Love this books!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Cute story

    I love this book and i cant wait to read the third and i cant imagine alex with curly hair but ot was really awesome i love the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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