Sister of the Bride

Sister of the Bride

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by Beverly Cleary, Beth Krush, Joe Krush

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Love and marriage but where's the fun?

A wedding in her own family! Barbara can hardly wait! As sister of the bride, Barbara is looking forward to a new dress, a lovely ceremony, and perhaps the start of a little romance with someone from the wedding party. Instead, she finds herself lost in the shuffle of anxious planning, pre-wedding bickering, and practical


Love and marriage but where's the fun?

A wedding in her own family! Barbara can hardly wait! As sister of the bride, Barbara is looking forward to a new dress, a lovely ceremony, and perhaps the start of a little romance with someone from the wedding party. Instead, she finds herself lost in the shuffle of anxious planning, pre-wedding bickering, and practical money concerns. Is this what marriage is all about? Then Barbara wants no part of it!While Barbara dreams of lacy wedding veils, her older sister Rosemary remains exasperatingly practical in this lifelike story of a family in the throes of wedding preparations.

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Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
A typical teenager in the 1960s, Barbara MacLane has the usual problems—an annoying younger brother, worries about keeping her grades up so that she will not have trouble getting into the university of her choice, and boy troubles. On top of that, her sister, Rosemary, is planning to get married when she finishes her first year of college. Planning a wedding is not something Barbara had counted on. She also had not counted on the changes in Rosemary now that she was engaged. Barbara is looking forward to her own romance and she needs her sister for support. However, Barbara soon realizes that romance and planning a wedding are not all sweetness and joy, and she also realizes that maybe she is not interested in serious romance just yet. One of award winning Beverly Cleary's romances is offered in a new edition to the present day generation of readers. This is a solid story without the seriousness of many of today's young adult novels, but will be welcomed by many parents and teachers who are trying to find a format to recommend to the early teen reader who does not want or is not ready for the heavier novels for young teens.

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4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

I guess this is just one of those days, thought Barbara MacLane on her way home from school one bright afternoon late in April. She was not alone. She was walking beside a boy, a very tall boy, but their thoughts were like those famous parallel lines that lie in the same plane but never meet.

Barbara was mulling over the events of the day. First there was that argument with her brother, because his cat had clawed one of the stuffed animals she kept on her bed. At breakfast her father had lectured her on doing better work in chemistry. Part of the afternoon had been spent in conference with her counselor who thought she should have her future planned as neatly as an English composition. He was an English teacher, who thought life should have a topic sentence. And now she was being walked home by Tootie Bodger.

Tootie, who was six feet four and played the trombone, had his problems. "Just because I'm tall everybody expects me to do things I don't want to do," he was saying as they walked up the hill. "Like dance with all the tall girls when I don't like to dance. And play basketball. All winter the whole school kept asking me why I didn't turn out for basketball, and when the season was over I thought they would forget it. But no such luck. Today the coach stopped me in the hall and said that next season he wanted to see me come out for practice. He said I was basketball material."

"Why don't you?" asked Barbara automatically. It seemed as if everybody in high school had to be some kind of material. That was what her counselor said she was. College material. He had sat there, tapping his nose with that yellow pencil and tellingher she was college material and asking what college she wanted to go to and what she wanted to major in when she got there.

I don't want to go out for basketball," answered Tootie. "I don't care what they do. Flunk me. Expel me. I am not going to play basketball."

"Why don't you want to?" Barbara was more interested in keeping the conversation alive than in learning the answer. It had been easy enough to tell her counselor where she wanted to go. To the University of California, where her mother and father had gone and where her sister Rosemary was now a freshman.

"Aw, I'm not any good. Id just fall all over my feet," said Tootie.

"Oh Tootie, you wouldn't either." She felt this was expected of her, but she went right on thinking her own thoughts. Her counselor hadn't thought much of her reason for wanting to go to the University, that was plain. And naturally she couldn't tell him that all she wanted to do, all she had ever wanted to do, was catch up with her sister Rosemary. So she had just said lamely that the one thing she was sure of was that she did not want to major in chemistry, and he had said she had better give some thought to her future. . . .

"Yes, I would," insisted Tootie. I always fall over my feet. Besides' I never can care that much about getting a ball through a hoop. It seems pretty stupid to me, chasing a ball around just to throw it through a hoop. Id rather practice my trombone."

They walked awhile in silence. It was too bad, Barbara decided, finally giving her attention to the boy beside her, that everyone expected Tootie to play basketball when he was such a good trombone player. The whole school respected him for his ability to play The Tiger Rag. You would think that would be enough. She wished she knew of something to say that would make him feel better, not only because she really wanted him to be happy, but because the walk home would be so much easier if he was more cheerful.

"It's getting so I get the feeling nobody likes me."

"Why, that just isn't true," protested Barbara, again because it was expected of her. "You know it isn't true. Everybody likes you. I like you." She saw at once that this was the wrong thing to say.

"Do you, Barbara?" Tootie asked eagerly. "Do you really like me?"

"Of course I do. You know that," Barbara answered impatiently, feeling that Tootie was insensitive to shades of meaning. There was no way to explain that she liked him to smile at in the hall or to talk to before class and that was all.

"No, you don't," contradicted Tootie, his morale sagging once more. "Not really."

"Yes, I do, Tootie." Barbara spoke without much conviction. This could go on all the rest of the afternoon. The whole trouble was that he liked her so much more than she liked him that she felt uncomfortable when she was with him.

"If you really liked me you'd go to the movies with me Saturday night." Tootie looked straight ahead, waiting for her answer.

"I'm sorry," said Barbara. "I would like to, Tootie, really I would, but Mom said something about Rosemary's coming home Saturday, and she said she wasgoing to ask Aunt Josie and Gramma over. You know how it is. Family dinner and all." They turned up Barbara's street, which was damp and woodsy and smelled of bay leaves.

"Rosemary only goes to the University over across the bay," Tootie pointed out. "She comes home all the time. It isn't as though she goes to Vassar or someplace a long way off." His voice was reproachful as he ducked to avoid a bay tree that leaned across the sidewalk.

Tootie was quite right.

Sister of the Bride. Copyright © by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

Brief Biography

Carmel, California
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1916
Place of Birth:
McMinnville, Oregon
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Sister of the Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Barbara and I didn't agree on everything, like our feelings about the cats in our families, I could sympathize with her from the first chapter, where she is thinking that she doesn't know what she wants to do after high school and college and reflects despairingly that her guidance counselor, an English teacher, probably thinks that life should have a topic sentence. Most of us have felt sometimes that people expected things of us that we weren't ready for, that we were forgotten or left out of something exciting, or perhaps that we have been caught in the middle of a dispute between our parents and another relative, whether it's our sister or another relative, just as Barbara finds when she relays her college-freshman sister Rosemary's news of her engagement, plans to marry very soon, and description of her soon-to-be in-laws. Cleary shows us the exciting, awkward, and sometimes frustrating situations of teen and family life with humor and enough details to make us feel like we're living through them--but probably enjoying them much more than we did the similar situations in our own lives. Every now and then there was a detail that reminded me that the book was originally written about forty years before when I was reading it, in late summer of 2001--like Barbara's aunt who works in the corsit department of a department store, which surprised me, since I didn't know they still had those by the late 1950's--but these truly dated moments were few and were outweighed by the timelessness of Rosemary's relationships with her parents and fiance as the wedding day nears and Barbara's relationships with her bride-to-be sister, her younger brother, his cat about whom she has conflicting feelings, and two boys from her high school, so that whenever I hear about someone preparing for a wedding, I think happily of reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Sister of the Bride" is a fantastic book. the story follows Barbra (Age 16)during her junior year of high school. Barbra's life is upside-down. Two boys are asking her out and she isn't sure which one she likes better, or if she even likes either of them! Barbra feels pressure to decide and grow up when she finds out her 18 year old sister Rosemary is getting married. This book is great for girls 10-14 who dream about their weddings someday. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I liked it
tweetg66 More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed with Barns & Noble, I had order these book via Nook by mistake in the beginning of December 2012 and I have not received my refund yet. And had to go to the actual store and buy the books for my daughter. So it's like I've purchased this book twice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A realy good book it kept me reading and i did not put mt nook bown till i was done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!it's so so so good!!<3
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Can not wait
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Luv it ya should get it
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Beverly Cleary is my most favorite author EVER! She is so amazing! Her books are so stupendous. They have really made a big impact on my life since I started reading about little darling Ramona Quimby at a young age. Now she is the most adored character I have enjoyed reading about among all the millions of books I have read in all my ten years and three months. The Sister of the Bride is another breathtaking book by my role model: Beverly Cleary.
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KWrightTX More than 1 year ago
good book! read it!
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Benay Harris More than 1 year ago
i liked this book but the chapters are long for a bevery cleary book but it was good
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay, but it dragged on a little. I think it could have been a lot more interesting.
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Is this book worth the money?