The Sisters Club (Sisters Club Series #1)

The Sisters Club (Sisters Club Series #1)

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by Megan McDonald
     
 

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Meet the Sisters Club: twelve-year-old Alex, aspiring actress and born drama queen; eight-year-old Joey, homework lover and pioneer wannabe; and smack in the middle, ten-year-old Stevie, the glue that holds them together - through dinner disasters, disputes over stolen lucky sweaters, and Alex's going gaga over her leading man. Playfully weaving Stevie's narration…  See more details below

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Meet the Sisters Club: twelve-year-old Alex, aspiring actress and born drama queen; eight-year-old Joey, homework lover and pioneer wannabe; and smack in the middle, ten-year-old Stevie, the glue that holds them together - through dinner disasters, disputes over stolen lucky sweaters, and Alex's going gaga over her leading man. Playfully weaving Stevie's narration with Alex's scripts, Joey's notebook entries, and hilarious elements such as "How to Swear in Shakespeare" and "Dear Sock Monkey" letters, this hugely engaging novel showcases Megan McDonald's ear for dialogue, comic timing, and insight into the ever-changing dynamics of sisterhood.

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Publishers Weekly
The creator of the Judy Moody novels introduces a trio of similarly spunky girls, three sisters-ages eight, 10 and "123/4"-whose parents are both actors. Their mother lands a job as the host of a TV cooking show (though she has no culinary skills) and their father spends much of his time creating sets for a local theater. In this novel divided into four acts (plus an intermission), the three siblings take turns playing the role of narrator. The eldest, aspiring thespian Alex, offers her take on the goings-on through scripts sprinkled with sometimes acerbic asides. Joey, the youngest, relays her side of the story through chatty notebook entries, which include such sidebars as a list of her favorite stuffed animals and the reasons why she loves Jell-O. Occupying center stage is Stevie (whose only acting experience to date was a short, disastrous run as a human pinata) who reveals her fears that her position as middle child renders her invisible and calls herself "Plain old boring vanilla." Yet her father likens her to the vanilla middle of an Oreo ("You're the creamy center of the cookie that holds it all together. You're the glue"), and she proves him right. Stevie assumes the role of family chef (with comically calamitous results), acts as peacemaker and fills in for Alex on stage when she breaks her foot mid-performance. Featuring many madcap moments, McDonald's family comedy is both affecting and believable. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Who ever heard of a top-secret club with only three members—all of whom are sisters? Welcome to The Sisters Club and listen in as Alex, Stevie, and Joey Reel take turns telling their stories. Alex, the oldest at 12 and 3/4, and a budding actress, is happiest when she is on stage. She tells her story in the form of a play script, complete with stage directions for the actors to follow. 10 year old Stevie, the middle sister, calls herself the invisible member of the club. The middle is not the beginning or the end; the middle of 'monkey in the middle" is the monkey; the middle of Neapolitan ice cream is vanilla. Stevie hates being plain old vanilla until she realizes that the creamy middle of a sandwich cookie is like the glue. It's what holds it all together. Stevie realizes she must be the glue that keeps her family from falling apart. And finally, there is the youngest sister, eight-year-old Joey. The club's secretary, she tells her story through the pages of her secretarial notebook. From the folks who brought you the American Girl dolls and their stories, this fun, lighthearted tale, told in four acts plus intermission, is sure to be a hit with upper elementary age girls everywhere. 2003, Pleasant Company Publications,
— Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-The Sisters Club consists of three girls, ages 8, 10, and 12, whose family is heavily involved in local theater. The Club dissolves and reunites through episodes of family life over four "acts" (in place of chapters) and an intermission. The narrative is carried by Stevie, the middle sister, in conventional type, but the other two siblings contribute through interesting graphic formats. Alex, the eldest, writes plays about their family, and Joey, the youngest, offers handwritten, illustrated journal entries on lined paper. These short entries, along with small pages, plenty of white space, and painted toenails on the hot pink cover, should appeal to most girls. The packaging will probably be enough to make up for details that don't always ring true, such as an 8-year-old saving for a cornhusk doll kit or a 12-year-old inviting her crush to a family dinner when she is just getting to know him.-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Middle-sister awkwardness turns into aplomb for ten-year-old Stevie, sandwiched between 12-year-old Alex and eight-year-old Joey. Despite their differing interests and personalities, the three sisters have a special bond, referring to themselves as a club, holding meetings, play dates and sleepovers in each other's rooms. Stevie gingerly views her role in this theatrically oriented family with growing responsibility and confidence as she and her sisters explore dramatic playacting, cooking disasters and budding boyfriend interests (or not). Joey's handwritten reports, poems and letters to her sock monkey and Alex's typed scripts and essays punctuate Stevie's engaging first-person narration; Consolazio's illustrations add to the fun. McDonald deftly introduces a new set of witty, amiable characters with whom tweens will easily identify. Engaging dialogue and some laugh-out-loud moments will leave readers hoping for another installment. (Fiction. 8-10)
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The Middle

Being in the middle is like being invisible.

Especially when you're the middle sister in a family with three girls.

Think about it. The middle of a story is not the beginning or the end. The middle of a train is not the caboose or the engine.

The middle of a play is intermission. The middle of Monkey in the Middle is a monkey. The middle of Neapolitan ice cream is . . . vanilla.

"I'm vanilla!" I shouted one day to anybody who would listen. Plain old boring vanilla.
Nobody listened.Alex, my older sister, ignored me. She just kept writing stuff in the margins of her play script (what else is new!) and muttering the lines under her breath.

Easy for her. She's strawberry.

I was sick of it, so I told my family how I hate being the middle. Middle, middle, middle.

"Hey! The middle of 'Farmer in the Dell' is the cheese!" Joey, my younger sister, reminded me.

"The cheese stands alone," I reminded her back. Alex looked up. "There's a book about that, you know. I Am the Cheese."

Yeah. My autobiography, I thought. "Wait. You think you're cheese or something?" Joey asked.

I ignored her. They just don't get it. I mean, the middle of a year is, what, Flag Day? The middle of a life is a midlife crisis!

I told my dad I was having a midlife crisis.

"You're going to give me a midlife crisis if you don't get over this," Dad said. I asked him to name one middle that is a good thing. Dad had to think. He thought and thought and didn't say anything. Then finally he told me, "The middle of an apple is the core."

"Um-hmm. The yucky part people throw away," I said.

"How about the middle of the night? That's an interesting time, when people see things differently." I pointed out that most people sleep through the middle of the night.

Then he shouted like he had a super-brainy Einstein idea. "The middle of an Oreo cookie is the sweet, creamy, best part. You can't argue with that." He was right. I couldn't argue. If I had to be a middle, that's the best middle to be.

"See? You're the peanut butter in the sandwich," said Dad. "You're the creamy center of the cookie that holds it all together. You're the glue."

I'm the glue?

Maybe Dad's right. After all, I'm the one who came up with the (brilliant!) idea for the Sisters
Club, back when I was Joey's age. Alex gets to be the Boss Queen, of course, so she runs the meetings. Joey (a.k.a. Madam Secretary/Treasurer) takes the notes and collects dues (if we had any money). I keep the peace. I am the glue!

The Sisters Club Charter by Joey Reel

CLUBHOUSE: Alex's room

MEMBERS: Reel sisters only

UNIFORM: Pj's are good. Plaid is bad. Except when it's pj's.

MASCOT: Alex's sock monkey, named Sock Monkey (I wish it was Hedgie, my hedgehog.)

LOGO: Three sock monkeys arm in arm

ALTERNATE LOGO: Troll doll with the "no" sign over it

SECRET SIGN OR HANDSHAKE:
Hook pinkies together while saying, "Sisters, Blisters, and Tongue Twisters."

SECRET KNOCK: I don't know how to write it!
I just know how to do it. Sounds like:
Da-da-da, da-dee-dee-doh.

PASSWORD: Shakespeare (Shh! Don't tell!)

ACTIVITIES: Tell secrets and scary stories, eat popcorn and ice cream, stay up late, have sleepovers in Alex's room (I mean the clubhouse!).

DUES: Only if we need popcorn or ice cream and we're out of them.

RULES: No throwing pillows or other objects, except in an official pillow fight.
No putting crumbs in Alex's bed on purpose.
No using Alex's brush to brush your hair .
No taking stuff from Alex's room (especially anything with glitter).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763651862
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Sisters Club Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
406,474
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Middle

Being in the middle is like being invisible.

Especially when you're the middle sister in a family with three girls.

Think about it. The middle of a story is not the beginning or the end. The middle of a train is not the caboose or the engine.

The middle of a play is intermission. The middle of Monkey in the Middle is a monkey. The middle of Neapolitan ice cream is . . . vanilla.

"I'm vanilla!" I shouted one day to anybody who would listen. Plain old boring vanilla.

Nobody listened.Alex, my older sister, ignored me. She just kept writing stuff in the margins of her play script (what else is new!) and muttering the lines under her breath.

Easy for her. She's strawberry.

I was sick of it, so I told my family how I hate being the middle. Middle, middle, middle.

"Hey! The middle of 'Farmer in the Dell' is the cheese!" Joey, my younger sister, reminded me.

"The cheese stands alone," I reminded her back. Alex looked up. "There's a book about that, you know. I Am the Cheese."

Yeah. My autobiography, I thought. "Wait. You think you're cheese or something?" Joey asked.

I ignored her. They just don't get it. I mean, the middle of a year is, what, Flag Day? The middle of a life is a midlife crisis!

I told my dad I was having a midlife crisis.

"You're going to give me a midlife crisis if you don't get over this," Dad said. I asked him to name one middle that is a good thing. Dad had to think. He thought and thought and didn't say anything. Then finally he told me, "The middle of an apple is the core."

"Um-hmm. The yucky part people throw away," I said.

"How about the middle of the night? That's an interesting time, when people see things differently." I pointed out that most people sleep through the middle of the night.

Then he shouted like he had a super-brainy Einstein idea. "The middle of an Oreo cookie is the sweet, creamy, best part. You can't argue with that." He was right. I couldn't argue. If I had to be a middle, that's the best middle to be.

"See? You're the peanut butter in the sandwich," said Dad. "You're the creamy center of the cookie that holds it all together. You're the glue."

I'm the glue?

Maybe Dad's right. After all, I'm the one who came up with the (brilliant!) idea for the Sisters Club, back when I was Joey's age. Alex gets to be the Boss Queen, of course, so she runs the meetings. Joey (a.k.a. Madam Secretary/Treasurer) takes the notes and collects dues (if we had any money). I keep the peace. I am the glue!

The Sisters Club Charter by Joey Reel

CLUBHOUSE: Alex's room

MEMBERS: Reel sisters only

UNIFORM: Pj's are good. Plaid is bad. Except when it's pj's.

MASCOT: Alex's sock monkey, named Sock Monkey (I wish it was Hedgie, my hedgehog.)

LOGO: Three sock monkeys arm in arm

ALTERNATE LOGO: Troll doll with the "no" sign over it

SECRET SIGN OR HANDSHAKE:
Hook pinkies together while saying, "Sisters, Blisters, and Tongue Twisters."

SECRET KNOCK: I don't know how to write it!
I just know how to do it. Sounds like:
Da-da-da, da-dee-dee-doh.

PASSWORD: Shakespeare (Shh! Don't tell!)

ACTIVITIES: Tell secrets and scary stories, eat popcorn and ice cream, stay up late, have sleepovers in Alex's room (I mean the clubhouse!).

DUES: Only if we need popcorn or ice cream and we're out of them.

RULES: No throwing pillows or other objects, except in an official pillow fight.No putting crumbs in Alex's bed on purpose.
No using Alex's brush to brush your hair .
No taking stuff from Alex's room (especially anything with glitter).

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Meet the Author

Megan McDonald is the author of the immensely popular Judy Moody series and its companion series starring Judy’s brother, Stink. She is also the author of ANT AND HONEY BEE, illustrated by Brian Karas. The youngest of five sisters, Megan McDonald lives in Sebastopol, California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sisters Club is an awesome book by Megan McDonald. I would recommend this book to 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade girls. In this book three sisters, Alex, Joey and Stevie Reel, start a club called "The Sisters Club." In the club, Stevie feels like she is the glue holding the club together. When Alex gets a part in the school play she forgets about the sisters Club. It's up to "the glue" (aka Stevie) to get Alex's attention away from the school play-and her partner, Scott Towel-and back on the Sisters Club! If you enjoyed other books by Megan McDonald, like the Judy Moody series or the Stink series, this is the book for you!!
Lex67 More than 1 year ago
In the book "The Sisters Club" talk about three young girls from the Reel family who make a "club" with there sisters. The girls are all into acting and like to write scripts and almost role play them through dinner and such. The girls names are Stevie who is in the middle and joey who is the youngest and Alex who is the oldest. They have the secret club meetings in a different room every single night, they make the rules and only certain people can be in this club. I enjoyed reading the book, but for my age range thought it was a little to young for me. I highly recommend it to younger girls who are going through elementary school or early middle school. It gives good advice about boys who are gross and still in the young stage of life. Although, I was to young for it any girl under the age of twelve would have a great time reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this and I thought it was really cute. I loved the characters and, despite the fact they were sisters, they were so different!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING BOOK! GREAT 4 ALL AGES IM IN 7TH AND I LOVED IT!!! :DD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Judy Moody series when i was younger, so i tried out this book because it was by the same author. I am so glad i did. The book offers a hilarious viewpoint from each of the three sisters (Alex, Stevie, and Joey) and the story that goes along with it. I would highly recommend this to any 9-12 year old who wants a funny, reality based point of view. Sock monkeys rock! M
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read! I have read the other two books in the series as well. They were just as good. I hope that the author comes out with a fourth book and I hope that it has more pages then the others! When i picked up this book, I couldnt put it down. I hope this review was helpful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. I read this and the second one on vacation in Florida. Im from minnesota and i read it in florida in march. That just prooves how good it is. Its very relateable to me because i have two sisters both younger than me. Its a really good book so its worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book to everyone im a 5th grader and I enjoyed this book so much hope this rate helps people decide that this is a book which people should buy !! This is a tottaly 5 star book 5/5 to this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing for ages 10-14 because it is good for anyin that age range.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome...it is funny and i love sock monkies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great bevaus it was about sisters and they learn to get along in a fun way witch i want to do with my sisters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hoped to be entertained but I was disappointed. This book is more a teenage or twenty something age group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it very relateable LOVE IT SOOOOOOO MUCH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book to rent from the library( check tour library to se if they do ebooks)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading these books and they are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this over the summer and i loved it. You have to read the whole series if you think about buying it ,do. Its about sisters and they have a club with terrible issues ,later on hair cutting and candles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sooo Funny! And i can relate to it sooo much, im 12 and i have 2 sisters, a 10 yr old and a 9 yr old. Same thing :) Really Good Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book buy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you leafstar i saw the territory when u were typing meet u there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really recomend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You put 0 stars gor it but said great!!weird Yorkielover
Florence Oyedeji More than 1 year ago
If u have sisters u can relate to this book i was also reading little women during the time i read this book and it really spoiled the book for me b/c i find out Beth dies in chapter 38 and i was one chap 24!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u have not read this book ur crazy
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book on the shelves, it immediately caught my eye. It was so realistic, with the sisters fighting, but yet they were together through it all. It was hilarious (the macaroni disaster, the giant soap bubbles coming down the hallway, the dinner with Scott, their mother, 'Fondue Sue'), realistic (the usual sister fights, family quirks, etc.), and at times touching (when Stevie substituted for Alex in the play when Alex was injured, their sister club meetings where they made wishes). All together, it was a great book! I suggest it to all who have sisters, and anyone who wants a book that gives you a cozy feeling and a laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to the book store one night with my friend Rachel. And we saw the book cover of 'the sisters club', And it was calling our name. The cover was so funky that we wanted to read the back. After we did we only read up to chapter 2. I really liked Alex. I could really relate to her. Even though I am the youngest of all my sisters. Rachel liked Stevie because she can relate to her. One reason why i liked the cover was that they showed there mascott(the monkey) and they has a picture of feet with blue nail polish. Most covers on books are like a drawing of the main character. But this cover just pops out at you! I really reccomend this book to everyone!