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by Raina Telgemeier

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Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!

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


Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!

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.

Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 05/26/2014
In this companion to Telgemeier’s Smile, the graphic artist writes about her relationship with her younger sister, Amara, using a summer cross-country trip as narrative scaffolding as she examines the contrast between her childhood wish for a sister and life with a sibling she often can’t fathom—although Amara seems to have uncanny insight into her. “You ever feel like you just don’t fit in?” Raina asks Amara at a family gathering full of contemptuous teenage cousins. “All the time,” Amara replies. “The difference between you and me is, I don’t care.” Like Smile, it’s an alternately poignant and laugh-out-loud funny account of pre-adolescence whose episodes range from small crimes (Raina lying to Amara so she doesn’t have to share her art supplies) to acute crises (Amara’s pet snake Mango on the loose in the family’s VW Microbus). Underneath the immediate problems lies poignant uncertainty about the state of their parents’ marriage. Though the artwork draws little attention to itself, Telgemeier’s visual storytelling skills are well-honed, and readers will be left wishing for more. Ages 8–12. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Agency. (Aug.)
The New York Times Book Review - Maya Van Wagenen
Sisters is a quick read as well as a fun one. Telgemeier uses her expressive, cartoon-style drawings to bring context and emotion to the minimal text, which is almost entirely dialogue. I love her work, not because it is exotic or unusual, but because she writes stories we have all lived, and tells them in a way that feels uncomfortable yet transcendent. Sisters is about ordinary family conflict, about things never going exactly to plan. But that is life. The profound thing Raina discovers is that we do not have to navigate the difficulties alone. Whether we are born into one or find one later in life, we have families.
From the Publisher

* "A wonderfully charming tale of family and sisters that anyone can bond with." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

• "Alternately poignant and laugh-out-loud funny."  -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

• "Telgemeier's art complements her writing to great effect, offering a cheerful, vivid cartoon simplicity that allows readers to instantly engage even as it leaves room for deeper truths to take hold." -- Booklist, starred review

• "A must-have follow-up to Smile." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Raina, who is fourteen years old, finds that there are some bumps in the road ahead for her—literally. She, her little sister Amara, her little brother Will, and her mother are going to drive from California to attend a family reunion in Colorado. Because he has a busy work schedule, her dad is going to fly there instead. The drive and the reunion bring some unexpected challenges, but the real challenges stem from tensions at home. Raina and Amara do not get along, and their mom and dad seem to be having problems, too. Their stories and various episodes from their lives are told in flashback format. The reader learns that the family lives in a small, cramped house; although both sisters are artistic, they do not really seem to like each other; and their dad was unemployed for a while. The three-week road trip brings these issues to the surface, and the family, especially Raina and Amara, need to figure out how to resolve the problems they confront. Both the illustrations and the text are funny, and the plot contains elements that most pre-teens can relate to. The story is based on the author’s own experiences. Some of the flashbacks are not clearly indicated, and readers may have trouble figuring out whether an incident takes place in the past or the present. The resolution at the end of the book (including the discovery of Mango the pet snake, long thought dead, hiding in the family’s car) hints that things will be better for the whole family from now on. The ambiguity may be intentional, but the ending leaves something to be desired. Photographs of the author’s family are included. Reviewer: Leona Illig; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
Gr 4 Up—Telgemeier has returned with a must-have follow-up to Smile (Scholastic, 2010) that is as funny as it is poignant, and utterly relatable for anyone with siblings. This realistic graphic memoir tells the story of Raina; her sister, Amara; and her brother, Will, as they take a road trip with their mother from California to Colorado to join a family reunion. The author's narrative style is fresh and sharp, and the combination of well-paced and well-placed flashbacks pull the plot together, moving the story forward and helping readers understand the characters' point of view. The volume captures preadolescence in an effortless and uncanny way and turns tough subjects, such as parental marriage problems, into experiences with which readers can identify. This ability is what sets Telgemeier's work apart and makes her titles appealing to such a wide variety of readers. Not only does the story relay the road trip's hijinks, but it also touches on what happens with the advent of a new sibling and what it means to be truly sisters. Fans of the graphic novelist's work will be sure to delight in this return to the Telgemeier's family drama.—Krishna Grady, Darien Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-14
Two sisters who are constantly at odds take a family road trip that covers more ground—both literally and figuratively—than they expect.After begging her parents for a sister, Raina gets more than she bargained for once Amara is born. From the moment she was brought home, Amara hasn't been quite the cuddly playmate that Raina had hoped. As the years pass, the girls bicker constantly and apparently couldn't be more unalike: Raina spends her time indoors underneath her headphones, and Amara loves animals and the outdoors. The girls, their mother and their little brother all pack up to drive to a family reunion, and it seems like the trip's just going to be more of the same, with the girls incessantly picking on each other all the way from San Francisco to Colorado. However, when the trip doesn't go quite as planned—for a number of reasons—the girls manage to find some common ground. Told in then-and-now narratives that are easily discernable in the graphic format, Telgemeier's tale is laugh-out-loud funny (especially the story about the snake incident) and quietly serious all at once. Her rounded, buoyant art coupled with a masterful capacity for facial expressions complements the writing perfectly. Fans of her previous books Smile (2010) and Drama (2012) shouldn't miss this one; it's a winner.A wonderfully charming tale of family and sisters that anyone can bond with. (Graphic memoir. 7-13)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Smile and Sisters Series
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
GN290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award–winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.

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Sisters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Already read it its a really good book you should get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend got it said it was amazing i love these books and i am only 9 years old!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since it wont let me bye it on the nook my friend brought it to svhool for me i read it sixteen times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rania Telegemeier is the best author ever I'm obsessed with smile drama and now sisters thx Raina love ya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I read it in a day:)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book I read it in only 2 days but it was good I read it then the next day in school i fouund out it was a autobiophy hopefully i spelled that right
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im currently reading drama im almost done with it her books are amazing like the nine years old and 8 year olds said im almost 12 by the way in 8 days wish me luck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you say this is bad than you are retarted. I am eight years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book soo much
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I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Honestly, you can read this at any age...I am actually 13 and I thought this was such a cute book. I finished it in one day. Just pick up at your local Barnes & Noble. You won't regret!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book the pictures are so well drawn andvher writing is so wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book find at a store and read it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book I recommend for everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really great graphic novel. I barely read them and this was a awesome treat! I think it's really cool that Raina is a real person and so are her family and friends. This book is about Raina right before high school on a road trip with her mom, her sister, and brother. They run into many obstacles along the way. We also see flashbacks in this novel which is a very cool detail. This way we can learn more about raina and her family's past. In this book we see how raina and her sister amara interact from a young age to now. I think it's very intresting how these two sisters can be so alike (their love of art) and differant (amara's passion for nature). I loved the part where raina and amara despite their differances bond with the yearn to fit in, the need to be someobody. Overall i think this was a lovely sequal to "Smile" which i would also reccomend! People who love and hate to read will love this action packed novel! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have wanted this book for ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad i got the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five star sisters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book.but its scary how mutch the two girls are like me and my sister.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!