Sisters [NOOK Book]

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The companion to Raina Telgemeier's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, 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 ...
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Overview

The companion to Raina Telgemeier's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, 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.

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

* "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

*"Though the artwork draws little attention to itself, Telgemeier’s visual storytelling skills are well-honed, and readers will be left wishing for more"- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

*"Fans of the graphic novelist’s work will be sure to delight in this return to the Telgemeier’s family drama."- School LIbrary Journal, starred review

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Editorial Reviews

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A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014

This buoyant tale of two sisters charms with its universal tale of seemingly insurmountable sibling differences. Raina is a music-loving homebody, while her once longed-for little sister is outdoorsy and adventuresome, and constantly getting on Raina’s nerves. When the two are forced to share close quarters on a road trip and during a subsequent family reunion, all the things that go wrong just end up bringing them closer together. For its expressive illustrations, sense of humor, and gentle lesson, this one is a must-read, and a great introduction to graphic novels for the young newbie.

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
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.
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.)
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Praise for SMILE
"Irresistible, funny and touching -- a must read for all teenage girls." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Praise for DRAMA
"With the clear, stylish art, the strongly appealing characters and just the right pinch of drama, this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer. Brava!" -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
"Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

* “A wonderfully charming tale of family and sisters that anyone can bond with.” --Kirkus, 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

*"Though the artwork draws little attention to itself, Telgemeier’s visual storytelling skills are well-honed, and readers will be left wishing for more"- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

*"Fans of the graphic novelist’s work will be sure to delight in this return to the Telgemeier’s family drama."- School LIbrary Journal, starred review

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545540667
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 862
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 207 MB
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Meet the Author


Raina Telgemeier is the creator of SMILE, which was a #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor Book. She is also the creator of DRAMA, which was a #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and received a Stonewall Book Award Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. She lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Awsome book hack my nook and

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    Posted September 3, 2014

    Wow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Love it

    Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Um

    If you say this is bad than you are retarted. I am eight years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Loved

    Since it wont let me bye it on the nook my friend brought it to svhool for me i read it sixteen times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Yay

    YAY A SEQUEL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    Amazing

    My friend got it said it was amazing i love these books and i am only 9 years old!!!!!!

    34 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    good books

    I love itttt #good books

    28 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    the best book ever

    Rania Telegemeier is the best author ever I'm obsessed with smile drama and now sisters thx Raina love ya

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    I never read it befor so i just wanied to be the first to buti liked the first book

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.mmmm................#.?#& thats what i think about this book

    18 out of 145 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Sisters

    Great book. I read it in a day:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

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    Yay zerrs new book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Anoynomous

    Is this book any good? I have not read it.

    12 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Sisters

    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

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Love it

    Love this book soo much

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Ceaper

    This is cheaper then scholastic and i payed $9.00 for my book at scholastic and i can pay less her.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Sister love it

    The greatest book ever

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    :D

    Its so epic :D u will luv it evenb if u n ur sister arent close.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    I read other books by this other like smile and

    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

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    GREAT BOOK LOVE IT

    IT WAS GREAT EASY READING FOR A 3RD GRADER

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