Review: Sisters

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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

7 word summary:  Family road trips make for great stories. 

Graphic novel, autobiographical.  Stand alone novel.  ©2014.  197 p.  Share with ages 9+.

THIS REVIEW IS OF AN ADVANCE READER’S COPY.  FINAL COLOR NOT SEEN.

Telgemeier’s anticipated follow-up to Smile puts a young Raina on the road with her mom, younger brother, and ornery younger sister Amara.  All she wants to do on is sit back and listen to tunes on her Walkman on the long drive to a family reunion in Colorado, yet Amara’s mere existence – tapping on Raina’s seat, holding batteries hostage, talking about “the incident” – is grating.  Add in the tension between her mom and dad’s relationship and dad’s job troubles, and Raina’s got plenty to think about.   A graphic novel full of sister-centered flashbacks, this is a trip down the early 90’s memory lane worth taking for tweens and adults – and especially for anyone with a sister.   Recommended.

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