Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Sisters 8: Books 1 and 2

Lauren Bratz-Logsted has come up with a hilarious, unique, and, at times, ridiculous series for middle graders, based on the lives of octuplet sisters. So much is jam-packed into these short little books that at times it seems like a bit much, I mean, we have missing parents, gifts, powers, mystery, weird inventions, humor, and on and on, but overall these are super-cute, quick reads, meant to be made into a series of 9.

In Book 1: Annie's Adventures, we are first introduced to the sisters, Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia. If you think that's a lot of names to remember, each girl is the proud owner of her own cat...they all have names too. :) These smart, quick-witted sisters are spending New Year's Eve with their parents, when both mom and dad mysteriously disappear, leaving the girls to fend for themselves. After finding a note left behind by an unknown person, the girls understand that each of them has a power and each has a gift, both of which must be found by each girl before they can find their parents.

In Book 2: Durinda's Dangers, the girls are still on the search for each individual power and gift. Annie got her's in the last book, now it's Durinda's turn. While all of the girl's are getting themselves to school, paying bills, running the house, and looking for their parents (they're eight years old remember, a talking refrigerator and a nosy neighbor play keep getting in their way, as does fruitcake. Yep, fruitcake. Intrigued? You should be!

In the Sisters 8 series, we have a cross between the Powerpuff Girls and the siblings in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. The girl's a using powers and gifts to find their parents, who they don't know are mising or dead, and they continue to be quick-witted, funny, and smart. Sometimes names and personalities are difficult to keep track of, as with any series that includes 8 main characters, but it's not too bad. This is a cute new series, great for libraries, as it incorporates self-esteem and confidence into it's main themes.

Annie's Adventures and Durinda's Dangers (The Sisters 8)
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
136pages and 120pages
Middle Grade Fiction
9780547133492 and 9780547133478
December 2008

1 comment:

Anna said...

These might be good to consider for my daughter. Maybe packing so much in the stories is meant to keep kids' interest? I know my daughter loses interest when there are lulls in a story.

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