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The Sisters Club / Megan McDonald.

By: McDonald, Megan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: McDonald, Megan. Sisters Club (Brilliance Audio (Firm)): ; McDonald, Megan. Sisters Club (Brilliance Audio (Firm)): 1.; McDonald, Megan. Sisters Club: Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Pr, 2008Description: 181 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780763632519 (pbk.); 0763632511 (pbk.).Subject(s): Clubs -- Juvenile fiction | Sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Acting -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Clubs -- Children's fiction | Sisters -- Children's fiction | Acting -- Children's fiction | Families -- Children's fiction | Children's humourous stories | Clubs -- Fiction | Sisters -- Fiction | Acting -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | Sisters -- Children's fiction | Clubs -- Children's fiction | Oregon -- Juvenile fiction | Oregon -- Fiction | Oregon -- Children's fictionGenre/Form: Humorous fiction. | Humorous stories, juvenile. | Children's humourous fiction. | Children's fiction.DDC classification: Children's Fiction Summary: Stevie Reel feels like she's the glue holding her family together, expecially since Boss Queen Alex has gotten so wrapped up in her school play - and her leading man - that she doesn't have time for the Sisters Club. Is it up to the middle-sister Stevie to save the day? Dive into the real-life ups and downs of sisterhood.
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From the author of the Judy Moody books, this exciting novel captures the warmth, humor, and squabbles of three spunky sisters.

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.

Stevie Reel feels like she's the glue holding her family together, expecially since Boss Queen Alex has gotten so wrapped up in her school play - and her leading man - that she doesn't have time for the Sisters Club. Is it up to the middle-sister Stevie to save the day? Dive into the real-life ups and downs of sisterhood.

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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). Excerpted from The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Sisters are forever. At least, that's what Joey, Stevie, and Alex, ages, 8, 10, and 12, believe.ÅAs members of the Sister's Club they have to stick together.ÅIn a quirky family of actors, Stevie narrates as Joey writes in her journal and Alex scripts dramatic scenes, each telling the story of how Joey and Stevie plot to get Alex's crush to kiss her, culminating in the event where Alex decides to divorce her sisters and quit the Club forever.ÅWill Alex ever rejoin the Club? The narrative is told in four "acts" with an intermission. Megan McDonald's story (American Girl, 2003) is nicely narrated by Jessica Almasy, Michal Friedman, and Suzy Jackson.ÅFans of Beverly Cleary's Ramona series will enjoy this silly, fun, and thoroughly delectable listen.-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. The three Reel sisters, ages 8 to almost 13, have acting in their blood. More than 100 years ago, their great-great-grandmother built the house in which they live and founded the Raven Theater next door. Their parents are actors, so it's no wonder that life in the Reel household pivots around auditions, rehearsals, set construction, and performances. Even the girls' daily interactions with one another are theatrical, thanks to author McDonald's flair for quick repartee and her skill at transforming preadolescent high jinks into hilarious episodes. McDonald even pokes fun at Shakespeare as this eclectically composed novel unfolds through middle-sister Stevie's narration, the journal entries of Joey, the youngest sister, and the light dramatic scenes scripted by Alex, the oldest. Some reflection on the impact of theater on audiences as well as on actors, examples of the girls' testing their self-reliance to help out in a two-working-parent household, and lots of genuine family affection surfaces among the flooding floors, disastrous dinners, and entertaining meetings of the Sisters Club. --Ellen Mandel Copyright 2003 Booklist

Horn Book Review

Sisters Alex, Stevie, and Joey narrate this slight story. Alex, the eldest, wants to be an actress and is starting to outgrow her younger sisters' childish games, while Stevie and Joey struggle to keep their relationship close by forming a Sisters Club--secret knock and all. The usual family dynamics are at work here, and most readers will recognize their own family in this quick, entertaining read. From HORN BOOK Spring 2004, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

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) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.