Wednesday, April 10, 2013

National Sibling Day: Books with Awesome Sisters

It's National Siblings Day, a day to honor all of our siblings. Today though, YA Reading List is honoring sisters (because that's the type of sibling that I have.) Tomorrow we'll talk about brothers. Here are some books with awesome sister relationships.


All-American Girl by Meg Cabot. Sam is a goth girl who accidentally saved the President's life. Her older sister is the most popular girl in school and Sam's in love with her boyfriend. The real gem is her relationship with her younger sister, who's 11 and a genius. She lacks social skills, so she's reading romance novels to figure it out. Her older sister also shows her awesome side in the sequel, Ready or Not.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. When Primrose's name is called up for the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death, her sister Katniss volunteers to take her place. The first in a trilogy, the second is Catching Fire.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. Georgia's little sister Libby is a source of much annoyance and comic relief (I mean, it's a toddler dancing and singing "Sex Bomb" but pronouncing it "Sex Bum.") Georgia may complain mightily about Libby climbing into bed with her and leaving her pooey diapers under the covers, but she never locks her out, and is happy to see her in the morning. The first in a series, follow it with On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams. In 1968, Delphine and her sisters are off to Oakland to spend their summer with their mother, who left them behind in New York many years ago. When they get there, they find a poet who doesn't want to be a mother, and a Blank Panther day camp that shows them a different side of the Civil Rights struggle.

Dead Is the New Black by Marelene Perez. Daisy's jealous of her older sister's psychic gifts. Being the only non-gifted one in her family is rough. Still, the relationship between the three sisters is great, and continues to grow throughout the series. Follow it with Dead Is a State of Mind.

Double Love by Francine Pascal. The first in long-running, long-favorite series. It's full of guys, friendship, and a ton a drama. At the heart are the Wakefield twins.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Sensible and steady Elinor and wildly romantic and moody Marianne, they're still great friends and allies.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. In this combination of fairy tales, Sunday is the youngest of seven sisters. Some have died and some are long out of the house, but she admires them and looks out for them and there is a lot of love in their house.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. After a girl drowns in the resevior, Chloe is sent away from Ruby, the older sister that raised her. When Ruby comes to get Chloe back, London is alive again. Slowly Chloe becomes aware of the lengths Ruby will go to protect her sister. I'm not sure Ruby is awesome sister (unless you use the word in it's original sense of 'inspiring awe') but this dark and twisty tale is one of the most intriguing and interesting sister relationships I've seen.

Who are your favorite sisters in literature?

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