Thursday, April 11, 2013

National Sibling Day: Books with Awesome Brothers

Yesterday was National Sibling Day, and we celebrated with a list of books with awesome sisters. Today, we look at brothers.


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. The town of Lily, Arkansas, is taken by storm with the possible sighting of the Lazarus Woodpecker, a bird long thought to be extinct. Cullen likes to mock it. His brother, Gabriel, is a bit more zen about it. Then, Gabriel disappears without a trace and Cullen's left to deal with the absence.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. Tommo idolizes his older brother Charlie. When Charlie joins the army in WWI, Tommo lies about his age and joins to. It's a story of war and brotherhood, and one final act of brotherly love.

The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Alice's older brother Lester is annoying, but throughout this long-running series, he's always there for her, especially to answer her most embarrassing questions.


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Benny will never forgive his brother Tom for what happened on First Night. Tom is legendary bounty hunter, a zombie-killing hero, but Benny knows the truth. But as Benny follows Tom into the Rot and Ruin, into zombie territory, Benny learns there is more to his brother and to his world than he ever thought.

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Larangis. While serving in Iraq, Ben's convoy is caught in an explosion, and he has brain injuries. He's in a coma for two months and when he wakes up, he doesn't remember anyone or anything, but the first person he does remember is his little brother.

Split by Swati Avasthi. As soon as he could, Christian left home and his abusive father, leaving his brother Jace there. Now Jace as been kicked out and has driven through the night, showing up on Christian's doorstep with a bloodied face and the two have a chance to work through their relationship.


Mockingbird by Kathy Erskine. Caitlin's brother Devon has died before the book starts, but as we follow her in her grief, we see a wonderful relationship.

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Anderson. Luke and his younger brother, Bunna and Isaac leave their Inupiaq village to go to Sacred Heart boarding school. Told in multiple voices of the brothers and some of the other students we see four years of life in the school.

Who are your favorite brothers?

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