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Brashares, Ann.
New York : Delacorte, 2001.
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
ISBN 0385729332

(8 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Believe it or not, Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget have been friends since before they were born. Their moms, who met at a class for pregnant ladies, all gave birth the same month and then they hung out together with their new babies. And even though their mothers may’ve drifted apart, the girls have been best friends ever since.

But this summer that friendship will be tested as the four girls are split up for the first time. Carmen is going away to South Carolina to be with her dad, Tibby’s stuck at home working at Wal-Mart’s, Lena’s heading out to a tiny Greek Island and Bridget’s attending an elite soccer camp in Baja California.

Enter, the traveling pants: an unusual pair of jeans that seems to make any girl who wears it look her hottest, Bridget may be long, lean & athletic, Tibby small and skinny, Lena slim and curvy, and Carmen, well, she’s blessed with a J-Lo-wide rear end--yet when they try the pants on—wow! Each girl will take her turn that summer—no more than a week—with the pants, before passing them on. And she has to write and tell just what she’s been up to while wearing them!

Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget soon discover that somehow, wearing those jeans inspires them to try things they’d barely dreamed of. But the consequences of those choices—wild, outrageous, brave or sexy—will upend their lives.

Read about four best friends and one amazing summer—read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brasheres

[Booktalker’s note: I’ve changed Wallman’s to Wal-Mart for the talk as that’s instantly identifiable—and clearly the work environment Brasheres was describing]

(by Kirsten Edwards of King County Library System for Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 2003-2004.)

Booktalk #2

Carmen, Lena, Tibby and Bridget were all born within a month of each other. The girls are separated for the first time during the summer between their fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays. Carmen has bought a second hand pair of jeans which appear to be magical as they fit each girl, even though they are all different sizes. The girls decide to send the pants to each other during the summer and make up a set of rules when wearing the pants. Off they go in all directions - Greece, South Carolina, and Baja California. Only Tibby languishes at home. The pants follow with gathering stories and experiences that forever change the girls' lives.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)

Booktalk #3

Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen have been best friends all their lives.  Well, actually, they've been  friends since before they were born.  You see, their mothers were in birth class together and the girls were all born a few weeks apart.  As the years went by, the mothers drifted apart but the girls remained friends.  This summer will see them separate for the first time.  Lena will be going to Greece to stay with her Grandmother.  Bridget is going to soccer camp in Baja California.  Carmen is going to visit her Dad in South Carolina.  And Tibby is staying home.  As the girls spend their last night together, they notice an old pair of jeans that Carmen bought in a thrift store.  As each girl tries on the jeans, they note a bit of magic.  Even though the girls are different sizes and shapes, the jeans seem to fit them each perfectly.  They must be magic!  The girls decide that the jeans need to travel between the girls during the summer and carry their stories to each other.  Follow the girls' adventures as they tell their stories to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Booktalk #4

Once upon a time there was a pair of pants. They were an essential kind of pants-jeans, naturally, blue but not that stiff, new blue that you see so often on the first day of school, but a soft changeable blue with extra fading at the knees and the seat and white wavelets at the cuffs. We bought the pants at a thrift shop. They were only $3.49 plus tax; I didn't even try them on, because I wasn't serious about owning them. Effie bought a little mod dress that was aggressively antiprom. Lena found a pair of beat-up loafers that looked like they'd belonged to somebody's great uncle. Lena has big feet, like nine and one half. They were the only part of her that isn't perfect. When we got home, I put them in the back of the closet and forgot about them.

The afternoon before we went our different ways for the summer, we got together. The four of us are so close that we form a single complete person, rather than four separate ones. We settle into types. Bridget, the athlete, Lena, the beauty, Tibby, the Rebel and me Carmen, the What??? The one with the bad temper. You want to know what our secret is; we are nice to one another. My Mother says that it won't stay like this, but I believe it will. The pants are like an omen. They stand for the promise we made to one another that no matter what happens we stick together. We found out that the pants all made us look confident, beautiful and sexy. Even though all of us were different heights and builds. So we formed the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. We wrote up a bunch of rules, the main one being that you could only keep the pants for one week, and that they could never be washed. So they would make the rounds at least twice before the end of the summer and then we would get together to relate the adventures we had while wearing the pants. So Lena left for Greece to visit her grandparents, Bridget went to a soccer camp, in Baja, California, Tibby will stay at home to work for minimum wage at Wallman's and I am going to visit my divorced Dad in South Carolina.

What happened that eventful summer? Read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Marilyn Bunker for The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

Booktalk #5

Four teen friends shop for clothes. Pretty ordinary, don't you think? But in this story they discover and buy a remarkable pair of pants at a thrift shop. The jeans look great on each one of them, even though the teens are not alike in size, body type, or style, or personality.

The pants make each girl feel confident, beautiful, and sexy!

Even though they are going different ways for the summer, the girls decide to share the magic by each having the pants for part of the time, and then mailing them on to the next. At the end of the summer, they'll get together to relate their adventures.

Lena heads to Greece to visit her grandparents, Bridget goes to soccer camp in Baja California, and Carmen leaves to visit her divorced dad in South Carolina. Tibby feels sentenced as she stays home to work a minimum wage summer job.

Each girl will have new experiences, not all of which will be thrilling and enjoyable. Each will mature and develop greater insight into herself, love, and friendship. And each will find that the pants are indeed 'magic.'
Marge Erickson Freeburn for The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

Booktalk #6

Bridget the brave, Lena the beauty, Tibby the rebel and Carmen…well we love Carmen.  These four friends together make each other whole, but how will they survive spending an entire summer apart?  When a pair of blue jeans mysteriously fits each one of them just right, they think they have found a way.  As Tibby begins her summer stuck inside a Wallmans drug store working wage, she makes some friends that will change her life for good.  But what about shy little Lena?   Will her adventure to Greece help her break out of her shell and be able to embrace love?  Bold, wonderful Bridget.  Who knew she could find trouble at an all girl's soccer camp in Baja California, Mexico?  And then there's Carmen.  She finds herself headed to Virginia to spend the summer with her dad, but is in for a big surprise when she finds her family not up to her standards.  As each one of them heads their separate ways, will they be able to triumph a summer of obstacles and still stay together as a whole?  (Emily, student)

Booktalk #7

"You must pass the Pants along to your sisters according to the specifications set down by the sisterhood"
Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, were best friends for as long as they can remember, but for the first time they have to spend their summer apart, until a magical pair of pants brings them together. Throughout their summer and the passing of the traveling pants, the girls face love, hatred, sadness, and death, but realize all they need is their friendship to bring them out of any situation. Follow each girl on their action filled summer vacation in, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" By Ann Brashares.  (Phoebe A., student)

Booktalk #8

Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? I am sure we all do.  In this magical tale of four teenage girls, we will enter their world and experience the summer that they are sure to never forget!  Read along and see how an ordinary pair of jeans turns of to be something these four girls would have never dreamed of.  "To us. Who we were, and who we are. And who we'll be. To the pants.  And the sisterhood. And this moment, and the rest of our lives. Together and apart." (Jenna O'Malley,, college student) 

SUBJECTS:     Jeans (Clothing) -- Fiction.
                        Girls -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Summer -- Fiction


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