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· A PLACE TO CALL HOME
- Jackie French Koller is a more serious story for grades 7 up about a
teen sister who tries to hold her family together and continue to care
for her brother and sister after their mother's disappearance.
· All About Sam by Lois
Lowry is a humorous chapter book that supposedly reaches a wide range of
students -- read-aloud for 2nd grade, read-alone for 4th-5th graders who
know Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik books. Sam (age 3 in this book) is
12-year-old Anastasia's brother, and in a number of chapters their close
relationship is foregrounded, although the story is ostensibly Sam's.
As an added touch, this book is written from Sam's point-of-view, but a
number of the events are also depicted in the first four Anastasia books,
from her point-of-view (in fact, the opening scene in SAM is the final
scene in the first book).
· Ballerinas Don't Wear
Glasses by Ainslie Manson and Dean Griffiths (Victoria, BC / Custer, WA:
Orca Book Publishers, 2000 ISBN 1-55143-158-0). It's the story
of a big brother who is looking forward to the ulitmate snowball fight,
only to have it spoiled by having to look after his little sister, which
includes getting her to her ballet recital. It is a very realistic
depiction of how an older sibling may not like the responsibility thrust
upon them, but handles it well.
· Ian's Walk : A Story
About Autism</i> by Laurie Lears. It is an amazingly beautiful story
of an older sister who has to take her brother to the park with her. Her
brother has autism. It is utterly respectful of both brother and sister,
respecting the sister's dread of having to take Ian with her at the same
time that it treats Ian respectfully. I think it's outstanding. It would
be ideal for your collection.
IF I HAD ONE WISH - Jackie
French Koller (now under development at Disney) is a humorous look at sibling
rivalry for grades 4 up.
| Last Updated: December 18, 2000| Copyright © 1999-
by Nancy J. Keane
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