The Sisters Club by Megan McdonaldThe Sisters Club by Megan Mcdonald

The Sisters Club

byMegan Mcdonald

Paperback | April 8, 2008

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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.
Megan McDonald is the author of the immensely popular Judy Moody series and its companion series starring Judy’s brother, Stink. She is also the author of ANT AND HONEY BEE, illustrated by Brian Karas. The youngest of five sisters, Megan McDonald lives in Sebastopol, California.
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Title:The Sisters ClubFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 7.38 × 5.38 × 0.52 inShipping dimensions:7.38 × 5.38 × 0.52 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763632511

ISBN - 13:9780763632519

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book awesome trilogy! Reading this book was like going back to my own childhood. I grew up in a home of three boys, and reading this book about three sisters made me realize that I never knew how much boys and girls were alike. Megan McDonald, who grew up the youngest of 5 sisters, writes about the friendship, love, hate and trials of family life among siblings. Our cast of characters is: Three Sisters: Alex Reel (the oldest) Stevie Reel (middle the glue) Joey Reel (the youngest) Parents: Mom (Susan Reel Actress) Dad (Richard Reel famous actor who played King Lear) Great Great Grandmother, founder of the town Hepzibiah McNutty Reel Other Cast Members: Sock Monkey Scott Howell (the first boy to come over for dinner) And more. The three sisters have the Sisters club. They have sleep overs and meetings in Alex's room. They put on plays. This is a well-written book, in a mix of traditional text and what look like journal entries with comments from the other sisters. The illustrations really add to the book. It is a really fun read and another great book for readers of all ages by Megan McDonald.
Date published: 2012-02-07

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The MiddleBeing 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 ReelCLUBHOUSE: Alex's roomMEMBERS: Reel sisters onlyUNIFORM: 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 armALTERNATE LOGO: Troll doll with the "no" sign over itSECRET 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).

Editorial Reviews

McDonald manages to squeeze a lot of action into one story, but instead of feeling frantic, it feels like a real family.—Kirkus ReviewsDifferent styles add to the fun and help move the plot along quickly. Fans of Meg Cabot’s Allie Finkle and graduates of Judy Moody will enjoy this offering.—School Library JournalThis exciting novel captures the warmth, humor — and squabbles — of three spunky sisters.—Girls Life