The worst thing about my sister by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Published by Doubleday, 2012. Available in NZ bookstores $18.99.
From the publisher:
Being a sister isn’t always easy… but what’s the very worst thing about your sister? Marty and her sister Melissa couldn’t be more different. Marty loves her Converse trainers, playing football, hiding in her secret den and helping her dad with his DIY. But Melissa loves Justin Bieber and all things pink, girly and pretty.
The sisters can manage to live together, despite their occasional scraps but then Mum tells them they have to share a room. For Marty, having to share her bunk beds and lose her private sanctuary turns out to be the very worst thing about having a sister. But the girls soon discover that being too close for comfort can have unexpected consequences, and when an accident happens, the sisters realise they are closer than they thought.
“Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and Melissa is as girlie as a girl can be. What on earth will happen when they have to share a bedroom? What looks like a disaster turns out surprisingly well as the girls learn just how important they are to one another – despite their differences!”
What do I think about this book?
I’m pleased to have this book in our collection because I know this will be popular with younger Jacqueline Wilson fans. My daughters both read this story even though it was really too young and easy for my eldest girl. Both girls wanted to read this because it’s a story about two sisters who don’t always get on (in fact they fight a lot…) just like my two girls! I found it a little ‘underwhelming’ after recently reading the Hetty Feather trilogy, but I do need to remind myself that this is for younger girls. As much as this is a story of sisters it is also a story about fitting in with other friends and girls at school and in life. This is a great story for girls needing some positive reinforcement and acknowledgment that it is OK to be a bit different, perhaps a bit quirky and to stand out from the crowd (why blend in when you are born to stand out!)
Author website: http://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk