Sisters, Telegemeier’s third graphic novel in her autobiographic series that begins with Smile and Drama. Fans of the graphic novels Smile (click the link to see my review) and Drama, won’t be surprised that Raina Telgemeier has another huge success on her hands.
I had the feeling this would be the case, after loving Smile and Drama, myself, and made sure I had no less than three copies on the shelves when I started the school year. All three books were, in fact, checked out for the entire year (I replaced lost copies, twice), leaving me waiting with anticipation for my turn to read the book. When I closed the library on May 15th to finally retrieve all the missing books from my students and take inventory, I was able to check out all the books I’d been wanting to read all year. It was my chance to finally read Sisters.
So, here I sit, curled up on a couch in beautiful Lake Tahoe on summer vacation with a big stack of my students’ recommended books on my end table. This moment encapsulates one of the best parts of being a school librarian – catching up on a big pile of books that your students have urged you to read.
I just finished Sisters. What a great read. Raina Telgemeier takes me right back to middle school, my own relationship with my sister, that middle school feeling of not fitting in – but wanting to – and feeling scared thinking that my parents were going to break up (they did). Raina Telgemeier writes in an authentic voice that students (from 4th-middle school) can really hear and appreciate. She touches on real issues, in just the right way.
So, if you’re looking for a sure fire hit, and you’ve managed to find a child that hasn’t already read this book, pick it up. It’s a great summer read. You won’t regret it.