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Rule of Three (The Sisters Club #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  939 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
The play’s the thing when sibling rivalry takes center stage in a funny, spot-on, all-new Sisters Club story by the inimitable creator of Judy Moody.

Alex has always been the Actor-with-a-capital-A in the Reel family, and middle-sister Stevie has always been content behind the scenes. But when the school play turns out to be a musical, Stevie (the natural-born singer of the
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Published January 1st 2010 by Recorded Books (first published August 11th 2009)
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Sep 13, 2010 Truly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When you think about it things come in threes.
Knife, fork, spoon. Red, white, blue. Crust, mantle, core. The main character is Stevie Reel she is the middle of three sisters. There is Alex the oldest and Joey the youngest.
Alex announced that she is not going to try out for the play, finally a chance to try out without any sister competition. I’m the baker of the family and Alex is the actor and for once I want to try out for the play. The play is called Once Upon a Mattress the Musical and sinc
Sep 13, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the audio book version of this book. This book about three sisters and their relationship dynamic. Each sister is talented in different ways, Alex is the actress of the trio, Stevie is the singer and baker and Joey is the writer. Things get a little sticky between the sisters as Alex and Stevie try out for the led in the musical "Once Upon a Mattress". Poor Joey is stuck in the middle of this epic sister feud.
Laura Loving
Jan 17, 2017 Laura Loving rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
A great read for Middle Schoolers, anyone with siblings, anyone interested in baking, acting, forgiveness and probem solving.
Feb 19, 2017 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 8-years-old. Wow that was a while ago. All I can remember about this book is that it was my favorite for a loooooong time. Although I was just an oblivious 2nd grader I can easily say that this book was an opening to reading for me and I enjoyed it so much. I have two other sisters and this funny story was easy for me to relate with. I know that 2nd grade me would definitely agree with what I have to say now!
Jul 15, 2013 Bmack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knife, fork, spoon. Rock, paper, scissors. Lights, camera, action. Everywhere you look, things come in threes. It’s the Rule of Three which says, things are better when they come in threes. This is certainly true for the Reel sisters in the second book of The Sisters Club series called, Rule of Three. Chaos ensues when both Alex and Stevie tryout for the lead in the school musical, “Once Upon a Mattress”. You see, oldest sister Alex, is the actor in the family and a drama queen. Stevie, however, ...more
Oct 08, 2009 Lora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is the sequel to The Sisters Club (which I have not read), but you really don't need to have read that book to understand and truly enjoy this book. I read this book because I was looking for a good booktalk book for 3-4th graders.

Megan McDonald (the author of Judy Moody) brings to life three sisters and makes the story their telling very interesting with different styles of writing. Joe's point of view is told through lists and drawings, Stevie is the main voice in the book so all the norm
Sisters, Blisters and Tongue Twisters! The Reel sisters are back in a new book. Oldest sister Alex, the drama queen is excited to try out for the school play but this time she has competition from middle sister Stevie, who has a much better singing voice but hates to act! Stevie is also thinking of entering a cake bake-off. Will she be able to do both? Little sister Joey is obsessed with Little Women and mom is in danger of losing her cooking show, Fondue Sue. The tension rises as the sisters co ...more
Dec 27, 2013 KaRo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Po przeczytaniu pierwszej części serii Klubu Siostrzyczek, postanowiłam, że od razu zajmę się drugą. Skupia się ona na przesłuchaniu do szkolnego musicalu, w którym udział chce wziąć oczywiście największa sympatyczka aktorstwa - Alex oraz... Stevie - środkowa siostra trzymająca się zazwyczaj w cieniu. Pomiędzy dziewczynkami nawiązuje się rywalizacja o główną rolę w spektaklu, a wygrać ma oczywiście najlepsza.

Megan McDonald również w drugim tomie utrzymuje zabawny charakter historii i dostarcza c
Oldest sister Alex Reel has always been the drama queen, the actor extraordinaire in the family, but when the acting bug bites middle sister, Stevie things turn ugly when they both go out for the same role in the upcoming school play Once Upon a Mattress.

Audition day arrives and Stevie sings her heart out...clearly she has the best voice of all! Alex acts like she was born to do it...clearly she has the acting gene! Who will get the lead? Alex, of course! Stevie gets relegated to the lowly choru
Steven R. McEvoy
It's funny that the second book in what is currently a trilogy is called Rule of Three, but knowing Megan McDonald and the three Reel sisters from these books it is very fitting. These books are wonderfully written and a pleasure to read. We get dropped into the Reel family. They run the local theatre. Mrs. Reel has a TV show called "Fondue Sue" even though she can't cook. The school play this year is a musical, and Alex, the oldest and family actor, decides she is not going to go out for the pl ...more
Kate Hastings
Grades 4-6. RL 690. It's been a while since I've read a "girly" book and I find myself needing to branch out from Wendy Mass. This is the story of three sisters. The oldest, Alex, has always been the one into acting (her stories told in scripts). The middle sister, Stevie, is into singing and cooking. She is the main narrator of the story. Joey is the youngest sister and she loves literature. Her story is told in lists and illustrations. Each sister is supposed to play her "role" in the family, ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Unicorn_anabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about three sisters who all want think that they are unique. Read this book to find out about what adventure these sisters take when Stevie decides that shes going to start doing what Alex stops doing, what is that exactly? Acting. This family owns a theater so they are all involved in show business but the acting part is Alex's- and only Alex's. They all learn the hard way, that you cant always have what you really want. Find out what happens in this book about drama, revenge and t ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex, Stevie and Joey are back for more fun! In this second book in the Sisters Club series, the three Reel sisters are struggling to keep their Sisters Club together. Alex is the actor and playwright, Joey is the reader and journal writer, and Stevie, who tells the story, is a singer and a good cook. But what would happen if they wanted to change roles? When Stevie wants to try out for the same play that Alex is auditioning for, sparks are bound to fly. Can their friendship survive?

The book is
Jan 10, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-grade
I recommend you read this book because it is funny and it has really fun little quizzes in it. And if you're a person who really likes singing, reading or acting, this is the perfect book for you because it has a lot of that in it. You will love reading it. My favorite part was when Alex put on her pajamas and wet her hair and sang "wash that man right out of my hair". But I wish Stevie would be ok with Alex trying out for the same play as her. My favorite character is Joey because she is funny ...more
Addison Children
Cute girl story about three sisters. Having finished the book, I'm still not sure how old the girls are. I think the middle sister is in 6th grade and I figure they are about 2 years apart, but they could be closer. The book is largely first person from Stevie's (middle sister's) point of view. There are alternating chapters, first person dialog between the eldest and her sock puppet, and journal entries (frequently in the form of lists) from the youngest sisters voice. From the author of Judy M ...more
Jennifer Danko
Although Megan McDonald’s novel is well written and developed. It was hard to stay focused on the story line. McDonald’s novel is for children around the age ten trying to venture out into chapter books. This novel can easily be the topic of discussion for any young girls in elementary school. McDonald’s story line teaches young girls about the importance of family. She opens the door to real life fights and competitions between sisters and at the same time enforces the importance of trust and e ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Jnase1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute preteen book about a trio of sisters. This is second book in the series. It pretty much picks up where the first book, The Sisters Club, leaves off. This book focuses in on Alex, the middle sister. Any middle child will be able to relate the "hardships" Alex goes through in this book. She often feels overlooked because she's not the older and she's not the baby, but by then end, she realizes that being in the middle is not so bad. Easy, but enjoyable read.
This was an okay book i found in a little stressing at times when the girls were aurguing it was mainly about 3 sisters stevie the middle alex the oldest and OMG BRAIN CRAMP CAN'T REMEMBER THE YOUNGESTS NAME! well anyway Stevie is the swinger alex the actress but stevie wants a chance in the spotlight and the school play turns out to be a musical so they get into arguements so to see who gets the lead part read it!!
Nov 06, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Cute story about sisters balancing their personal dreams with their family ties. I like the three sisters’ contributions: narrative, plays, and especially lists, which give an entertaining view of the story and a good sense of who these characters are. I particularly liked that I had no idea what would happen by the end. And, since my mother starred in her high school’s play of Once Upon a Mattress, I felt a special kinship to the plot.
Jul 16, 2009 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I loved this because I'm one of three sisters. Or maybe because it was awesome!!! Cute story told mostly from the perspective of the middle sister, who decides to upset the balance of their close-knit family and go out for the musical, even though the sister is the actress. Super cute and a great next step for girls who have read the Judy Moody series.
Jun 25, 2013 Renae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Aunt Rachel and Sienna, recommend this series to Maya. It is a good series (well so far . . . I'm in the middle of reading the last book)about sisterhood, friendship, tough life, pride, (and overcoming it) etc.

P.S. I have been spending quite a bit more time with Sadie since I've read this book. :)
Nov 26, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting. The sisters, Stevie, Alex, and Joey have this chemisty that I don't think I'm going to have with my sister anytime soon.Anyway, it's really interesting. You should read the book.
Fun, upbeat story. I really enjoyed the theatrical references and the relationship between the three sisters. It reminds me of my friend's family (she is one of 3 girls). Read by 3 actors on the audio cd.
Maiya Hyde
May 04, 2010 Maiya Hyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really liked this book,it kept me entertained a lot. i didn't put it down until it was finished. i think it is the best book megan mcdonald has written. i would definately reccomend it to a friend.
Mary Lee
There's a lot going on in this book: cupcakes, tryouts for the musical, LITTLE WOMEN, and life in a family with three sisters. There is the story and then there are the journal entries, the lists, and the skits mixed in. And did I mention the cupcakes?
Jan 03, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a joy to read. Reading Megan McDonald's books are wonderful! The Rule Of Three is very dramatic and characters in this book always get what they want. They also use their imaganations even if it doesn't come true. At one part it made me laugh! You will love it!
Leslie Lamb
Jul 29, 2015 Leslie Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute easy read book. Stevie wants to be like the rest of the family, so she takes up acting. It causes jealousy and fights. Is she doing it for the right reasons, or just so she can be like her sister Alex?
Mar 08, 2011 Sarit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am almost done with this book and it was really great.
Mira Greenlee
Aug 02, 2010 Mira Greenlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the quotes from the girls!
Gracie Horlbogen
I loved this book! I did this for my book project!
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"Sometimes I think I am Judy Moody," says Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series, the Stink series, and THE SISTERS CLUB. "I'm certainly moody, like she is. Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that."

For Megan McDonald, being able to speak up for herself wasn't always easy. She grew up as the youngest of five sisters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, an
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“Knife, Fork, Spoon. Rock, Paper, Scissors. It’s the Rule of Three.” 2 likes
“we’re not helping. So now we’re helping. Me: (Standing in doorway, looking bewildered.) Thanks, I guess. Joey: (Takes away Stevie’s hand.) But that’s not fair! Alex: What’s not fair? Stevie: (Striking Shakespeare pose.) All’s fair in love and sisters. Me: You guys are weird, you know that? Stevie: Go ahead. Take it. Go. (Makes shooing-dog motion with hands.) OK. Bye-bye, then. Joey: (Calling after Alex.) Bye-bye, Birdie! Me: (Leaves room, taking list. Sisters behind me mumbling and grumbling — Joey” 2 likes
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