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My Sister's Keeper

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the north woods of Wisconsin following a forest fire that destroys their town in 1871, 17-year-old Mary James forms a new respect for her older sister.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published March 1st 1980 by Dodd Mead
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Mary James was forced to make a visit to her older sister Clara to help care for the children and assist Clara when her new baby comes. Mary doesn't get along with her fussy older sister and thinks her sister was lucky to catch a man like Ellery. Where Clara is tough and tart, Ellery is kind and fun. Mary's one consolation is that there is at least a new town of men to admire her beauty. One terrible night a fire rages through Peshtigo and Mary and her family are forced to run for their lives. E ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book was a big favorite of mine when I was growing up. Being from Wisconsin, it had some local interest to me. In fact, several years ago, during a vacation to the upper peninsula of Michigan, we passed by Peshtigo and instead of bypassing the city on the highway, I made my husband drive through the center of town, and I saw the river, and the historical marker and imagined Mary and her family fleeing from the flames. On a whim recently, I reread a bunch of my favorite books from childhood, ...more
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Jan 25, 2015 Tina Baird rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book as a child late into the evening to finish. Did it again reading as an adult. Found myself gasping for air as
The characters were running into the river , away from the fire.
Linda Quarne-Hartman
Jul 10, 2008 Linda Quarne-Hartman rated it it was amazing
I go in streaks and lately have been reading about the Peshtigo fire. This story, written by a Wisconsin native is a fictional account of the fire but all the details are factual. A good older book about a tough subject. I actually read this the first time when I was 10 or 11 but as I said, I had just finished reading several books about the fire and faintly remembered reading this and decided to check it out again.
Apr 24, 2008 Kendall rated it it was ok
while the benefactor portion is missing (broken for you), the perfect dialogue and composure of a Law and Order episode is rampant. The character by chapter approach was interesting but not convincing. most of the plot was simple at best, completely predictable BUT the climax was not what i expected so i will give the book two stars.
Jun 10, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense-a-grade
Read this book way back, but I loved it. Edge of my seat reading with the main character having to survive the big fire of Wisconsin by immersing in the river, ducking under and coming up to gap for air before going under again. I will never forget this scene from the book.
May 05, 2008 Phyllis rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. It was very well written. I was interested in learning about Down Syndrome.
The plot of the book irritated me. It just wasn't believable to me, that a man could successfully take a newborn out of his wife's life unbeknownst to her.
Apr 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it
This book is awful! The author attempts to write in four different voices. She fails miserably. I did the unthinkable after forcing myself to finish this book. I threw it out. I will never read another book by this author.
May 05, 2008 Bonnie added it
Loved this book. It really makes you think about what you would do in that situation.
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Oct 02, 2012 Heidi Peppers rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this since I was I child, but I thought it was great then.
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Ding Dong.
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Beverly K. Olsen
Was married to Theodore Victor Olsen

Beverly was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a long time resident of Rhinelander. Beverly had planned to be an artist, but an impending blindness impelled her to learn typing in order to rejoin her high school class. For practice, she began typing remembered stories which led to her inventing stories.
In 1954, she graduated cu
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