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Ten Rules for Living with My Sister (Pearl Littlefield)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  680 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Pearl's older sister Lexie is in eighth grade and has a boyfriend. Pearl's only boyfriend is the family's crabby cat, Bitey. Lexie is popular. Pearl is not, mostly because of the embarrassing Three Bad Things that happened in school and which no one has forgotten. Everything Pearl does seems to drive Lexie crazy. On top of that, their grandfather is moving into their famil ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
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I decided to enter the Goodreads giveaway for the newest juvenile book by beloved author Ann M. Martin somewhat on a whim. I was pleasantly surprised to win although I also felt some trepidation at the prospect of writing a review on it. I’m not really one of those adults who read juvenile and YA books so I always feel a bit unsure rating and reviewing books for young readers as someone not in the intended audience for these books. However, Ann M. Martin holds a special place in my heart, partia ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
Pearl is an energetic, curious nine-year-old who usually speaks without thinking. Sadly, this often results in friction with her popular older sister Lexie, who is frequently embarrassed by Pearl's comments, questions and actions. Pearl is commonly banned from Lexie's bedroom and given the silent treatment. But the sisters must find a way to get along when their grandfather, Daddy Bo, can no longer live alone and comes to live with them until space is available in an assisted living center. Pear ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
I thought "Ten Rules for Living with my Sister" was well combined with humor and seriousness. When reading the book, I often wondered, why did the older sister,Lexi, always get mad over everything? I realized that she's had to put up with her little sister, Pearl's, tricks more often then just in the book. When Pearl and her best friend, Justine, are playing together it's nice and funny. When DaddyBo, grandfather, hurts his shoulder then it isn't so happy and friendly. Everyone is concerned for ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Josiah rated it liked it
I love, love, love this book! Every so often, I come across a junior novel that represents all the vast potential of the art form, everything good about books for kids and why they mean so much to us: naturally funny characters; a fresh, vibrant narrative voice, entertaining but also enlightening; a relevant story that also feels different and new; handling of a variety of personal issues that does justice to the characters' feelings as well as our own, providing solutions but not necessarily r ...more
Suzi Case
Aug 24, 2011 Suzi Case rated it really liked it
‘Ten Rules For Living With My Sister’ is the newest book written by Ann M. Martin, who is best known for her ‘Babysitters Club’ series. While ‘Ten Rules’ is intended for a slightly younger audience it is an interesting, gripping and ultimately satisfying book; though, it did not engross me a much as the ‘Babysitters Club’ books did when I was younger.

This is a YA book that best suits those from 7-12 and deals with a lot of important issues, namely how to deal with alzheimer’s disease. I thought
Mar 31, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: bullies, animals, families
It's never easy to live with an older sibling, especially when that sibling is a popular sister as in the case of nine-year-old Pearl Littlefield and her sister Lexie. Lexie has many interests and many friends, and values her privacy. Pearl, on the other hand, has one friend, a much younger neighbor, and spends her free time with her and her cat Bitey. Her classmates still remember three embarrassing incidents that occurred when Pearl was younger, and won't let her live them down. When the girls ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
I thought that "Ten Rule for Living with my Sister" was a well written book. The book was written by Ann M. Martin. This was one of the few books I didn't feel forced to read. I felt this way because I was really able to connect with the characters. The characters are sisters. I have a younger brother. When the younger sister spoke, it sounded like something my brother would say. I think the author must have had a brother or sister to be able to really picture this story. This book wasn't only h ...more
May 19, 2016 Angelica rated it really liked it
This book is good, because it is realistic. The author shows what having a little sister can be like, and it shows what having an older sister is like too. Some parts could have been more interesting, but Overall, I liked this book. I would recommend this book to whoever has older or younger siblings, because many people could relate.
Not groundbreaking but my 8-year-old daughter loved it so much she begged me to read it. It's definitely got redeeming qualities -- particularly the main character. I'm glad my daughter shared it with me.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
This book was funny and taught me how to live with my sister. If you have a sister and you need to learn how to work withher, this is the book for you! A.T.
May 10, 2016 ƝAƬASHA rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was way younger but it's such a cute story!
Rachael Close
This is a story of a girl named Pearl. Pearls only friend is a kid two years younger than her because of the three most embarrassing things she did. Pearl lives with her sister (Lexie), her mom and Bitey; her cat. That was until her grandfather had an accident and moved in with them because her could not care for himself any longer. He moves into Pearl's room so she is forced to stay in her sisters room which she doesn't mind but Lexie has a problem with. Lexie and her sister aren't very close, ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Read it to actually really love it.
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

Pearl Littlefield is nine years old and in 4th grade. Her best (and only) friend is Justine Lebarro, who's seven years old and in 1st grade (for the second time). Lexie is Pearl's older sister, thirteen years old and in 8th grade. Pearl wants be be as good at or better at something (anything) than Lexie. Pearl's mom is a writer of children's books who works from home and her father is a university professor of economic
Katie Fitzgerald
Nine-year-old Pearl and her thirteen-year-old sister Lexie could not be more different. Lexie is so popular, she even has a boyfriend, but Pearl has just one friend, a first-grader named Justine, and the only boy who pays any attention to her is the family cat, Bitey. Lexie is so sophisticated, she has a cell phone and her own key to the apartment, but Pearl has to be reminded not to wander into her sister's room in her underwear, and she is ostracized at school because of some awkward and dorky ...more
Dec 23, 2016 Aly rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!! I love how the author Ann M. Martin adds charts on what the girl has and doesn't have and she does that with her sister, then the girl compares the choices. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is no a short book, but also not a long book. It is the perfect book for me, and I think it will be for you, too!
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
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Pearl, barely nine, always seems to make her sister, Lexie, mad at her. Lexie, who is 13 going on 14, seems to use the phrase "I'm not speaking to you!" with Pearl constantly. The problem is: Pearl doesn't seem to understand what it is she does to make Lexie mad. So she starts to construct a list of ideas that might help her deal with Lexie. "Take her seriously. She has no sense of humor about herself and everything embarrasses her." This means Pearl and her best friend Justine need to stop jump ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 9-12
Nine-year-old Pearl Littlefield feels she can’t live up to her thirteen-year-old sister Lexie. Pearl compares their differences such as Lexie has won awards and Pearl hasn’t; Lexie has her own key to their apartment and Pearl doesn’t; and Lexie has a boyfriend and so does Pearl, but Pearl’s is the family cat, Bitey.

Recently, Lexie has given Pearl a lot of rules especially involving privacy. However, when the sisters’ grandfather has to move in with their family for a while, Pearl and Lexie must
Sep 03, 2011 Charlyn rated it liked it
(Review of ARC) As an older sister, I have heard my sister’s complaints about me. I had a few about her, too. So anyone who has a sister knows that it’s not always easy having someone older picking on you or younger annoying you. This story deals with those issues but also has some insightful characters who figure out some of the ins and outs of getting along with one another. Pearl, Lexie’s younger sister, is the narrator and she has a penchant for making lists. Pearl is in the third grade and ...more
Lisa Ard
Apr 17, 2012 Lisa Ard rated it it was amazing
Pearl is nine years old and compared with her older sister Lexie, she has very little in life - no boyfriend (unless you count the cat), few friends, no phone and no key to the apartment! It's a typical sister relationship with its ups and downs, but that's about to change. With the girls' grandfather temporarily moving into their New York City apartment, the girls will have to share a room. After the initial horror (on the part of Lexie), Pearl takes a stab at creating the list of ten rules for ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Linnae rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, clean-reads
Pearl wants so much to be like her big sister Lexie that she antagonizes her every chance she gets. Some attention is better than none! She makes lists of how she and Lexie are different: Lexie has friends, a cell phone, and a boyfriend; Pearl doesn't have any of the above, except one friend who's 2 grades younger than her. Pearl longs to check "Yes" in some of the boxes on her side of the list, too. At least she should get her very own key to the apartment.

Then Grandpa (Daddy Bo) has to move in
Anastasia Tuckness
Realistic fiction; main character is younger sister learning to deal with her older sister; friendship and family are main themes.

This book has an incredibly poignant scene where the grandpa is going senile and so he's living with the family in their apartment. He is babysitting the younger sister (Pearl) one day and decides they are going to go visit his house (which is no longer his house). Pearl is worried but thinks it's best to stay with the grandpa, so they go on a rather long walk/bus rid
Nov 13, 2011 Phoebe rated it really liked it
9-year-old Pearl and teenage Lexie don't get along. When their grandfather must come to live with the family he moves into Pearl's room, and she moves in with Lexie. The girls are horrified at the idea but have to make it work--slowly, as they are forced to spend time with one another and actually come to understand each other a little better. Pearl is absolutely fresh and delightful, with that 9-year-old enthusiasm and innocence--readers will be reminded of Ramona, and Clementine, and Amber Bro ...more
Ruth Ann
Jul 10, 2016 Ruth Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
This book had several important themes: sisters are both wonderful and difficult; having a best friend move away can be devastating; watching a grandparent age and dealing with changes can be challenging for the whole family; and being thoughtful of the feelings of others leads to a more peaceful household full of love and trust.
Pearl's character seemed inconsistent to me. Sometimes she seemed to act way too young/immature (holding hands with a parent while walking to school or frequently dress
Alex Fairhill
Aug 16, 2014 Alex Fairhill rated it liked it
Pearl is smart, annoying, the youngest in her grade, and a great character. I initially related more to Lexie as the put-upon, hassled, pranked older sibling (change the names and Pearl's gender, and it could have been my childhood!) so found Pearl irritating at first.

As the story progresses, Pearl's personality becomes more rounded. She's observant, and her voice is authentically that of a young child dealing with changes in her world.

By the end of the book I loved Pearl - she's a sassy little
May 05, 2015 Madison rated it it was amazing

I loved Ten Rules For Living With My Sister. Pearl, the younger sister, is the narrator. Pearl and her sister Lexie don’t get along very well most of the time. Then there grandfather had to move in with them and moved into Pearl’s room. Now Lexie and Pearl Have to share a room, which didn’t start out very well. Pearl and her grandfather are home alone one day and her grandpa, who has dementia, told Pearl to go to New Jersey with him. They get stuck there and Pearl’s family had to come and get th
Jul 13, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Ann M. Martin knows how to write a story! Pearl knows just how to aggravate her older sister, Lexie, without even trying. Lots of humor in this story, but also a touch of pathos as Pearl's grandfather comes to live with them and she can see that he is growing old. When Daddy Bo moves into Pearl's room, she moves into 13-year old Lexie's room. Pearl is very precocious nearly-9 year old and has even skipped a grade in school; sometimes that causes more problems for her. Loved the rules Pearl devel ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
Not only is this book special to me because Ann M. Martin herself signed it for me at BEA but I really liked it. After devoting 7 straight years to teen fiction, I've been reading children's books again on a regular basis. This book started out as a typical younger/older sister conflict. I loved the younger sister, Pearl, because she was flawed: she didn't always care about getting her homework done and she played minor tricks on her older sister. But what I loved about this book is that it intr ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
8 and up, first person narrative of 9-year-old sister writing about life with her parents and 13-year-old sister the year her grandfather comes to live with them and she and her sister have to share a room, funny, interesting look into the mind of a 9-year-old girl and why there are misunderstandings with a teenage sister, it is a year of growing and maturing and by the end we really like this girl (and her sister, too), the focus stays pretty close to the relationship between sisters but consid ...more
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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