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Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin
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Nov 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: juv, humor, realistic-fiction
Read in November, 2011

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 Brown, but she has a real sweetness and contemporariness about her that readers will love. The plot has some hair-raising moments and Martin commendably describes a painful and difficult situation through Pearl's eyes, as Daddy Bo becomes helpless and unable to take care of himself. A very strong book about family and all of its challenges. Lovely.

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