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Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.




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Educational value

Sisters has much to say about family dynamics and sibling rivalries. Most readers will relate to the issues and conflicts that arise. 

Positive messages

Sisters emphasizes that families need to work together to settle their differences and move forward. Each character in the book has a unique viewpoint, but they all must compromise for the greater good.

Positive role models

Raina and Amara are siblings with very different interests and temperaments. They love each other, but they can't seem to resist poking each other's sensitive spots. When their vacation goes awry and it looks as if their parents are having difficulties, the girls learn more about what they mean to each other.


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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sisters, the follow-up to author-illustrator Raina Telgemeir's previous graphic novel memoir​, Smileis a funny, affectionate examination of family dynamics and sibling rivalry. Raina, Amara, and their younger brother, Will, are presented as a believable set of siblings with competing interests and different foibles. Their expressions and reactions are sometimes overstated, but that's all in tune with the comics format. There's no objectionable content. 

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What's the story?

A family road trip from San Francisco to Denver is an occasion for Raina to contemplate her rocky relationship with her younger sister, Amara. When she was younger, Raina couldn't wait to be a big sister, but, when Amara arrived, she turned out to be a cranky, grouchy baby and toddler. Now the two of them constantly get on each other's nerves, especially when they're stuck in a minivan together on a long car trip. Along the way, they learn some lessons about what it means to be a family.

Is it any good?


SISTERS is a funny, touching follow-up to Smile. Through big gestures and small details, it captures the comedy and drama of sibling rivalry and affection. It also touches on some disturbing issues (unemployment, the possibility of separation/divorce), but the story mostly emphasizes how it's possible to love somebody while enduring his or her "crazy" behavior.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why graphic novels are a good form for memoir. What advantages do they have over conventional prose memoirs? 

  • What are some of the issues that cause tension between brothers and sisters? What are good methods of trying to resolve them?

  • What kinds of stressful events occur on family vacations? What are good ways to ensure that all members of the family enjoy an extended road trip?

Book details

Author:Raina Telgemeier
Illustrator:Raina Telgemeier
Topics:Arts and dance, Brothers and sisters, Great girl role models, Holidays
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publication date:August 26, 2014
Number of pages:208
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 12
Available on:Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
Award:ALA Best and Notable Books

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"I can understand why the book was so good!"

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