Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sisters 8: Annie's Adventures

Baratz, Logsted, Lauren. 2008. The Sisters 8: Annie's Adventures. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 136 pages.

The story always begins the same.
Once upon a time, there were eight sisters who would all one day be eight years old. At the same time.

Eight sisters. Eight books. One mystery to solve. Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia are sisters: octuplets to be exact. But are they more than what they seem? When their parents disappear one New Years Eve, the girls are left a mysterious note. A note mentioning something about powers and gifts. Can these eight sisters come together and solve the mystery of what happened to their parents? Will seeking to discover their powers and gifts help solve this mystery? Who's leaving the notes in the first place? Are their parents alive or dead? And how long can they fool the whole town into believing that everything is just fine at their house?

If I had only one word to describe this one, it would be silly. Is that a good thing? A bad thing? I think it might depend on what you're looking for, what you need. I think this one could appeal to some readers. After all, it's the first in a series that promises at least eight books. (One book for each sister.) And there's a certain comfort that comes with reading a series. (I certainly read my fair share of the Babysitters Club.)

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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