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About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

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Product Details

  • Series: First Love
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380728079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380728077
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Beverly Cleary's Sister of the Bride is about a 16-year-old girl named Barbara whose 18-year-old sister named Rosemary decides to get married to a man named Greg. At first, Rosemary's parents disagree and say she is too young, but finally they give in when Rosemary begs and start to plan the wedding. Barbara is happy for her sister, and dreams of the day she falls in love and marries someone too. The wedding comes, and the two families start arguing, and Barbara's fun, young, loving sister suddenly turns into a very practical grown-up. Barbara wonders if the wedding will turn out as planned. Barbara starts to feel left out of the whole thing and feels she is of no importance, and that she is only the sister of the bride. She feels the bride is getting all the attention. Barbara also starts to be involved in a relationship with a boy name Bill Cunningham, who drives her home every day on his Vespa motorbike. She does this while trying to avoid Tootie Bodger, a boy who likes Barbara a little more than she likes him. Barbara soon realizes that weddings are great, but all the seriousness involved is enough to make Barbara decide she's not going to rush into a serious relationship any time soon.
Barbara is my favorite character, and I can definitely relate to her, because I also have an older sister who I look up to. Barbara has an annoying brother named Gordy, and I, too, have a brother who I fight with sometimes. Barbara tries to mature and stop fighting with her brother, but it doesn't work. This has happened to me before.
I would recommend this book to all girls, because it is about girls, love, and marriage. I love this book and all parts of it. I especially like the part when Bill Cunningham arrives at Barbara's porch and expects Barbara to fix his shirt.
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This was one of my favorite books in jr. high school. I thought about it recently and decided to see if it was still in print...lo and behold... it is!!! Was expecting a hard cover but the soft cover is fine. STILL LOVE THE STORY!!
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Barbara MacLane is fifteen and in the middle of adolecence. Younger sister (and shadow) to the popular, jovial Rosemary, Barbara feels as if she is out-of-place compared to Rosemary who has her boyfriends (many, I might add) and always gets to do things first. Her mother is part of a group of women who like to socialize and discuss everyday things, her father is a high school English professor. Her brother is the everyday thirteen year old boy who doesn't care much for Barbara and the feeling is mutual. Not totally different than the way most families are.
Barbara learns from her sister that no sooner has she been in college before she's engaged. She must keep it a secret though from Mother and Dad until Rosemary comes home that Friday, and then she'll spring it on the folks. Barbara agrees, and the dreamy, imaginative fifteen year old begins thinking about her own love: deciding between the shy Tootie Bodger and the exciting Bill Cunningham. Should she go out with someone who is too shy for her or someone who could earn the family nickname of a "cunning ham"? Barbara doesn't know.
But between wedding preparations, meeting the in-laws, and a whole lot more things going on, Barbara learns a lot of things about herself and about life - as sister of the bride.
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I bought this for my sixteen-year-old goddaughter at her request. She devoured the story immediately and enjoyed it immensely. Although I had not read it, when I got to the preview page where the girl was not permitted to entertain guests when her parents were not home, I was sold on it. This kind of story reinforces good morals, something so lacking in our culture.
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This is a great story about a young girl who wants to be grown up like her sister. She wants to be the one getting married but is happy being bridesmaid. Then she starts worrying about boys. Who does she like better Tootie or Bill? Read this wonderful book and you'll find out. It's good for ages 9 and up. I hope you like it as much as I did.
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A Kid's Review on May 29, 2002
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Sister of the Bride is a wonderful, heartwarming story that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. Rosemary, eighteen, and Barbara, sixteen, are two very close sisters. Their thirteen year old annoying brother, Gordy is very laid back, messy, and a true boy. On the other hand, their parents are completely opposite. Their father Mr. Maclane, and their mother, Mrs. Maclane, are two very practical, strict, old fashioned parents. Greg, Rosemary�s fiancé is western, and a delightful man that is the "right one" for Rosemary. One day, Rosemary comes home from college, ready to tell her parents the big news. Everyone except Barbara is objects. Mr. and Mrs. Maclane are shocked, terrified, and not at all ready to give their little girl away. The parents finally agree, after Greg has a "chat" with Mr. Maclane. The planning of the wedding was chaotic, exciting and fun! Although, there were mishaps such as: Mrs. Maclane and Barbara wanted to help Rosemary pick out nice, pretty things. After Rosemary gone to college, Rosemary was attracted to the "modern, natural colored" things. Rosemary wants a suit and no veil. Barbara is disappointed in the change of her sister and the change of a dream to a nightmare! Finally, Rosemary agreed to a long, lacy gown with a one hundred-year-old veil that was her Grandmother�s. It was beautiful, detailed old lace. One day, as Barbara and her mother are laying it on the bed and admiring it, the cat, Buster, jumps all over it and shreds half of it to pieces! Everyone is in despair. They decide to make the rest of the veil into a jacket and a short veil, with a shorter, more simple wedding dress. It looks beautiful on Rosemary. The night before the wedding, Greg and Rosemary had a huge fight. Barbara was getting worried. Mrs.Read more ›
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