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Ten Rules for Living with My Sister Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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“The imaginative, artistic Pearl is a likable character, and girls with sisters will easily recognize themselves in either Pearl or Lexie.” ―BCCB

Ten Rules is a fun read with a relatable young narrator…” ―Shelf Awareness

“The book will undoubtedly appeal most to younger girls, and would make a delightful shared, read-aloud between parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild.” ―VOYA

“Martin's expertise at capturing a character's authentic voice brings a high level of depth and meaning to this work.” ―School Library Journal

“Ann M. Martin gives us the real deal in this easy-to-read, eventful novel.” ―ReadKiddoRead.com

“Martin, from her Baby-sitters Club days, knows all the ins and outs of Pearl's demographic, and the nine-year-old's travails will surely resonate with the intended audience.” ―The Horn Book

About the Author

Ann M. Martin is one of the most beloved and acclaimed authors publishing today. Her novel, Everything for a Dog, also published by Feiwel and Friends, was name a Best Book of 2009 by Kirkus Reviews and Book Page, and called "beautifully crafted" by Publishers Weekly in a starred review. Ann lives in upstate New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312367664
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fabulous VINE VOICE on October 25, 2012
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I originally posted this review (written by my son) on June 11, 2012 but for some strange reason, we were never credited for this Amazon Vine Review...

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My mom got this book for me and I thought it was really funny and it made me appreciate my younger sister even more. The main character, Pearl, is the age of my sister and she is so funny. I enjoyed all the things she did to get her sisters attention. Reminded me of my sister. I thought this book was going to be really girly but once I started reading it and laughing (out loud) I decided to finish it but NEVER tell any of my friends that I did. Was really surprised when I found out my neighbor (he's a boy) read it too. Definitely NOT just for boys. I even wound up doing a book report on it too. Very funny.
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N.B.: This review is based on the advance reading copy. I am a big fan of Ann M. Martin. I read a lot of books, usually with my 6th grade daughter about girls, their friends and/or sibilings, and the lessons they learn. I immediately thought of the old TV show "Eight Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter."

So the ten rules can be boiled down to two: the golden rule and "don't say the first thing that pops into your head." Once Pearl learns not to blurt out what she's thinking or immediately snap back at her sister, they get along nicely, and you can see that Lexie responds in kind.

With thanks to Barbara K.:
What I liked: definite sense of place in Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City,excellent portrayal of someone (Grandpa Bo)in the early stages of Alzheimer's and how children react to it, and a lot of humor. There is obvious growth and change in Pearl and in the people around her.

That said, I found that Pearl, who is supposed to be in fourth grade, wavered between being incredibly immature, often like her best-friend Justine (who is 8 years old, in 1st grade, and has some issue that is not fully articulated), and being very wise beyond her 9 years. At the beginning of the book, there is a big disconnect between Pearl playing jokes on her older sister Lexie, and why Pearl can't understand why her sister gets mad at her.

Another disconnect was evident in composing the rules, which include "no underwear visits" and "take her seriously." While the former makes sense in the context of the book, the latter involves a lot more insight that was evident at this point in the story.
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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 living with her sister. This list will foster the change in one pesky little sister. The ensuing bond between Pearl and Lexie warms the heart.

Ann Martin delivers a funny, tender story showing a growing maturity in this likeable 9-year old character while still maintaining very much a nine-year old's voice. The symbolism of the key, in both the life of Pearl and in her grandfather, is touching. Both will find their independence.
Lisa Ard
Author of 'Fright Flight, Dream Seekers Book One'
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I got this book for my seven year old. When I received it I realized it was a chapter book above her reading ability. So my daughters and I read this book together. We read one chapter a night. They were excited to spend the time together and it was sweet to hear them giggle about the things they usually fight about. This story is written by a younger sister who is nine and her older sister is a teenager. My daughters are seven and nine but have very similar arguments. Of course my daughters thought they were the only ones in the whole world that had such problems with their sister. They were just tickled and amazed that someone else could come up with their own tricks. These girls lived in New York in a condo which is very different than my daughters who live in a house in Florida so it was nice for them to see that there are other ways of experincing childhood. Their whole world is what they know. It is nice to be able to laugh about the things that aggravate us. To them these little problems are very real and very frustrating. It was great to shed new light and a little humor to their sisterhood issues. It is also wonderful for them to learn that through reading they can learn, bond, laugh, and find healing.
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1) It is heartwarming. This book will make your heart swell up. I needed it and my nieces (10 and 12) needed it.

2) It is funny! We all laughed at Pearl's antics to get her sister's attention.

3) Lessons. My nieces learned some valuable lessons reading Ten Rules for Living with My Sister. One of which was friendship.

4) If you have a sister, read this book!

5) If you have daughters, read this book!

6) Ann M. Martin portrays Pearl in a very authentic way. Pearl's "voice" rings true.

7) I was Lexie as a child. I found her totally relatable.

8) Ten Rules for Living with My Sister addresses having a relative with Alzheimer's. It is a good starting point for a more serious discussion.

9) My nieces loved it. They don't love many things these days except boys and french fries.

10) Read Ten Rules for Living with My Sister because I totally recommend it!
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