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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Author of 'Fright Flight, Dream Seekers Book One'
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this books is a great book. I would title it one of my top ten favorites. it catches your attention and you feel like you are pearl. It is great first person narrative. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shelli C.
It kept my attention, and is very humerus with a sense of adventure. It also shows the weird relationship between sisters.Defiantly my kind of book.Published 14 months ago by allinplass
I don't like this book I LOVE IT!!!! This book was written really good the book was just right for me the book was just popped out to Levi absolutely love it😊Published 15 months ago by Russell Monsef
The first day I got this book read one chapter and I was hooked. I hope the second one ten good and bad things about my life so far is amazing as this book was. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sara Lemieux
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I liked this book very much and would recommend it to young girls. honestly ,a great book.I loved it so much.Published on June 9, 2014 by Kendall Balderree
I bought this for my niece at her request. She is 10. She is so looking forward to reading it!Published on May 28, 2014 by TLG
This is an awesome book and can so relate to my sister and i except we share a room. But we live in a house. It was a great book and I would recommend it to many.Published on January 8, 2014 by kamn
This book was really great! I love how I can relate to the story and the book. I especially loved the characters th best by though.Published on July 15, 2013 by Lucy Brookover