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ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Ona Gritz
Ages 9 + | 108 Pages
Publisher: Fitzroy Books | ISBN-13: 9781646033072
Publisher’s Book Summary: Ten-year-old Molly has always loved having a sister, but sisters are supposed to live together, right? Molly certainly thinks so. Unfortunately, her older half-sister Alison lives on a whole other continent. Their video chats are great, and Molly is thrilled when Alison’s hand-written letters arrive in the mail like surprise gifts.
Still, it’s not enough, not compared to what other siblings have. That’s why when Molly finds out that Alison is finally coming to visit over the summer, she devises a plan to get her sister to stay. But then Alison arrives with plans of her own, a fragile heart gets broken, and Molly stumbles upon a painful piece of her sister’s past. Molly has always loved having a sister, but this is the August when she’ll learn what it really means to be one.
I can’t imagine growing up as the only child in a house, my brother and I are very close in age and share so many memories. Molly does have a sister, but they live on different continents and are a decade apart in age. Their memories are built on one visit 5 years ago, so Molly dreams of having Alison live with her full-time to really have the experience of being sisters every day. What Molly begins to realize is that she already has those types of memories with her best friend Diane. “We may not be related, but to me we’re family." My home is filled with photos of me with my brother and me with my best “sister” friend, so I feel that the story is very true to life in that aspect (along with others). When I am having a bad day and need sympathy, those are the people I turn to for support - just as Molly has always been able to depend on Diane. And she wants to have Alison close so that they can have that same sort of relationship. This is a book that celebrates siblings of all sorts and should appeal to middle grade readers who enjoy family-centered stories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ona Gritz is the author of two previous children’s books, including Tangerines and Tea, My Grandparents and Me, a Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Alphabet Book of the Year and Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine Teacher’s Pick. Her essays and poems have been published widely. Recent honors include two Notable mentions in The Best American Essays, a winning entry in The Poetry Archive Now: Wordview 2020 project, two 2021 Pushcart nominations, and a 2022 Best of the Net nomination.
Learn more about her work at onagritz.com.