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Number of Pages: 228
Publication Date: 1990
|Dimensions: 7 1/2 X 5 X 3/4 (inches)|
The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way.
Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.
For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow.
Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.
Alisa1 Stars Out Of 5July 3, 2007AlisaThis book was a disappointment to me. The description on the back of the book seemed a valuable one. One that would teach you to be confident in your own abilities, than always comparing yourself to others. That was exactly what, the main character, Sara Louise, did. She constantly compared and degraded herself to her beautiful and seemingly talented sister, Caroline. The self-pity drove a dark cloud throughout the book. Her grandmother played favorites between the sisters, completely insulting Sara Louise by saying, "Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated." Her best friend deserts her and marries her sister. And finally, she is forced (by her own will) to leave the island on which she lives. Sara Louise ventures to the mountains and becomes a nurse. While there it is summarized in plain words for a few pages that Sara Louise married a farmer with a handful of children. A man she hardly knows. It isn't explained in the book very well if she truly loved the man. Sara continues to live in the mountains and that's the end of the book. But Sara never seems to get over her depressing comparison with her sister. This story has no emotional conclusion to reconciliation, forgiveness, and self-confidence whatsoever. It left the impression that you just have to live with the grief you got.
Amanda4 Stars Out Of 5May 1, 2007AmandaI thought it was wonderful! I read it 5 times.
Leslie5 Stars Out Of 5December 5, 2005LeslieI love this book! It is excellently written.