Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. New York: Delacorte Press, 2001.

Annotation: A pair of pants magically fits four best friends well, so they decide to send the pants around to each other while they spend the summer apart for the first time.

Book talk:
It’s our first summer apart. Bridget the athlete is headed for a soccer camp in Mexico. Lena the beauty is visiting her grandparents in Greece. Tibby the rebel is working at a job here. And I, the one with the bad temper, is visiting my dad in South Carolina. Will we have fun and forget each other? It’s not possible because we formed a pact. We each are going to take turns wearing this pair of jeans that miraculously fits all of us and then send it on to the next Sister. This summer is going to be full of adventure, love, friendship and good times, though there might be some lessons learned and some disappointments, too. But the pants are going to witness it all and keep us connected. We made a pact and formed a sisterhood. It’s going to be an incredible summer for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • Indiana Young Hoosier Award
  • Iowa Teen Book Award
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
  • New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award
  • Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
  • Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
  • Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
  • Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award
  • Missouri Gateway Readers Award
  • Book Sense Book of the Year
  • Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List


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Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

Annotation: A boyfriend and girlfriend from Harlem correspond about their life challenges through letters after the guy is sent to jail for killing his father. 

Book talk:
Antonio writes, “Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father? I need to know if you believe what everybody saying about me because I need to know if you go my back.” Natasha responds, “I got your back baby, cause I know you would do the same for me.” [Pass books around to show the format.] And so starts the letters of 17-year-old Antonio and 16-year-old Natasha when Antonio is sent to prison for killing his father. They exchange letters, vowing to stay together. But each have their own problems and start leading separate lives – Antonia with jail and Natasha with facing tough decisions on the outside. Will their relationship stay strong? Will the letters be enough to keep them together? Follow the course of their lives while Antonio is Upstate.

  • ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults)
  • Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction