When My Sister Started Kissing

When My Sister Started Kissing

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A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of 2017
A 2017 BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
A 2017 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids
A 2017 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Pick for Middle School Readers
A 2018 NCTE Notable Verse Novel
A 2018 CCBC Choices Book

Claire and Abi have always loved their summers at the lake house, but this year, everything's different. Dad and Pam, their stepmom, are expecting a new baby, and they've cleared out all of Mom's belongings to make room. And last summer, Abi was looking at boys, but this summer, boys are looking back at her. While Abi sneaks around, Claire is left behind to make excuses and cover up for her. Claire doesn't want her family to change, but there doesn't seem to be a way of stopping it. By the end of their time at the house, the two sisters have learned that growing up doesn't have to mean their family growing apart. WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING is Helen Frost's beautiful novel-in-verse about summertime and coming of age.

A Margaret Ferguson Book

Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, ©2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374303037
Branch Call Number: J FRO
Characteristics: 193 pages ; 24 cm

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This lyrical novel is a coming of age story about the bond between sisters. When Claire's older sister Abigail gets her first boyfriend, things change dramatically between the sisters. On top of growing up, the sisters deal with the changing dynamics of their expanding family. A moving and honest... Read More »


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LPL_Childrens May 10, 2017

Another excellent book by one of my favorite authors, Helen Frost!! Abigail and Claire are returning to their summer retreat with changes in the air. This time they are returning to their beloved cabin by the lake with their new stepmom. Ten years ago, their mother tragically died by a lightning strike at Heartstone Lake. Now the family is returning and changes are everywhere. Their mother's belongings are packed away and the cabin takes on a new look. Claire especially has a hard time accepting Pam, the stepmom, and accepting the fact that they have to now share their father's attention. Abigail is also changing; boys become important to her. Claire is starting to feel left out. And, on top of all this, a new addition to the family, a baby boy named Blake, is born. Written in a variety of poetic forms, Helen Frost masterfully weaves together this beautiful coming of age story.

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