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Say you are my sister
Brady, Laurel.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
208 pages ; 22 cm
In rural Georgia during World War II, twelve-year-old Ramona Louise determines to do everything to help her beloved older sister Georgie keep the family together after the death of their parents, even to keeping a secret which could destroy their close relationship.
Reading Level:
880 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 9.0 44291.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.7 14 Quiz: 33161 Guided reading level: W.

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The storm skipped round, digging out its swath like skipping rocks through town, mashing a house here to matchsticks, leaving one next door to stand untouched. Our farm was spared, but that don't mean we were the lucky ones.

For twelve-year-old Mony (short for Ramona Louise), a small town in Georgia and the stories her pa tells are all she knows of life. Her family is poor, but they work hard to make ends meet. And Mony has Georgie, her beloved older sister and very best friend.

Then, in horrifying succession, one disaster after another strikes and Mony, Georgie, and their baby sister are suddenly on their own. They must learn to survive, just the three of them. But Mony alone must cope with the one secret she fears will destroy them as a family.

Told in a funny, sensitive, and heartbreakingly original voice, the story of Mony and her sister is the story of family, and the unbreakable ties of love, devotion, and family history.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A strong narrative voice and an intense bond between 12-year-old Mony (Ramony Louise) Keddrington and her beautiful 17-year-old sister, Georgie, form the spine of this first novel set in WWII Georgia. "She was my big sister who loved me fierce and proud, who tightened my braids when they drooped and beat up Charlie Jemissee once for laughing at my spelling test," says Mony of her older sister. The two together with their infant sister, Keely Faye, struggle to make ends meet when their mama dies, and their pa's fatal accident follows soon after. Through Pa's treasured family stories and a heated racial conflict in town, Brady lays the groundwork for some lingering secrets and the question of what defines a family, which lies at the heart of the novel. Despite Mony's frank, likable voice, the girls' constant peril and a compelling discussion of racial equality, the flimsy characterizations of the supporting cast weaken the underlying drama. The oppressive Southern small-town community so well drawn in the first chapters dwindles by novel's end. What readers will most remember is the love between the two sisters. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-A story set in Georgia during World War II. With her mother having been killed during a tornado, and her father dying months later from the charge of an angry bull, Mony and her baby sister Keely Faye are more dependent than ever on their older half-sister Georgie. Hoping to secure more money for the family and later to further her dreams of a New York fashion career, 16-year-old Georgie borrows money from the bank to buy the town's only dress shop and to enable Mony to keep the family farm going. Hatching a plot to gain custody of adorable Keely Faye, the banker's childless wife, Magnolia Hewitt, forces all the businesses to deny credit to the sisters and even pushes toward early foreclosure on the farm, which Mony's family has proudly held for generations. Working for the once-hated Yankee Dr. Fellowes, Mony learns that her beloved Georgie was actually adopted and receives encouragement to hunt for the rumored family treasure. The plot charts amazing twists, some of the denouement is a bit forced, and the characterization of the hateful Hewitt seems thin, but Mony's tough, insightful, and occasionally deadpan ironic narration makes the story a pleasure. Messages about racial tolerance and what families should be are good ones, and readers will relate to the tenacious sisters.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.