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Title:
The rule of three
Author:
McDonald, Megan.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
234 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Summary:
In Acton, Oregon, sisters Alex, Stevie, and Joey take turns telling about their lives, including auditioning for the same part in the school musical, baking contest-worthy cupcakes, and becoming obsessed with "Little Women."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.8 4.0 131925.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 7 Quiz: 47811.
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ISBN:
9780763641535
Format :
Book

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The play's the thing when sibling rivalry takes center stage in a funny, spot-on, all-new Sisters Club story by the inimitable creator of Judy Moody. (Ages 8-11)

Alex has always been the Actor-with-a-capital-A in the Reel family, and middle-sister Stevie has always been content behind the scenes. But when the school play turns out to be a musical, Stevie (the natural-born singer of the family), decides that she may just be tired of being the Sensible One. Maybe, for once, she'd like to be the one in the spotlight! Alex isn't so keen on vying for the same role as her younger sister, however, and soon the dueling divas -- with little sister Joey egging them on -- are engaged in a fierce competition to find out who's got what it takes to play the Princess. Has Stevie broken the rules by going for what she wants -- or will it be Alex who hands down the biggest betrayal of all?


Author Notes

Megan McDonald was born February 28, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in the 1960s the youngest of five girls - which later became the inspiration of the Sister's Club. She attended Oberlin College and received a B.A. in English, then she went on to receive a Library Science degree at Pittsburgh University in 1986. Before becoming a full-time writer, McDonald had a variety of jobs working in libraries, bookstores, museums, and even as a park ranger.She was children's librarian, working at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Library and Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has received various awards for her storytelling including a Judy Blume Contemporary Fiction Award, a Children's Choice Book award, and a Keystone State Award among others. McDonald has also written many picture books for younger children and continues to write. Her most recent work was the "Julie Albright" series of books for the American public. She currently resides in Sebastopol, California with her husband and pets.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Stevie, her older sister Alex, and younger sister Joey believe that things are better when they come in threes. When Stevie and Alex audition for the lead in the school musical "Once Upon a Mattress," their competition complicates life for all three sisters. Alex, an actress with a passion for all things Shakespeare, may unwittingly have ruined her sister's chance at the lead role. Stevie, who sings like no one else, will enjoy the music but not the acting. Her baking reflects her feelings ("Don't-Bug-Me-I'm Baking" cupcakes or the "I-Burnt-My-Sister's-Hair-and-Feel-Bad" cupcakes) and saves her mother's television show. When Joey can pull herself away from her beloved Little Women, she devises a princess test with many small things to put under Alex's and Stevie's mattresses. Alex plays the lead but has to cut her damaged hair, and Joey gives her ponytail to Locks of Love. Stevie cuts her hair short too, so all ends well. Megan McDonald's second book (Candlewick, 2009) in the series features Stevie as the principal narrator, while Alex's scripts and Joey's lists give a quirky dimension to their ups and downs. Suzy Jackson, Michal Friedman, and Jessica Almasy voice the sisters, making them believable girls with tons of talent and even more heart. Fans of Jeanne Birdsall's Penderwicks series will find much to enjoy in the girls' relationships with each other and their humorous efforts to find their own places in their world.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.