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Family for sale
Clifford, Eth, 1915-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
When their mother goes away for two weeks, five siblings take turns being in charge.
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.9 2.0 17297.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 4 Quiz: 03787.
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FICTION Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
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The youngest of five siblings, Sherm is tired of always being picked on and bossed around. With Mother away for two weeks, things get worse than ever. But enough is enough, and Sherm finally makes a declaration of independence that the whole family takes seriously.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. The issues of responsibility, democracy, and justice are explored in this humorous look at the family life of four siblings left in the care of their 17-year-old sister for two weeks. The trouble begins when "Tillie the Terrible Tyrant" announces, "There won't be any junk food while I'm in charge" and lifts the cover off a tray of healthful salads. After a lengthy discussion about fairness and democracy, Grandpa Marsh, who is visiting, suggests that everyone should take a turn being in charge in order to "learn what it is to be responsible for a family's needs and wants." Readers, particularly those with older siblings, will identify with 8-year-old Sherm, who takes the brunt of abuse from the various rulers and ultimately teaches them all a lesson. A wise and warm tale, short enough to lure reluctant readers as well as children looking for beginning chapter books. (Reviewed Feb. 1, 1996)0395735718Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6‘While their mother is taking a much-needed respite from her demanding life as a daytime waitress and nighttime student, the Evers kids are fending for themselves. Libby, 17, (a.k.a. the Terrible Tyrant), has been left in charge of her four siblings, but faces insurrection at her every command. A benevolent grandfather, who lives in the family's garage apartment, watches but does not interfere. Eight-year-old Sherm is at the low end of the pecking order and must endure the others' scorn and bossy behavior. He finally rebels when his one true friend, his dog, is ordered out of the house. The two retreat and hide under the front porch. To the boy's surprise, his siblings are concerned about his disappearance and about his attitude toward them. As a result, they decide to cooperate without bickering and to respect Sherm's "declaration of independence." This realistic contemporary story tackles such tough issues as self-confidence, scheduling difficulties, and family loyalty. It has believable dialogue and an engaging cast of characters. Readers will appreciate Sherm's struggles and Grandpa's hands-off policy, which allows the kids to solve their own problems and to express their individual attitudes. Enjoyable contemporary fiction.‘Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.