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Sisters Eight #01: Sisters Eight Book 1: Annie's Adventures

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ISBN13: 9780547053387
ISBN10: 054705338x
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Prologue

The story always begins the same.

Once upon a time, there were eight sisters who would all one day be eight years old. At the same time. They were octuplets, you see.

Their names were Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia. They were each born a minute apart on August 8, 2000. All eight had brown hair and brown eyes. And although they were all the same exact age, give or take a few minutes, each was one inch taller than the next, with Zinnia being the shortest and Annie the tallest. And their story always begins the same, so: Please stop reading if you have read about the Sisters Eight before, and go directly to chapter one.

Please keep reading if you have not read about the Sisters Eight before.

Please keep reading if you have read about the Sisters Eight before but your memory is lousy.

Please keep reading if you have read about the Sisters Eight before but you simply like the writing here and want to read this part over and over again.

Eight girls in one story, or one series of stories. This is bad news for boys, who may suspect that there are no snails or puppy dogs tails in this book. However, there might be snails and puppy dogs tails, but the only way you will ever know this is to read further. Remember: girls can be just as grubby as boys—you just have to give them half a chance.

The family name of the Sisters Eight was Huit, which is French for eight and pronounced like “wheat,” as in cream of, which I hope you never have to eat. On New Years Eve 2007, as you shall soon see, their parents disappeared, or died, one of the two—this was a fine holiday present for the sisters, let me tell you. Parents disappeared, presumed dead, actually dead—parents dont fare very well in childrens stories these days, Im afraid. Best to be a child and not a parent, then.

The Sisters Eight lived in a magnificent stone house, which you will see more of very soon. It could practically have been a castle. It was therefore not the kind of house you would want to leave under any circumstances, certainly not after your parents had disappeared. Or died. You would not want to be taken away from your sisters, separated. And so they had to endeavor—as you would no doubt do too—to hang on to their home and to one another, keeping the truth away from the prying eyes of adults, who would surely split them all up like so many stalks of wheat cast upon the wind. Not an easy task—sticking together with loved ones—when you are seven, soon to be eight.

And where was this magnificent stone house? Why, it might have been anywhere in the world—even right next door to you—so why quibble? However, if there were octuplets in your class at school, you would probably have noticed by now, so perhaps thats not the case.

One thing was for sure: there were undoubtedly many cats in this almost castle, cats who would also have been taken away if word got out that the parents of the Sisters Eight had disappeared. Or died.

As we approach the beginning of our first adventure, it is that fateful New Years Eve 2007 and the girls are about to discover the disappearance of their parents—odd, the idea of discovering that which has disappeared—as well as a note hidden behind a loose stone in the wall of the drawing room of their magnificent home. The note reads:

Dear Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia,

This may come as rather a shock to you, but it appears you each possess a power and a gift. The powers you already have—you merely dont know you have them yet. The gifts are from your parents, and these you must also discover for yourselves. In fact, you must each discover both your power and your gift in order to reveal what happened to your parents. Have you got all that?

The note is unsigned.

And what has happened to their parents? Well, we dont know that yet, do we? If we did, then this would be the end of our story, not the beginning . . .

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kfierce, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by kfierce)
Both my daughters (and I)love this new series starring eight eight-year-old sisters, mystery, adventure, and a huge dose of humor. The Huit sisters live in an unusual house, shared with eight unusual cats. In the way of multiples, the sisters find ways to distinguish themselves from one another, and Baratz-Logsted has done a brilliant job of imagining the conflicts and the joys of sisterhood. The set-up allows for each sister to discover a new and unexpected capacity within herself.

And it's so fun! I read these aloud and we hurt ourselves laughing. With eight personalities and new skills, every child will find someone to identify with. Unlike such creations as The Spice Girls, girl power here is found in accomplishment, not in looks.

Without saying a word, Baratz-Logsted also does an amazing job of defying gender norms and invoking feminism.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547053387
Author:
Baratz Logsted, Laur
Publisher:
Sandpiper Paperbacks
With:
Logsted, Greg
Illustrator:
Weber, Lisa K.
Author:
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Abandoned children
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Readers - Chapter Books
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Sisters Eight
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 1 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full Color Illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in
Age Level:
06-10

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Product details 144 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780547053387 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Mystery, adventure, and magic are featured in a brand-new series starring octuplets. In "Annie's Adventures," the girls' parents go missing, and the girls learn that each of them has a power and gift. Annie, being the oldest, is the first to discover hers. Illustrations.
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Finally! Zinnias turn has arrived. The poor girl has been waiting for her turn quite long enough. Really, it would be cruel to make her wait any longer. What will her power and her gift be? Will either of them prove to be as much of a doozy as she has been hoping for? Theres only one way to find out: let her story begin. Its finally Zinnia Time!

"Synopsis" by ,
Rebeccas the tough one, always chastising the other Eights for not bucking up when trouble arises. But how will she fare when its her turn to face her power? What kids are saying about the Sisters Eight:

     “The Sisters 8 is really suspenseful and funny. I cant wait for the next one!”  Indrani, age 10

     “I love the Sisters 8 series because I love mysteries. My cousins, friends, and my sister and I like to play the Sisters 8 and we are each a different sister. I also like that the sisters are 8 years old like me.”  Claire, 8 years old

     “I like it! My favorite part [in Annies Adventures] is when they go to the toy store.”  Ian Richardson, age 6

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