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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 dogsand#8217; tails in this book. However, there might be snails and puppy dogsand#8217; tails, but the only way you will ever know this is to read further. Remember: girls can be just as grubby as boysand#151;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 and#147;wheat,and#8221; as in cream of, which I hope you never have to eat. On New Yearand#8217;s Eve 2007, as you shall soon see, their parents disappeared, or died, one of the twoand#151;this was a fine holiday present for the sisters, let me tell you. Parents disappeared, presumed dead, actually deadand#151;parents donand#8217;t fare very well in childrenand#8217;s stories these days, Iand#8217;m 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 endeavorand#151;as you would no doubt do tooand#151;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 taskand#151;sticking together with loved onesand#151;when you are seven, soon to be eight.

And where was this magnificent stone house? Why, it might have been anywhere in the worldand#151;even right next door to youand#151;so why quibble? However, if there were octuplets in your class at school, you would probably have noticed by now, so perhaps thatand#8217;s 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 Yearand#8217;s Eve 2007 and the girls are about to discover the disappearance of their parentsand#151;odd, the idea of discovering that which has disappearedand#151;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 haveand#151;you merely donand#8217;t 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 donand#8217;t 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:
HMH Books for Young Readers
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:
7
Publication Date:
20120807
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 1 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in
Age Level:
06-10

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"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.
"Synopsis" by , The penultimate episode in the Sisters Eight saga!

Finally! Zinniaand#8217;s turn has arrived. The poor girl has been waiting for her time in the spotlight 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? Thereand#8217;s only one way to find out: Let her story begin. Itand#8217;s finally Zinnia Time!

"Synopsis" by ,
The ninth volume and dramatic conclusion of the magical series The Sisters Eightand#160;about octuplet girls who are off on an adventure to rescue Mommy and Daddy!
"Synopsis" by , It's the final book! Each of the Eights has received her power and gift and they even know where Daddy isand#8212;inside a snowglobe-shaped Christmas tree ornament. Now all they have to do is get inside the ornament and rescue Daddy. Hopefully, Mommy's in there with him.

For heaven's sake, how are they supposed to shrink all of them (plus the cats!) down to a size small enough to fit in the globe and then actually get inside it? Of course, through magic or just shear will powerand#8212;who really knows whichand#8212;the girls have done quite a few things that, to be honest, they really shouldn't have been able to do. But this seems like asking too much even for these intelligent and talented girls.

But the Eights are also a very determined group. Now that they know where Daddy is, they willand#8212;and they doand#8212;find a way to him. But they never would have guessed what else awaits them inside the snowglobe.

"Synopsis" by ,
Rebeccaand#8217;s the tough one, always chastising the other Eights for not bucking up when trouble arises. But how will she fare when itand#8217;s her turn to face her power? What kids are saying about the Sisters Eight:

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;The Sisters 8 is really suspenseful and funny. I canand#8217;t wait for the next one!and#8221;and#160; and#8212;Indrani, age 10

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;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.and#8221;and#160; and#8212;Claire, 8 years old

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;I like it! My favorite part [in Annieand#8217;s Adventures] is when they go to the toy store.and#8221;and#160; and#8212;Ian Richardson, age 6

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