Kaeli Baker is the author of Sylvie the Second, a story of identity, family, friendships both good and bad, and choices that can affect the rest of your life. It is a stand-out debut YA novel from a wonderful new local author. You can read my review here on the blog.
Today I’m joined by Kaeli as part of her blog tour for Sylive the Second. Sisters play an important part in Sylvie the Second so I asked Kaeli if she could write a post about her Top 5 sisters in fiction. Read on to find out who they are.
My Top 5 Sisters in Fiction
The relationship between sisters, or even siblings in general, has always been a source of huge fascination for me. I’m an only child and the idea of growing up with someone close to my age, who shares DNA and bits and pieces of my parents – the same unruly hair, or the same crooked teeth – who sleeps in the room next door and argues over whose job it is to do the dishes, is so foreign to me.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise then, that I’ve always loved reading about sisters in fiction. Here are five of my favourites…
Kristy Thomas & Karen Brewer
The Babysitters Club Little Sister series, by Ann M. Martin
Kristy and Karen are stepsisters with a close and reliable bond. I had always wanted a big sister, and it interested me that two people could become sisters without blood ties. Karen admires Kristy and wants to be just like her. Kristy is the pinnacle of big sisterhood, providing help and advice to Karen when she needs it.
Pat & Isabel O’Sullivan
The St Clare’s Series, by Enid Blyton
Identical twins at a boarding school in England! My kid brain went wild over Pat and Isabel and the antics at St Clare’s. Their adventures kept me endlessly entertained – everything from midnight feasts to sneaking out, to pretending to be each other and tricking the teachers, which is obviously the biggest benefit of having an identical twin.
Kate & Anna Fitzgerald
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
The complexity in this relationship is what I love most. The dilemma of being Anna – the girl born to save her sister, and Anna – a teenage girl with rights. The confusing tangle of love, duty and freedom. As you get further into the story it becomes clear that both girls are capable of selflessness, and care for each other deeply even when it’s messy.
Bellatrix LeStrange & Narcissa Malfoy
The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
Two sisters heavily involved in the world of dark arts. One evil to the core, one…maybe not so much. The relationship between Bellatrix and Narcissa is strong – they even call each other Bella and Cissy. United in the web of a complicated family with fierce loyalties, eventually they find that their devotions take them in different directions.
Judy Woolcot and her whole entire family
The Seven Little Australians series, by Ethel Turner
Judy Woolcot is my favourite sister of all time. I was obsessed with these books. I wanted Judy to be my sister.
‘She had a small, eager, freckled face, with very bright dark eyes, a small, determined mouth, and a mane of untidy, curly dark hair that was the trial of her life.
Without doubt she was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest.’
Mischievous Judy is close to all of her siblings. In the end it becomes clear just how much she is willing to give up for them.
That sums up my top five! Thanks so much to Zac for letting me share his space on the interweb, and I hope you enjoy Sylvie the Second.
Make sure you visit msblairrecommends.blogspot.co.nz tomorrow for the last stop on the Sylvie the Second Blog Tour.
Win a copy of Sylvie the Second!
Thanks to Makaro Press I have a copy of Sylvie the Second to give away.
To get in the draw for a copy of Sylvie the Second by Kaeli Baker simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Sylvie the Second,’ along with your name and address.
Competition closes Wednesday 23 March (NZ only).