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3 WILLOWS by Ann Brashares

3 WILLOWS

The Sisterhood Grows

By Ann Brashares

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-73676-3
Publisher: Delacorte

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has entered college. Now, three younger girls are about to take its place. Jo, Polly and Ama have been friends since childhood, but as high school approaches the three find themselves growing in separate directions. As in the first Traveling Pants book, the girls are spending their first summer apart. Academic Ama is hiking her way to school credit. Sensitive, quirky Polly is at home, saving her money so she can attend modeling school. Jo, newly popular, travels to her family's beach home and works her first summer job. The girls find that their physical distance brings them closer emotionally. A sweetly sentimental narrative combined with story lines of romance and parent drama ensures that like the previous Pants books, this one will travel from girl to girl. At times the characters are difficult to distinguish from one another, and the parallels between the girls’ friendship and the willow trees they planted as children go over the top, but that will not detract from the book’s popularity. (Fiction. YA)