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GIRLS IN PANTS by Ann Brashares


The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

by Ann Brashares

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 25th, 2005
ISBN: 0-385-72935-9
Publisher: Delacorte

Tilly, Carmen, Lena and Bee are graduating from high school and heading to college—Brown, RISD, NYU, and Williams. In the summer before college, before getting on with “their real lives,” the girls have the Pants to keep them connected as they go their separate ways. Brashares provides a prologue for those new to the saga, explaining the sisterhood and the magical powers of the Pants they share—one at a time, of course—during the summer. The Pants offer a kind of spiritual link between the girls, providing love, security and connectedness as they face various dramas with boys, parents, new siblings and uncertain futures. The theme of this volume is change, as the girls understand they are leaving one life behind, but in one way or another, each realizes that leaving home doesn’t mean giving up home or friends. Four intersecting story lines, snappy dialogue, empathy for characters and humor make this installment as enjoyable as the others. Legions of fans will enjoy spending another summer with the girls. (Fiction. 12+)