SAY YOU ARE MY SISTER by Laurel Brady

SAY YOU ARE MY SISTER

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Deep family love, secrets, and racial tension highlight this often suspenseful and touching, sometimes wordy drama set in Georgia during WWII, as two orphaned sisters and a baby try to survive. Even after the death of 12-year-old Mony’s mother in a tornado, all seems well until her father, too, is killed. Mony and her 16-year-old half-sister, Georgie, who dreams of becoming a dress designer, are left to survive with their infant sister, Keely Faye. Georgie takes out a mortgage on their farm to buy a dress shop. She makes it a success, but can’t compete with the machinations of the banker’s wife, Magnolia Hewitt, who wants Keely Faye. When Georgie refuses to give her the baby, Mr. Hewitt forbids local stores to offer the sisters credit, then calls in their mortgage. The sisters begin, literally, to starve, until a Yankee, Dr. Fellowes, sacrifices his own family heirlooms for them. The situation becomes more serious when Mony learns that Georgie is part “Negro,” and will be in danger if the bigoted townsfolk discover her secret. The soap-opera elements in the story will entice many young readers, although the climactic scene drags tediously on. Mony, with atrocious grammar that, oddly, the rest of her family does not share, comes across as feisty and charming. The suspense of the intrepid sisters’ struggle to survive could keep readers hooked, if they can overlook the melodrama. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 2000
ISBN: 0-06-028307-6
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2000