"ME, MY SISTER, AND I" by Mary E. Ryan


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Fresh from My Sister Is Driving Me Crazy (1991), eighth-grader MaRie relates the further ordeals of life with twin sister Pru. The girls' once-identical paths take markedly different twists as Pru gets more involved as tambourine player for the rock hand Paramedics, while Mattie experiences the awakening of political conscience: she hopes to help her mother's friend Minerva Hightower get elected to city council over slickster Harvey Jenkins, who is using every big-money, down-and-dirty trick in the book. Realistically, he wins; also realistically, Mattie's political concerns don't overshadow her worries about which boy--handsome Cam or brainy Nelson--to ask to the Sadie Hawkins dance. Though this subplot does lapse into sitcom-style high-jinks and absurd jocularity, the twins remain the refreshingly distinct individuals they were in the first book, while the rest of this funny, well-paced novel offers mature insights into the unfolding of civic duty and social responsibility against a vivid backdrop of local politics.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1992
Page count: 166pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster