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SASSY by Sharon M. Draper


Little Sister Is Not My Name!

by Sharon M. Draper

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-07151-2
Publisher: Scholastic

Nine-year-old Sassy, the youngest child in an active, warm family, wants to be taken seriously. Teasing seventh-grade brother Sabin and sophisticated 16-year-old sister Sadora get to be called their given names, but Sassy is called Little Sister most of the time. Her loving African-American family gets so busy that they sometimes even forget she is there, despite her fancy clothes and unique style. But Sassy never forgets them. Whenever there is an emergency, Sassy is there with her Sassy Sack, full of just what is needed, from lip gloss to glue to a flashlight. Sassy might be small, but she is the right size to save the day just when her family needs her most. While her first-person voice sometimes slips from a genuine-sounding fourth grader to that of an adult, Sassy’s story of family, school and one special grandmother is a sweet one. Newly independent readers, especially little girls who love fashion, will identify with Sassy and will look forward to more stories about her life and family. (Fiction. 7-10)