Bad Sister (Paperback)

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Bad Sister (Paperback)


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This middle grade graphic memoir by Charise Mericle Harper, featuring illustrations by Rory Lucey, follows a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”

Meet Charise.

She’s energetic, helpful, a model pet owner and full of inventions.

But she’s also a bad sister. When she goes too far and breaks little brother Daniel’s tooth, can she redeem herself? Is an accident really an accident if you could have stopped it?

But most importantly... What does it mean to be a good sister?

Charise Mericle Harper has written more than fifty books for children, not that she counted, but once when she was at school visit a kid put his hand up and said, “you wrote fifty-four books. I counted them on Amazon”. These books include chapter books, graphic novels, picture books and early readers, including the Crafty Cat, Fashion Kitty, and Just Grace series, and The Good For Nothing Button. Charise also wrote and illustrated the weekly comic strip Eye Spy. Charise is excited and slightly nervous to share Bad Sister with the world. It’s not easy to admit you were bad, even if now you are very, very good.

Rory Lucey is the author-illustrator of the forthcoming graphic novel “SCRAM: The Society of Creatures Real and Magical.” His also illustrated "Bad Sister" from First Second Books, as well as wrote and illustrated "Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo" from Titan Books. His work has been featured by The New York Times, Nerdist, Gizmodo, Collider, Martha Stewart Weddings, and more.

Born in London and raised throughout the Midwest, he holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from Washington University and an M.A. in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two cats.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250219053
ISBN-10: 1250219051
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English

A Junior Library Guild selection

"Cathartic proof that childhood provides lessons for a lifetime and that change is possible." —Kirkus, starred review

"Harper makes it clear that despite the angst, Charise and Daniel have an unbreakable bond, and she deftly conveys the sibling dynamic: One minute the two are squabbling, the next they’re secretly finding a way to communicate through the walls after bedtime." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Raw emotions of guilt, shame, and jealousy are explored, as young Charise interrogates the power dynamics of big sisterhood and recognizes Daniel’s strengths."—Book Horn Magazine, starred review

"[...] The story takes a resonant dive into the insular world of children, especially siblings." —Publishers Weekly