[LMB] KC - Bluebell and Lily

Katherine Collett kcollett at hamilton.edu
Sat Dec 7 03:36:41 GMT 2019

On Aug 8, 2019, at 1:19 PM, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:
> Someone rec a book where brothers treat their sisters well, I need an
> antidote.

I put this aside to ponder, and just came across it again.  A number of children's/young adult books have siblings treating each other well, at least most of the time, if not always.  A lovely recent series in which this is the case is the Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall -- five books following the Penderwick siblings as they grow (first just sisters but eventually there is a brother).  That series is reminiscent of an older one, Elizabeth Enright's books starting with The Saturdays, then Four-Story Mistake -- actually, most of Enright's books fit the criteria.  Other children's books with helpful siblings include a lot of old favorites (and some new ones): C.S. Lewis's Narnia books; Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series; John Verney's Friday's Tunnel, etc.; Antonia Forest's series about the Marlow family; Hilary Mckay's Saffy's Angel, etc.; Diana Wynne Jones's Dark Lord of Derkhelm and Year of the Griffin, at least.  Some that are more young adult/adult: definitely Patricia Briggs' Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood, oh, and Pamela Dean's Secret Country trilogy, which everyone ought to read in any case.  Oh, and how about Wen Spencer's A Brother's Price?  And maybe her Black Wolves of Boston, though the sibling relationship is a small part.  Patricia Wrede's Thirteenth Child.

Anyway, those are the ones that come to mind.


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