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Brothers and Sisters on the Go: An Adventure Dozen
Siblings. While they may fight together like cats and dogs, brothers and sisters can also be best friends and partners in adventure. This month's dozens offers and array of unusual sibling relationships: brothers and sisters exploring magic, tracking down criminals, and searching the Congo for dinosaurs.
Booth, Martin. Doctor Illuminatus. Little, 2004. Gr. 5-7
After moving into an English manor house, Pip and Tim discover that their new home is the site of an ongoing battle between two powerful and very long-lived fifteenth century alchemists. (BCCB 12/04)
Coman, Carolyn. The Big House. Front Street, 2004. Gr. 3-6
When their parents are sent to jail, Ivy and Ray are sent to live with their parents' elderly accusers, but the siblings are determined to find evidence that will reunite their family. (BCCB 10/04)
Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler. Cotler/HarperCollins, 2002. Gr. 4-7
At first, orphans Dallas and Florida Carter are suspicious of their new foster parents, but they soon find unexpected warmth and adventure with this older couple in rustic Ruby Holler. (BCCB 7/02)
Johnson, Kathleen Jeffrie. A Fast and Brutal Wing. Brodie/Roaring Brook, 2004. Gr. 7-12
Told through a multivocal mixture of conflicting reports, this suspenseful psychological drama challenges readers to unravel the truth about a brother and sister who are suspected of murder. (BCCB 12/04)
Kaaberbol, Lene. The Shamer's Signet. Holt, 2005. Gr. 6-9
In chapters alternating between the siblings' points of view, this fantasy follows the stories of Dina, kidnapped by the ruthless Valdracu, and her older brother Davin, who is determined to rescue her. (BCCB 5/05) Follows The Shamer's Daughter (BCCB 5/04) in The Shamer Chronicles .
Kerr, P.B. The Akhenaten Adventure. Orchard, 2004. Gr. 4-6
Twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John suddenly learn about their supernatural heritage and are whisked away by Uncle Nimrod to join an international rescue mission. (BCCB 1/05)
Llewellyn, Sam. Little Darlings. Razorbill, 2005. Gr. 4-6
Daisy, Cassian, and Primrose may look like angels, but they secretly plot sophisticated and villainous pranks, a pastime that become invaluable when they are inadvertently abducted by a band of burglars who are disguised as nannies. (BCCB 5/05)
Naidoo, Beverley. The Other Side of Truth. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr. 7-12
In this novel of global politics and Nigerian history, Sade and Femi flee from their country's repressive military regime only to become caught in the British child welfare system. Winner of the 2000 Carnegie Medal. (BCCB 9/01)
Neale, Jonathan. Lost at Sea. Houghton, 2002. Gr. 4-7
Orrie and her older brother Jack reluctantly join their mother and her boyfriend on a boating trip across the Atlantic, but the excursion turns deadly when a storm leaves the children to fend for themselves in this gripping survival story. (BCCB 5/02)
Sleator, William. The Last Universe. Amulet, 2005. Gr. 6-9
Susan resentfully cares for her wheelchair-bound older brother, but his health mysteriously improves when they discover the uncanny properties of a garden ruled by quantum mechanics. (BCCB 4/05)
Smith, Roland. Cryptid Hunters. Hyperion, 2005. Gr. 5-9
Thirteen-year-old twins Marty and Grace join their reclusive uncle Wolfe on a search for dinosaurs in the African jungles. (BCCB 1/05)
Vande Velde, Vivian. There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around. Harcourt, 1999. Gr. 4-7
After Ted realizes that his little sister Vicki is being visited by ghosts, his investigation leads him to an old diary, the history of the Underground Railroad, and new realizations about racism and injustice. (BCCB 10/99)
Whelan, Gloria. The Impossible Journey. HarperCollins, 2003.
This gripping historical fiction, set during the Russian Revolution, features two children's desperate thousand-mile trek to Siberia.
Youmans, Marly. Ingledove. Farrar, 2005. Gr. 7-10
In this historical fantasy, two siblings' journey across the eastern Tennessee hills is interrupted when Lang becomes dangerously ill and his younger sister Ingledove must find a cure. (BCCB 5/05)
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