The Sister Split

Delacorte. Mar. 2023. 256p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593568682.
Gr 5 Up–At the end of sixth grade, Autumn is looking forward to spending the summer with her best friend Saskia visiting all the best pizza and ice cream places in New York City. But she soon finds out that her mom is engaged to the man she has been dating and plans to get married. If that isn’t bad enough, Autumn and her brother George, who is leaving for college soon, will be moving to the suburbs of Connecticut to live with her mom’s fiancé Harrison (or “Harristinks” as she refers to him) and his daughter Linnea. In the vein of The Parent Trap, Autumn and Linnea try to sabotage date nights, moving day, and wedding planning to break their parents up so that Autumn can get back to her regular life. Autumn struggles with the move as she balances her mom not having as much time for her while spending all her time wedding planning, sharing her life (and mom) with a new stepsister, and realizing that she feelings she has for her best friend might be more than just friendly. This heartwarming story explores the challenges of growing up and identity while also adapting to new surroundings and rediscovering the meaning of family. Main characters are cued as white.
VERDICT This story of blended families with LGBTQIA+ themes will be popular with realistic fiction readers.

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