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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

14 Dec

Bibliography:

Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants [Audiobook]. Books of Tape, 2001. 6 hrs (6 discs). ISBN 978-0-8072-1161-8

Plot Summary:

Four high school sophomore best friends, since birth, Lena Kaligaris, Tabitha (Tibby) Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell, are each going to be going their separate ways for summer but still want to be able to stay in touch. While Carmen is out shopping one day she find a pair of old jeans. They all try on the jeans and even though they are all four different body shapes and sizes, somehow the jeans magically fit all four of them. They use the ‘traveling jeans’ as a way to stay in tough with each other while separated. Lena spends time with her grandparents in Greece and meets Kostos, and they take an interest in each other. Tibby is spending her time working at a department store and planning on making a documentary of her experiences there. Then she meets a 12 year old girl, Bailey. Carmen goes to South Caroline to spend time with her father and learns that he is engaged. And Bridget goes to soccer camp and meets Eric, one of the coaches there. She starts to like him a little a lot. As they play out their summers separately they send the pants to one another and recant their experiences while wearing them.

Critical Evaluation:

This audiobook is a wonderful story of four best friends who are looking to find themselves individually, but also remain best friends. Somehow a pair of pants that miraculously fits all of them, even though their bodies are quite different from one another, is able to keep these best friends close when they are far apart. They each branch out from themselves and develop into stronger individual characters. Lena becomes less shy, Tibby finds a new friend who she sadly loses, Carmen comes to understand her father and accepts his choices, and Bridget is able to understand that she can’t pursue just any guy she wants. Individuality is an important thing to remember, you should always seek out you individuality, but that does not mean that you cannot find similarities among your friends and hold on to them so that you can find some common ground among  your friends. This is a beautifully written novel that will will touch the hearts of young adult girls.

Reader’s Annotation:

Four teenage girls, four destinations, one pair of jeans. Somehow the jeans fit them all.

Author:

Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She has three brothers. She went to a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor and was hoping to save money for school. She was going to continue studying philosophy but loved her job, so she never went to graduate school. She stayed in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Genre:

Realistic Fiction

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

Four best friends and pair of jeans.

Reading Level/Interest Level:

YA/YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this book:

I notices this book on one of the genre presentations and thought I would check it out.

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog

 

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