Audience: Everyone, Younger Teens
Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working on her Web site, The Baby-sitters Club is busy with their new summer play group. But when something terrible happens to their grandmother, Mimi, the two sisters discover they're more alike than they originally thought.
This was a great interpretation of the beloved series by Ann M. Martin. She understands the sister dynamic well. These girls are opposites and have to learn to understand each other better. When Mimi has health problems, it gives them an opportunity to do that. Also, Kristy and Dawn need to find a way to become friends - which is a challenge, because Kristy is a little jealous of Dawn and Mary Anne’s friendship. In the edition that I read, it had an explanation of how graphic novels are made. I have always wondered where authors start, and it did a great job of breaking the process down. The one thing that I didn’t understand was why the book said that inking was Raina Telgemeier’s favorite part of making the book when my book wasn’t in color. (I think inking would be my favorite part, too.)