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You … sibling!

Bill B. recommends My Invisible Sister by Beatrice Colin and Sara Pinto (New York: Bloomsbury, 2010), the tale of a nine-year-old boy named Frank who is, as nine-year-old boys often are, tormented by an older sister. Elizabeth is thirteen, which is bad enough, but she’s also invisible, which means that, as the cover says, “trouble is so much harder to handle when you can’t see it coming.” It doesn’t help that he thinks the parental units always take her side.

Unusually for a book dealing with this subject, My Invisible Sister does not relegate the young lady to the shadows: she goes to school every day, and apart from her lack of appearance, she is regarded as a fairly normal person. It helps that the genetic anomaly that caused her condition is merely rare, not unique. It’s a charming little book with something of a twist at the end, and if you’re about Frank’s age, you’ll probably enjoy it a lot.

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