Marty can’t decide what the worst thing is about her sister Melissa. Is it that she snores? Or that she tells tales? Or that she laughs at Marty’s games? Marty is a tomboy and likes nothing better than drawing comics of her alter ego superhero Mighty Mart. She has an amazing imagination and makes up lots of stories with her toy animals. Melissa is completely different – pink, sparkly and girly. She’s obsessed with make-up, high heels and Justin Bieber. How will messy Marty and super-organised Melissa cope when they are forced to share a room? And will they ever get along with each other?
A good story of the relationship between two sisters, with some tender moments to balance out all the fighting! Like most sisters, beneath all the arguments they really do love each other. The book seemed to end quite abruptly, leaving a few ideas (such as Marty’s interest in dancing) undeveloped. However, this is a book that Wilson fans (particularly ones who have sisters) will enjoy. The hardback edition includes extracts from some of Jacqueline Wilson’s other ‘sister stories’ Double Act and My Sister Jodie, as well as a reading guide and a quiz.
Reviewed for Inis Magazine – www.inismagazine.ie
Age Group: 8-12
If you like this: Some of my favourite books are sister stories. I love ‘Ballet Shoes’ by Noel Streatfield, ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott and (for readers around 14 upwards) ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen.
My favourite Jacqueline Wilson book is ‘The Lottie Project’, I love how she mixes the two stories, past and present.
What’s your favourite Jacqueline Wilson book? And why?