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Children's Nonfiction Biography

Bad Sister

by (author) Charise Mericle Harper

illustrated by Rory Lucey

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Initial publish date
Jul 2021
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2021
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Meet Charise.
She’s energetic, helpful, a model pet owner and full of inventions.
But she’s also a bad sister. When she goes too far and breaks little brother Daniel’s tooth, can she redeem herself? Is an accident really an accident if you could have stopped it?
But most importantly... What does it mean to be agood sister?

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Charise Mericle Harper has written more than fifty books for children, including the Crafty Cat,Fashion Kitty, and Just Grace series, andThe Good For Nothing Button. Charise is excited and slightly nervous to shareBad Sister with the world. It’s not easy to admit you were bad, even if now you are very, very good.
Rory Lucey is an illustrator and art teacher. He is the author and illustrator ofJonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo and a contributor toAlien: 40 Years 40 Artists, both from Titan Books. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two cats.

Editorial Reviews

"[...] The story takes a resonant dive into the insular world of children, especially siblings." —Publishers Weekly
"Cathartic proof that childhood provides lessons for a lifetime and that change is possible." —Kirkus,starred review
"Harper makes it clear that despite the angst, Charise and Daniel have an unbreakable bond, and she deftly conveys the sibling dynamic: One minute the two are squabbling, the next they’re secretly finding a way to communicate through the walls after bedtime." —School Library Journal,starred review

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