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Praise for Then I Met My Sister:

Kirkus Reviews: "Sensitive ... engaging ... absorbing."

School Library Journal: "Intriguing enough to read in one sitting."

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Talia Talk

Starting middle school is tough, but when Talia gets stuck in a tug-of-war that tears her usually happy foursome of friends into two warring factions, things only get worse. Initially paired with her best friend Bridget, who has a tendency to be brash and bossy, Talia finds herself questioning her identity and facing difficult decisions. Raising this text above a simple middle-school-friendship drama is Talia's role in her school's "Oddcast," which is a short daily news show aired internally at school and made available as a podcast online. Like her mother on the local morning TV show, Talia reports on middle school issues with a simple honesty that resonates with her classmates and helps her find her own true voice. With friendship at its core and an eye on the latest teen tech phenomena, this text is spunky and fun. -- Kirkus

Author Christine Hurley Deriso does a great job capturing the woes of middle school with a new twist. There are some great moments that will keep readers laughing and that connect the reader to the characters in the book. One of Talia's columns talks about how dorky her mom can be when she acts as a school volunteer wearing holiday sweaters using old slang and getting kids' names wrong. Almost every kid can identify with that. TALIA TALK is a fresh, funny book that both kids and parents will relate to. Kids may even learn a few lessons in the process. -- Common Sense Media

This breezy read touches on some important topics, from friendship and
fitting in to dealing with loss and coping with change. However, it is the
relationship between mother and daughter--at times tense but always
loving--that give the book its heart and makes it a good choice for
mother/daughter book clubs. – School Library Journal

Christine Hurley Deriso's books bring the world of middle school to life
with humor and insight. Becca Battoe's Talia (in the audio version of TALIA
TALK) is clever, hip and appealing as she finds her voice and her place in
the challenging world of middle school. She has just the rhythm and cadence
of a middle school girl overflowing with doubts and confidence at the same
time. -- AudioFile

The Right-Under Club

"In The Right-Under Club, the themes of friendship and resilience shine through in the girls' weekly tree house meetings as they openly discuss and work through the problems they face." – Atlanta Parent Magazine, which included The Right-Under Club in its 2007 list of 50 Must-Read Books

Summertime finds a strange combination of five middle-schoolers high up in a leafy tree house in their newly formed support group, the "R.U. Club," where the secret is what "R.U." means and what they do in the club. They could not be more unlike one another and yet each deeply understands what it is like to live in a new family because of death or divorce. They feel like leftovers, "even though we're right under their noses." Each one takes a turn to describe her concern or worry. Anonymously, in written suggestions and then in group brainstorming sessions, they discuss solutions. Then as the girls put their trust in collective wisdom and thoughtfully apply effort and action through careful heartfelt adherence to club rules, camaraderie develops. Mounting interest in the characters and their adjustments to family life builds to a too-sweet conclusion, which could be redressed in a sequel, yet five genuine multifaceted characters together with their families make a large cast of characters which Deriso handles adeptly. An interesting group that begs for a sequel. --Kirkus


Okay, I was a step child and I already feel like I know the girls in this book: 'On an ordinary summer day, five girls realize that although they're right under their parents' noses, their complex family lives make them feel like leftover meat loaf.' I'm there, no need to read any further." – chasingray.com

Then I Met My Sister