- Caroline Parr
Thanks for your request for a book match. If you're looking for a good series, here are some I'd recommend:
The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model who does everything right; and when placed in homely Mrs. Plotkins's class she is greatly disappointed until she discovers it's what people are inside that counts. This is the first in a great series of books. Be aware, though, that
the author writes about Alice as she goes to high school, and is now going back and writing about her early years, so some books may be too old for you and some too young!
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. Beezus' biggest problem was her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knew sisters were supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seemed impossible. Even though Ramona is only four in this book, older kids love to read about her, and there are lots more books about her as she grows up.
A Girl Called Al by Constance C. Greene.
A seventh-grade girl, her slightly fat girl friend, Al, and the assistant superintendent of their apartment building form a mutually needed friendship with the usual--and a few unusual--joys and sorrows. There are two more books in the series.
Ruthie's Gift by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
Just before the beginning of World War I, eight-year-old Ruthie, who lives with her parents and six brothers on a farm in Indiana, wishes for a sister and tries to behave like the lady her mother wants her to be. The sequel is One-of-a-Kind Mallie: Living in Indiana during World War I, ten-year-old Mallie longs to be seen as different from her identical twin and finds an example of individuality in the gypsies who moved into her community.
The All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.
Caroline S. Parr