Brashares, Ann. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Dell Books for Young Readers , 2005.
The pants were magic–worn, thrift-shop jeans that made each of the four best friends look absolutely fabulous. Obviously they were life-changing pants. Thus the plan: route them to each of the four at their various summer destinations, with appropriate rules attached, of course, and watch wonderful things happen. Only they don’t. Carmen’s dad still remarries; Lena’s trip to Greece to visit her grandparents is still marred by a terrible misunderstanding with a gorgeous Greek teen; Bridget still does dumb things at a Baja California soccer camp; and Tibby must work at Wallman’s. The pants are just pants, and life is just life, full of joys, sorrows, living, and dying. This is the charm of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby are growing to adulthood, and Brashares accurately portrays one glorious, painful summer in their evolution. Young teens will identify with one, or even all four, of these interesting, funny young women, and they’ll be on the lookout for their own pair of traveling pants. — Frances Bradburn (Booklist)
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– Grades 6-9
– Related Book: Hopkins, Cathy. Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras. Simon Pulse, New York, 2003. Both books deal with relationships of teenage girls and how their friendships with their girl friends help them to understand the world around them and help them through difficult times with boys, family, and other conflicts.
– Source for Related book: Booklist.