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Alison Doherty

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Alison Doherty is a writing teacher and part time assistant professor living in Brooklyn, New York. She has an MFA from The New School in writing for children and teenagers. She loves writing about books on the Internet, listening to audiobooks on the subway, and reading anything with a twisty plot or a happily ever after.

I was only eighteen-months-old when my little sister was born. I literally cannot remember a world where I didn’t have a sister. Having and being a sister has been my most important relationship to date. It’s probably not a surprise that I love sister books. Growing they were always my favorite. I read Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild, so many times the cover eventually fell off. My sister and I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books so much we’d imagine our bunk beds were a covered wagon to reenact Laura and Mary’s journey West.  On this list you’ll see a few of my childhood favorites mixed in with books that range from classics to contemporary novels and fantasy to nonfiction. What they all have in common is interesting sister relationships. Please let me know which ones you love and what books I missed and should have added to the list!

  1. Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  4. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  5. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  6. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  9. Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
  10. The Brontës by Juliet Barker*
  11. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  12. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  13. The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley
  14. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  15. The Dark Queen Saga by Susan Carroll
  16. Wise Children by Angela Carter
  17. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
  18. Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
  19. Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
  20. The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie
  21. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  22. One by Sarah Crossan
  23. The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
  24. Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin
  25. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
  26. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  28. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  29. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  30. Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron*
  31. Like Water for Chocolate by Laurel Esquivel
  32. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  33. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  34. I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass
  35. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  36. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  37. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  38. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  39. Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
  40. Positively 4th Street by David Hajdu*
  41. Frederica by Georgette Heyer
  42. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  43. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  44. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  45. Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James
  46. The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins by Dean Jensen*
  47. The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
  48. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  49. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  50. Watermelon by Marian Keyes
  51. The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  52. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  53. Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
  54. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  55. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell*
  56. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
  57. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
  58. Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  59. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  60. The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
  61. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  62. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
  63. Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by Alice Munro
  64. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  65. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  66. Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
  67. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
  68. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
  69. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  70. Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar
  71. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  72. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport*
  73. Three Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts
  74. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  75. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  76. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn
  77. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  78. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  79. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  80. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  81. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  82. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  83. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  84. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  85. All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  86. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  87. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  88. The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
  89. This Side of Home by Renée Watson
  90. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
  91. The Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton
  92. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  93. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  94. Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
  95. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  96. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig
  97. Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
  98. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
  99. The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
  100. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang