Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs (Hardcover)

Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs By Kathleen Krull, Maple Lam (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, Maple Lam (Illustrator)
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One minute you can't live without them . . . the next minute you don't want them breathing your air! Siblings everywhere will relate to this humorous look at famous brothers and sisters whose important bonds have shaped their accomplishments . . . (mostly) for the better.

They blame you when they get in trouble. They seem like your parents' favorite. They are the only enemy you can't live without. Almost everyone has a juicy story about their siblings--even famous people. Meet those who got along, those who didn't, and everyone in between!

  • Demi Lovato and her sister
  • Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams
  • Walt and Roy Disney
  • Princes William and Harry
  • Stephen Colbert and his eleven older siblings
  • Quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning
  • The Jacksons (Michael, Janet, and family)
  • Reality TV sensations, the Gosselins
  • Queen Elizabeth I and the queen who history remembers as Bloody Mary
  • Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker
  • John Wilkes Booth (the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln) and his brother Edwin
  • Vincent and Theo van Gogh
  • Airplane inventors, the Wright brothers
  • The Romanovs
  • The Kennedys

  • Oh, brother! This could get ugly. . . .

    About the Author

    Kathleen Krull is an award-winning author of a number of highly praised nonfiction books for children, including The Boy Who Invented TV and the Lives Of series. She lives in San Diego. For more, visit her on Facebook or at

    Maple Lam is a children's book author and illustrator. She loves creating characters and constructing worlds around them. In her spare time, she loves reading about history. She lives in Los Angeles. For more, visit her at

    Praise For…

    "Readers with siblings will relate to these stories of brothers and sisters who got along and who didn't, and only children may feel relieved to be alone." —Kirkus

    "Elementary- and middle-school readers will likely get a kick out of the relatable angle." —Booklist

    "Perfect for those who loved Georgia Bragg’s How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous and a great companion for National Sibling Day (April 10) lessons or as a read-aloud." —School Library Journal

    "Krull’s wry asides and droll observations make for a light and lively narrative, as do Lam’s loose caricatures." —Publishers Weekly

    “Suitable for browsing, classroom readalouds, or cover-to-cover immersion, this will confirm attitudes among siblings and leave “onlies” with a sense of envy—or relief.” –The Bulletin

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780399551246
    ISBN-10: 0399551247
    Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
    Pages: 240
    Language: English