This middle grade graphic memoir by Charise Mericle Harper, featuring illustrations by Rory Lucey, follows a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”
She’s energetic, helpful, a model pet owner and full of inventions.
But she’s also a bad sister. When she goes too far and breaks little brother Daniel’s tooth, can she redeem herself? Is an accident really an accident if you could have stopped it?
But most importantly... What does it mean to be a good sister?
Rory Lucey is the author-illustrator of the forthcoming graphic novel “SCRAM: The Society of Creatures Real and Magical.” His also illustrated "Bad Sister" from First Second Books, as well as wrote and illustrated "Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo" from Titan Books. His work has been featured by The New York Times, Nerdist, Gizmodo, Collider, Martha Stewart Weddings, and more.
Born in London and raised throughout the Midwest, he holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from Washington University and an M.A. in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two cats.
A Junior Library Guild selection
"Cathartic proof that childhood provides lessons for a lifetime and that change is possible." —Kirkus, starred review
"Harper makes it clear that despite the angst, Charise and Daniel have an unbreakable bond, and she deftly conveys the sibling dynamic: One minute the two are squabbling, the next they’re secretly finding a way to communicate through the walls after bedtime." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Raw emotions of guilt, shame, and jealousy are explored, as young Charise interrogates the power dynamics of big sisterhood and recognizes Daniel’s strengths."—Book Horn Magazine, starred review
"[...] The story takes a resonant dive into the insular world of children, especially siblings." —Publishers Weekly