Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By: Ann Brashares

       Hi everyone!  My name is Kelsey Lanphere and like many others who have posted to the blog, I am also a graduate student working on my Master’s degree in Literacy at Nazareth College.  I am currently certified to teach kindergarten through ninth grade, but my real love is teaching grades K-2.   When I heard that Ann Brashares was one of the authors who will be attending TBF in May, I knew that I had to tell other young adults about her books, specifically The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which was my favorite book when I was a young adult.
       I was first introduced to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants when I was in sixth or seventh grade and I was immediately hooked by the story of four best friends who are faced with spending their first summer apart from each other.  Due to the fact that Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget are practically inseparable during the school year, they are not sure how they are going to deal with spending two months apart from each other.  What would you do if you had to spend a whole summer apart from your closest friends?  As fate would have it, the girls unexpectedly stumble upon an old pair of jeans that proves to be the glue that keeps them together throughout their summer apart.   
       With Lena traveling to visit her grandparents in Greece, Bridget going to soccer camp in Mexico, Carmen going to visit her father in South Carolina, and Tibby stuck at home with her younger siblings in Bethesda, Maryland, it is not like the girls are simply a phone call away from each other.  To stay connected, the girls decide that they will send the pants back and forth to each other throughout their summer apart.  The pants then become appropriately nicknamed “the Traveling Pants” and together the girls establish a list of rules that they must follow while wearing the pants (one rule being that the pants can never be washed!). 
       Even though it is the Traveling pants that help keep the girls connected throughout their first summer apart, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants tells a much deeper story than just four friends who send a pair of jeans to each other for two months.  During this summer, each of the four best friends experience some of the best moments and some of the worst moments of their lives while wearing the pants.  It is the strength that the girls get from wearing the pants that allows them to face both the good and bad things that the summer has in store for them.
       Read this incredible story of friendship to find out how a simple pair of jeans helps give four girls the strength and encouragement that they need when they are not together.  The best part about this book is that it does not end after the first summer! There are three other books in this series that continue to tell the story of Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget and how their friendship is strengthened by the Traveling Pants.  If you end up loving The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as much as I did, I know that you will not be able to stop after reading the first book! 

Sisterhood Books:
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

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