Operation Sisterhood

by Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola

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Fans of the Netflix reboot of The Babysitters Club will delight as four new sisters band together in the heart of New York City. Discover this jubilant novel about the difficulties of change, the loyalty of sisters, and the love of family from a prolific award-winning author."[A] jubilant middle grade novel." -The New York TimesBo and her mom always had their own rhythm. But ever since they moved to Harlem, Bo’s world has fallen out of sync. She and Mum are now living with Mum’s boyfriend Bill, his daughter Sunday, the twins, Lili and Lee, the twins' parents…along with a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, a turtle, and chickens. All in one brownstone! With so many people squished together, Bo isn’t so sure there is room for her. Set against the bursting energy of a New York City summer, award-winning author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich delivers a joyful novel about a new family that hits all the right notes!“This ode to Black girlhood and the communities that serve them offers humor, tenderness, and charm.” –Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author “A beautiful, rich, and deeply comforting story about family and the powerful choice to live with joy, Operation Sisterhood is a book to savor.” –Rebecca Stead, New York Times bestselling author“Operation Sisterhoodbubbles over with humor, heart, and big-blended-family enthusiasm u2014a joyful love letter to Black girls, New YorkCity, and the transformative power of sisterhood.” –Kate Messner, author of Chirpand Breakout
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tukunbo "Bo" and her mother (who she calls Mum) are very close and share many interests, including a love of baking. When Mum finally marries her boyfriend, Bill, Bo gets a new family, including Bill's daughter Sunday, Mama Hope, Papa Charles and their twin daughters, Lil and Lee, who all live in a brownstone in Harlem. This blended family's unorthodox way of life is not understood by their neighbors, but that doesn't impede the family's happiness. Bo and her sisters share a love of music, and to celebrate Mum and Bill's marriage, the girls plan a party with their new band as entertainment. The party quickly becomes a neighborhood event, but can the girls pull it off? They don't even have a band name yet! Operation Sisterhood is a warmhearted story about what makes a family. The cast of characters is funny, vibrant, and relatable, particularly the girls and their irascible neighbor, Mrs. Tyler. Readers looking for books with positive depictions of blended families and Black girlhood will enjoy this title."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx, 11-year-old Tokunbo "Bo" Marshall, who is Nigerian American, engages in her passion for baking, her love of music, and her babysitting expertise while sharing special recipes with her single mother. But as her mom prepares to marry, Bo needs time to feel through the transition, the new sibling she'll soon gain in bookstore owner Bill's pianist daughter, and the chosen family also living in Bill's Harlem brownstone. Change comes quickly as Bo and her mother move from their community into Bill's building, Bo starts freeschooling, and finances put a hold on Bo and her mother's long-planned trip to Black Paris and Lagos. Despite the upheaval, Bo and her newfound family learn how to love each other and plan a "wedding block party" for their parents. Rhuday-Perkovich (It Doesn't Take a Genius) interweaves Black culture with a realistic depiction of what a transition to a blended family--and being raised by a village--can look like. Ages 8--12. Agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Publisher Random House Children's Books2022
Language English
ISBN 9780593379912