Little Sister is NOT My Name — "Sassy" Series
Little Sister is Not my Name by Sharon M. Draper has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the "Sassy" series.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Sassy Sanford, age 9, is tired of everyone calling her Little Sister. Not only does Sassy feel small, but she also feels drab in her school's blue and white uniform when she longs to sparkle. Her saving graces are her good friends Jasmine, Travis, Holly and Carmelita, and her Sassy Sack, a glittery bag made by her grandmother (Grammy). She keeps every imaginable item from shoelaces to superglue to a mini flashlight in it. Life gets exciting when Grammy, a renowned storyteller, makes a surprise visit to see Sassy's family and demonstrates her art at an assembly at Sassy's school. After the family enjoys a goodbye dinner with Grammy in a fancy restaurant at the top of Mom's office building, they become trapped in the elevator. The only one small enough to crawl out and get help is Sassy. The newspaper hails her a hero, and she comes to realize that sometimes being the smallest — the little sister — isn't so bad after all.
Other Belief Systems
Sassy tells her friends that her grandmother is magic and tells her grandmother she doesn't really like reading books about fantasy or magic. When Sassy's older siblings ask why Grammy never came and spoke at their schools, Grammy says Sassy was just lucky.
Sassy, her sister and her friends make a few innocent comments about kissing. Her sister, Sadora, who is old enough to drive, says she hasn't been kissed yet.
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* Lying:* When a boy asks Sassy for some Kleenex (as he does frequently) and requests something other than pink, she lies and says that is the only color she has. She actually has several other colors, but she gives him pink because she knows it bothers him.
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