Mary Hershey
Children’s Author

My Big Sister Is So Bossy She Says You Can't Read This Book

Wendy Lamb Books

Random House


ISBN-10: 0553487973

ISBN-13: 978-0553487978

"A rare combination of psychological insights and a plot that accelerates to a riveting and satisfying conclusion, much like being struck by lightning - in a good way."

―Kirkus Reviews



“… an energetic first novel full of entertaining characters that is likely to circulate among late elementary circles of friends.”

―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



“In a swirl of anxiety, confusion and hilarity, Effie strategizes to surpass her inventive genius by making a reliable paper toilet-seat cover for a school assignment, to maintain her trusted status as the treasurer for her Angel Scout troop and to make best friends with a behemoth who is the first girl in her glass to grow hair under her arms. Instead, the well-plotted hijinks reveal rejection and thievery that strike at the heart of Effie's goals. In her debut, Hershey weaves humor into the characters' deep motivations; these characters jump off the page, especially that of Effie, whose true voice narrates the well-paced plot. She discovers depth to her family, friends and herself as she encounters choices and begins to learn the skill of taking charge of her young life. A rare combination of psychological insights and a plot that accelerates to a riveting and satisfying conclusion, much like being struck by lightning--in a good way.” 

Kids Post “Book of the Week”, July 31, 2005.

—Washington Post


“…snappy, irreverently funny first novel…”

—Publisher’s Weekly


“Hershey’s first novel is an amusingly realistic story that touches on some serious issues… the conclusion expresses well the love of sisterhood and the true meaning of friendship.”

—School Library Journal


“…if you love Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books, you’ll adore Effie—she’s laugh-out-loud funny.”

—Discovery Girls Magazine

Something of great importance entrusted to fourth-grader Effi Maloney has disappeared and she’s sure her big sister, Maxey, had something to do with it. Effi’s no pushover, but trying to stand up to Maxey is like trying to stop an earthquake. It would be easier to deal with Maxey if Effi had a buddy. She hasn’t had a best friend since Lola Jo moved, and she has so many secrets saved to tell a best friend—including the most amazing idea in the world for a winning science project—she’s about to explode.


Effi’s got to win that science prize, find a best friend, and get back at Maxey—in just one week!

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