Thursday, February 24, 2022

Five SFF books featuring protective siblings

Patti Callahan is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail bestselling novelist of fifteen novels, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Surviving Savannah, and Once Upon a Wardrobe. A recipient of the Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year, the Christy Book of the Year, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year, Callahan is the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series and podcast Friends & Fiction.

At Callahan tagged five "favorite stories with protective sibling relationships," including:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What is a greater sacrifice than to take the place of someone you love in a dangerous mission? In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen steps forward and takes the place of her gentle and beloved little sister, Prim, when Prim’s name is called to participate in the Hunger Games. Katniss knows she has more years of experience hunting and that she is far more likely to survive in the deadly game that takes place in the deep woodlands. In a powerful scene, Katniss is carried off not knowing whether she will live or die in her sacrifice, but only knowing she must save her little sister from certain death.
Read about another entry on the list.

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