Happy Wednesday y’all!
Today is April 10th, also known as National Siblings Day, also known as another day people made up to celebrate things. Hooray!
The one year Dee and I were doing something cool together on National Siblings Day (drinking Riesling in Germany on my first European trip) we forgot the holiday existed.
Before I jump into favorite literary siblings, let’s take a moment to reflect on one of my favorite Dee memories:
When I was 3, we got cats. Somehow the FIVE adults who were constantly around didn’t see a problem with me carrying my cat around by her neck for four months. Not holding her scruff, literally, hands around her neck choking her. When the cats got spayed, Dee knew my actions would really hurt them, so she did what any self-respecting 6-year-old would do: showed me their scars and told me if I carried them by their necks they would rip into two pieces. Problem solved!
Now, let’s explore some of our literary siblings (in no particular order because I tried that and it was hard):
The Weasley siblings – Harry Potter series
This one’s a no-brainer, but I do feel the need to point out that I’m not sure they would make the cut if it weren’t for Fred and George. And Ginny. The Weasleys, in general, are awesome, but a lot of that comes from Molly and Arthur. We see Ron as a sibling, but more often we see him in relation to Harry and Hermione, or in a school setting. We don’t see much of Bill or Charlie, and Percy is Percy. But Fred and George are a killer combo, add in Ginny and they’re unstoppable. Those three really send the Weasley siblings over the top. They should consider cutting the other four loose, tbh (just kidding).
Claudia & Jamie – From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
I’ve already told you guys why this book is significant to me, not in small part because of Dee’s commonalities with Claudia, so this duo seemed like a no-brainer to me. They run away together to the Met. That requires a lot of trust, team. Jamie provides the funds, Claudia makes sure they get cleaned, and it turns out to be an educational trip! They learn so much about history! 10/10
Meg, Sandy, Dennis, & Charles Wallace Murray – The Time Quintet
First, let’s talk about the fact that it’s now a quintet and not a quartet and back in my day it was a quartet and we liked it and kids these days!
Seriously, I have no idea what this fifth book is or why it exists or what happens. So really, I’m considering these four siblings based on the quartet. Maybe one of them turns into an evil villain (or worse: useless!) in the fifth book and I’ll have to write a follow-up post redacting this entry and apologizing endlessly.
I feel like Sandy and Dennis get the shaft when it comes to the Murray siblings. Which is kind of ironic, because in A Wrinkle in Time Meg talks about the twins are the popular ones, etc. and then in Many Waters Sandy and Dennis talk about how extraordinary Meg and Charles Wallace are. Is the fifth book about all of them?!?! Maybe I should check that out.
Anywho, they’re great together. If you’ve read the books, you know the obvious, so let’s focus on the not-obvious. Sandy and Dennis are every bit of defensive of their parents as Meg. They’re also defensive of Charles Wallace, but it takes a different form than Meg’s defense. They all kind of banded together after their dad’s disappearance and it made them awesome. Or maybe they were already awesome. This is a terrible explanation for why they should be included on this list, I need more coffee.
The Hatfields & the Malloys – Boy/Girl Battle
If you’ve never read this series you legit need to go check them out from the library right now. I hadn’t heard of the Hatfield and McCoys and their feud when I first started this series, so books about an ongoing battle between KIDS who are rivals totally caught me off-guard and it’s AMAZING. Their pranks are wild, and their sibling support is on-point. As in, sometimes the older siblings tell the younger ones they’re stupid and it’s so accurate. Great series, better siblings. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is unstoppable.
Sophie & Josh – (The Alchemyst) The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
I made sure to put The Alchemyst in the header because it’s relevant to the story of why I read this book. Do you guys remember when The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was all the rage? It’s not really my cup of tea (my cup of tea is magical and fantastic and is actually coffee) but Dee loved it. I was at Barnes & Noble searching for the perfect birthday present for her and they were advertising “The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott, the sequel to The Alchemyst” and I was like WHOA perfect! I couldn’t remember why The Alchemist wasn’t my cup of tea, but the idea that Dee was really into a book about Nicholas Flamel totally made sense. Not once did I realize it was a sequel to a different Alchemyst. So I got her this book and was like HEY did you know The Alchemist has a sequel?! And she didn’t, because it doesn’t. But she read the book anyway, because she’s that kind of sister, and she loved it, and got the first book, and then told me I needed to read it.
I included Sophie and Josh on this list because I feel like they are one of the most genuine examples of a close sibling relationship that I’ve ever read. Most of the siblings on this list who like each other tend to be on the same page. Sophie and Josh start on the same page but they diverge, for great reasons. It’s so realistic. Dee and I used to debate (read: argue) about it. She completely agreed with Sophie (the older of the twins) and felt like everything Sophie said and did was right. I agreed with Josh (the younger of the twins) and felt like she just needed to LISTEN.
Anyway. Love these two.
Puck, Finn, & Gabe – The Scorpio Races
Maybe not Gabe. Just kidding, he can stay on the list. I don’t want to delve into this one too much because spoilers but suffice it to say that every exchange between Puck and her brothers made me want to jump in the book and be part of the story. Finn supports Puck in what is arguably one of the stupidest and most dangerous endeavors of her entire life, and I love him for it.
Gabe is hard to love at first, but for completely good reasons.
Special mention! The Scorpio Races also features another set of remarkable siblings: Dory Maud, Elizabeth, and Annie. These ladies are the driving force behind the story and if you disagree you can fight me. (They’re the reason for this post’s “badass women” tag)
BONUS ROUND: Siblings who don’t belong on this list
I’m about to throw some unpopular opinions your way. These are siblings whom I considered, and ultimately decided against for very good reasons.
Peter, Susan, Edmund, & Lucy Pevensie – The Chronicles of Narnia
Okay, look. The most famous book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, right? And what happens? Edmund forsakes his siblings, the two older ones don’t believe Lucy until they’re IN Narnia, they have adventures and we don’t see them be awesome together as siblings again. In Prince Caspian we see them be awesome in general, but the only real sibling moment is when they’re proving their worth to their DLF* in the beginning. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (my fave) shows some great moments with Lucy and Edmund, but it’s kind of too little, too late.
Katniss & Prim – The Hunger Games
Originally, they made the list, but when I actually went to type out WHY I suddenly realized I had more reasons to exclude them than to include them.
Katniss as an older sister is one of her best traits, by far. And Prim is delightful and helpful and kind and tough. But we don’t actually see them interact all that much. For all we know, Prim hated Katniss as kids and is just being nice to her now (just kidding) (I think).
Real Best Sibling Ever
The older brother from the best Jimmy Kimmel I Told My Kids I Ate Their Halloween Candy video ever (“you were so close”)
Anddd that’s a wrap!
Who would be on your list of favorite literary siblings?
*Inspired by Prince Caspian and the Pevensies referring to Trumpkin as DLF, Dee changed my name in her phone to FLS (Favorite Little Sister). That was a long time ago, and now she’s reverted back to my real name. But she’s still in my phone as Undesirable Number One.