Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill


15 Critic Reviews

The ending was a little TOO neat and happy for my liking, . .
-A Foodie Biliophile in Wanderlust


Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glassmakers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glassblowing is not for daughters—that is her brother's work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she's prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.

Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father's wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.

About Stephanie Hemphill

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STEPHANIE HEMPHILL is the author of the Printz Honor-winning Your Own, Sylvia, a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath, as well as Things Left Unsaid and the critically acclaimed Wicked Girls, which received four starred reviews.
Published March 27, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 162 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 8


Mar 15 2012

A fiery, feminist love story young teens, particularly girls, should just devour.

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Journal Sentinel

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Reviewed by Mary-Liz Shaw on Apr 19 2012

Hemphill leans to overwriting in several spots, but overall this is a nice piece of historical fiction about a period rarely covered in juvenile literature.

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The Young Folks

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Reviewed by Gabrielle Bondi on Jan 06 2012

I have yet to mention that this entire novel is written in verse. As someone who always prefers the narrative form over verse, I was bit turned off by it.

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Reviewed by Katie on Apr 27 2012

Ideal reading for any romantics who like their stories to end happily ever after.

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Reviewed by Amy on Mar 06 2012

Set on the island of Murano, near Venice, this quick but tightly written novel follows a family of glass makers who have fallen on hard times.

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Early Nerd Special

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Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on Mar 29 2012

Unfortunately, this verse-novel suffers from the fact that the format is not the best way to tell the story, and the verse-novel is likely to turn some readers off.

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Diary of a Bookworm

Reviewed by Rhiannon on May 01 2012

Sisters of Glass is a beautifully told, lyrical story based on a small historical fact from 1487.

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Birth of a New Witch

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Reviewed by Usagi on Mar 17 2012

While I do love books (and authors) that dare to present their stories in non-traditional free verse poetry, this one wasn’t quite in proper free verse, and that was a bit disappointing.

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Paranormal Indulgence

Reviewed by Asher Knight

The emotion and images she sketches with her words are dazzling and enrich the story in a way that I don't think would've been quite possible in a conventionally written story.

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A Foodie Biliophile in Wanderlust

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Reviewed by Beth Shaum on Dec 03 2011

The ending was a little TOO neat and happy for my liking, . .

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Reviewed by Jera on Mar 23 2012

At 160 pages this is the right length for the targeted audience.

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NYX Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Celine on Mar 19 2012

I wanted more emotions, more of the interactions, more of everything.

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Reading Everywhere

Reviewed by Allison on Feb 27 2012

Personally, one of my favorite aspects of this book was the chance to learn about the art and history of glassblowing on the island of Murano.

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Rebecca's Book Blog

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Reviewed by Rebecca Herman on Mar 27 2009

Because of the format and the short length (only 150 pages), some of the characters and relationships seemed underdeveloped.

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Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 28 2012

For me, the characters were hard to relate to. . .I felt like there were pieces of their voices and thoughts that were missing.

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