My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco


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Amanda Meising

This story explores the relationship between a young girl and her older brother. The young girl is tired of always losing competitions to her older brother, Richard. One night she makes a wish on a falling star to do something—anything—better that her brother.
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