Revenge of the Flower Girls

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in BR Library

9780545561419By Jennifer Ziegler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: 240
Lexile: 720L
Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

In this middle-grade Bridesmaids, hilarity ensues as triplets have to stop a wedding!

One bride. Two boys. Three flower girls who won’t forever hold their peace. What could go wrong with this wedding? Everything!

The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually spend their summer eating ice cream, playing with their dog, and reading about the US Presidents. But this year they’re stuck planning their big sister Lily’s wedding. Lily used to date Alex, who was fun and nice and played trivia games with the triplets, and no one’s quite sure why they broke up. Burton, Lily’s groom-to-be, is not nice or fun, and he looks like an armadillo.

The triplets can’t stand to see Lily marry someone who’s completely wrong for her, so it’s up to them to stop the wedding before anyone says “I do!” The flower girls will stop at nothing to delay Lily’s big day, but will sprinklers, a photo slideshow, a muddy dog, and some unexpected allies be enough to prevent their big sister – and the whole Brewster family – from living unhappily ever after?


“The trouble starts when big sister Lily announces her engagement to the oddly armadillo-like Burton. They schedule the wedding for one month away; and eleven-year-old triplets Delaney, Darby, and Dawn have to do something to prevent the biggest mistake that a woman could ever make: marrying the wrong man. The truth is that Lily and her ex-boyfriend are the ones who are right for each other. They try to involve Alex, but he will not do anything to prevent the marriage; after all, he still loves Lily and wants what she thinks is best. So how do they stop a wedding that’s being planned down to the last detail by the mother of the groom, a control freak? Preparations snowball, despite the triplets’ best efforts, and the wedding day arrives with no time to back out. Or is there? Readers will smile—and sometimes laugh out loud—at this hilarious, sweet take on preventing an ill-conceived marriage of a beloved sister. Written from the point of view of each Brewster triplet makes the characters’ personalities come to life. Knowing how to write a true gem, Ziegler will have readers clamoring for more.”
Reviewer: Bonita Herold; Ages 8 to 12.
—Children’s Literature

“A superadorable story about 11-year-old triplets who conspire to foil their older sister’s wedding to the yucky Burton and reunite her with her true love, her old hunky boyfriend, Alex. Parent Trap, move over. There’s a new story in town, and though it has much in common with the old story, this one has triplets. The girls, cutely though confusingly named Dawn, Darby and Delaney, are quite different. Confident Dawn, who plans to be president, is decisive; Delaney, the future speaker of the House, can neither sit still nor stop talking; and shy, physically brave Darby, who wants to be the chief justice, is a peaceful dreamer. Nonetheless, the youngsters, who take turns narrating the story in the first person, are hard to tell apart as they speak in much the same voice. It’s a charming voice though, and readers will be rooting for them from Page 1 (or the first fade in, as this begs to be made into a movie). What’s really nice about the story is that author Ziegler makes sisterhood seem almost magical. The plot, which is full of amusing hijinks and physical comedy, has a wingding climax, Lily’s bored bridesmaids add spice, and Burton’s overbearing mother is a horrid hoot. Cuter than a kitten and almost as much fun.”
(Fiction. 8-12)
—Kirkus Reviews