THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS

Ann Brashares, Author . Delacorte $8.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-385-73058-7

"This first novelist successfully creates four distinct characters, each with her own story line, and ties them together with a creative device: a pair of pants purchased in a thrift shop," said PW in a starred review. "An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time." Ages 12-up. (Mar.)