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A delightfully entertaining and touching story from a superstar author

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JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade. 'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER


Gr 3-6-Gemma has always been a high-energy handful, and Alice has always been quiet and orderly-but those differences haven't stopped them from being best friends since the day they were born. Nothing will tear these two apart-except Alice's parents, who are making her move to Scotland. Gemma tries to cope, but she's overwhelmed by sadness and her fear that Alice might abandon her in favor of a new best friend. Her attempts to keep it together are complicated by her persona non grata status with Alice's parents. It takes a road trip and an incident with Alice's snooty new friend Flora to convince her that a best friend can move away without being lost forever. Wilson blends the spunk of Ramona Quimby with the impulsiveness of Joey Pigza, with the resulting disasters being about what one would expect. Gemma's emotional outbursts are understandable (if theatrical); she walks the fine line between grief-fueled temper and melodrama. If there are unsympathetic characters here, they are the girls' mothers: Gemma's mother's attempts at reassurance are to tell her daughter that she'll make new friends and will forget all about Alice; Alice's mother is pleased that the move separates the girls as she considers Gemma a bad influence. Readers will appreciate the reassurance that it's perfectly okay to feel sad and angry when a friend moves away.-Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"There's no stopping Jacqueline . . ." * The Sunday Times * "Wilson tells a story of laughter, love, tears, and trouble in this hilarious tale" * The Good Book Guide * "Read it. I'm sure you'll love it" * Reading Matters * "As ever, the storytelling is superb, the language direct, and the author shows her great skill in seeing things from a child's perspective" * South Wales Argus * "A really interesting book with something in it for everyone" * Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle *

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