Another brilliantly evocative portrait of modern life from the bestselling Jacqueline Wilson.
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
The latest from Britain's former Children's Laureate is vintage Wilson. Flora Barnes splits her week between her mother, who has remarried a successful executive, and her father whose situation is less rosy. When her stepfather accepts a temporary transfer to Australia, "Floss," as she is called, must choose to spend six months in sunny Sydney or to stay with her father above his failing chip shop. At school, she's also torn. Her best friend, the "posh and persnickety" Rhiannon, has become materialistic and judgmental; Floss can't stand the cruel teasing Rhiannon directs at a new classmate. When Floss chooses to stay with her dad-because she realizes he needs her more than her mother does-her standing at school suffers. Her mismatched clothing, which carries the greasy spoon's scent, makes her the new target of Rhiannon's torments. Meanwhile, her father is losing his shop to bankruptcy and the possibility of homelessness becomes real. This tension paces a novel that contains many compelling, sometimes gritty, elements-shopping, gambling, fair-going, romance, a knife-fight and even a scary fire. All that action makes the narrative longer than usual for this age group, but Floss's emotional turmoil should hook girls. There's a real tenderness to her relationship with her father, fully dimensional in all his flaws, a man whose love for his daughter often clouds his judgment. A full page of Sharratt's comic-strip-style panels opens each chapter, and "Floss's Glossary" defines unfamiliar Briticisms. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Gr 4-7-Flossie's mom is remarried and has a prosperous life with her husband and baby. Flossie's dad, however, is close to 40 and hasn't gotten it together. Overweight, depressed, and financially hard up, he is his own worst enemy. When Flossie's mom and stepdad move to Sydney for six months, Flossie convinces her mother to let her stay with her loving but inept father in London. Her life changes drastically when she starts going to school looking unkempt and smelling of her father's greasy-spoon cafe. She loses her superficial and status-conscious friends, but makes friends with Susan, whose background is more like hers. After numerous trials that end in near homelessness, Flossie's father finally puts the divorce behind him. When he encounters Rose, a fortune-teller and cotton-candy maker with a traveling carnival, he's met his true match. Flossie is a likable character who discovers the meaning of true friendship, suffers hardship with aplomb, and learns some important life lessons along the way. Readers will cheer her on and feel satisfaction when she sees her ex-best friend for the bully and snob that she is.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Wilson is on top social-observing form -- Christina Hardyment *
As usual, Wilson's book provokes both laughter and thought * Junior Education *
Wilson moves away from familiar mum territory to cast her acute eye on dads -- Dina Rabinovitch * Guardian *
Jacqueline Wilson fans will love this new adventure drawn straight from the reality of the modern teenager * The Good Book Guide *
Another absorbing slice of family and school life * The Children's Bookseller *