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A moving, insightful, sensitive and entertaining novel exploring first love and first heartbreak, for older readers, from phenomenally bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson.

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Jacqueline Wilson (Author) 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 Nick Sharratt (Illustrator) Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children and won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award. He has also enjoyed great success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson books. Nick lives in Edinburgh.

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Gr 6-9-Sylvie, 14, has always assumed she would marry her best friend, Carl, but lately he has been distant and doesn't even seem interested in their secret fantasy, Glassworld. When a game of spin the bottle results in Carl kissing Sylvie's new friend, Miranda, and refusing to kiss her, Sylvie begins to doubt her attractiveness. But when Carl suddenly insists on including his new friend, Paul, on all their outings, especially his birthday party, Sylvie is even more confused. While at Kew Gardens, Miranda suggests a game of hide-and-seek, and when Carl finds Paul in the bushes, he instinctively kisses him with disastrous, gay-bashing results. Carl is devastated, but quick thinking and understanding by both Sylvie and Miranda save him in more ways than one. With sharply drawn characters, Wilson handles the confusion and angst of teen love and sexuality with careful sensitivity.-Betty S. Evans, Missouri State University, Springfield Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Once again the queen of children's fiction doesn't disappoint, and the issue of sexuality is handled with the understanding that we have come to expect from her * Waterstone's Books Quarterly *
Her ability to connect with readers is peerless and her deft and honest way of tackling delicate subjects is always impressive * The Bookseller *
At the heart of Kiss, as in all her best books, is an emotional truthfulness, courage and comedy * The Times *
A great, if gritty, read from one of our best-loved authors * Independent *
The emotions involved in first love and rejection, as well as other teenage concerns are convincingly depicted * The Children's Bookseller *

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