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by Jacqueline Wilson (more about Jacqueline Wilson) 1533/44 illustrated by Nick Sharratt
first published 2002
Humour for ages 9 to 14 published by Doubleday
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £8.79, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
How a chance meeting, two diaries and Anne Frank bring two very different girls together!
What happens?
India lives with her parents in a big posh house and goes to a private school, however she dislikes her mother and her father has no time for her. Fascinated by the story of Anne Frank, she starts to keep her own diary, noting down all the odd goings on in her home. Treasure lives with her Nan in a council flat on a dodgy estate, she is terrified that she will have to go back and live with her mother and stepfather, the brutish Terry. Her diary details terrible tortures she would inflict upon him if she could. A chance meeting brings the two lonely girls together and it is Anne Frank's diary that gives India the idea of how to help her new friend when Treasure runs away from Terry!
Is it easy to read?
Easily read by a competent reader. Girls will probably find it more interesting than some boys.
Anything else?
Another original and moving story from one of our best children's authors. As always there is humour and well noted observations on the society within which we live. Wilson takes important issues and makes them accessible to young readers, this book throws up the ideas about what is family and the extended family, the pressures parents place upon their children to be what they expect them to be and the snobbery between different social groups. All of these topics are dealt with in an open fashion so it is clear what Jacqueline Wilson is trying to say. Brilliant stuff!
Other books by Jacqueline Wilson include Bad Girls, Best Friends, Buried Alive!, Cliffhanger, Connie and the Water Babies, Double Act, Dustbin Baby, Girls in Love, Girls Out Late, Girls Under Pressure, Glubbslyme, How to Survive Summer Camp, Lizzie Zipmouth, Lola Rose, Midnight, My Brother Bernadette, Sleepovers, The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Cat Mummy, The Dare Game, The Illustrated Mum, The Lottie Project, The Mum-Minder, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid, The Werepuppy, Twin Trouble, Vicky Angel.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
And what do you think?
Ashleigh, Whitby
India lives in a big posh house, dislikes her Mum, adores her dad, is a loner in school and writes a diary. Treasure lives with her nan and auntys and uncle, dislikes her mums bloke and writes in a diary. One day India and treasure become BEST friends and More...
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