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Lola Rose
by Jacqueline Wilson (more about Jacqueline Wilson) 1610/44 illustrated by Nick Sharratt
first published 2003
Real Life Drama for ages 10 to 14 published by Doubleday
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £7.69, usually dispatched within 24 hours.
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
One girl's life and how it changes when she runs away with her mom and little brother!
What happens?
Life at home is quite frightening for Jayni, her father beats her mother up and her mom keeps letting him get away with it. All that changes when her dad goes to hit Jayni, finally mom realises that she must get away, and so they pack whatever they can and steal away in the night, taking her younger brother with them. Fortunately mom has just won some money on the lottery and so they head for London. They change their names and Jayni becomes Lola Rose they go on a spending spree, but mom knows things cannot go on like this. For one thing the children need to be in school. Suddenly everything starts to go wrong, the flat the housing agency finds them is dirty and cramped the school they manage to get places in is in special measures and rather scary, and mom's new job is working in a pub at night. Then mom turns up with a new boyfriend! Can it get any worse? Yes it can, mom finds a lump in her breast! With the boyfriend walking out Lola Rose has to grow up really quickly, is there really know one she can turn to for help?
Is it easy to read?
A good read for older children who are capable.
Anything else?
Another thought provoking book from one of our best authors. Here she tackles several issues including abusive men, cancer, and children having to grow up too soon. This book is genuinely moving with some very sad parts and then some very funny sections too. Wilson is brilliant at mixing these emotions, making us cry one minute and then laugh the next. A great read.
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, Midnight, My Brother Bernadette, Secrets, 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.
The publisher reckons...
When Jayni, her mum and little brother have to run away from her abusive father, it starts off as a big adventure. They slip out at night, go up to London by train and stay in a hotel. They even make up false identities to protect their secret and Jayni becomes the glamorous-sounding Lola Rose. But when the money runs out and reality bites, is it still a game they should play? Another brilliantly crafted story of real family life from the prize-winning, children's favourite, Jacqueline Wilson.
And what do you think?
Megan, Glasgow
When Jayni"s mum realises it is not safe to stay at home because her father is getting too violent they run away to London with the money her mum has recently won on the lottery. Jayni becomes Lola Rose and thinks she will then become every thing she alwa More...
Danielle, Neasden Primary
Jayni"s mum wins ten thousand pounds on a scratch card. But then her dad gets mad because he thinks that that her mum is keeping it to herself and sends Jayni to bed as well as her brother Kenny. Jayni says no and her dad hits her and her mum. They run aw More...
ellie, Stockton
When life at home suddenly gets really frightning, Jayni, her mum and little brother have to pack their bags and escape in the middle of the night. Although they are scared of getting caught traveling to London and staying in a hotel does seem quite scary More...
Kathryn, Newton Mearns
Jacqueline Wilson"s "Lola Rose" is an extremely moving novel full of mixed emotions, making us cry one minute and laugh the next. The author has successfully managed to capture the full attention of the reader with her enthralling text. Set in a town in More...
Sophie, Otley
Jayni, an 11 year old girl lives with her parents and brother Kenny. They lived in a council flat, but that was all about to change... Jayni"s mum, Nikki, won the lottery from a scratchcard! When Jayni"s dad heard he went mental, this had happened before. More...
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