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Annie's Game
by Narinder Dhami 309/198 first published 1999
Miscellaneous for ages 8 to 11 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.19, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
What do you do when your five year old sister is a genius who seems to be going completely mad?
What happens?
Jack's little sister is only five, but she speaks several foreign languages, reads Shakespeare and is clearly a genius. To Jack her favourite pastime seems to be winding him up. Her new game is by far the worst though, she says she has a friend who only she can see, a time traveller from the twenty-fifth century called Sarah Slade. Annie spends hours talking to this invisible girl and builds models of the houses and buildings in the future. Things start going wrong when Sarah starts stealing things from people who upset Annie. No matter how hard he tries Jack cannot get his sister to stop playing the Sarah Slade game, even when things start disappearing from school. What can Jack do to stop things getting any worse, and what will 'Sarah' do next?
Is it easy to read?
An easily-read book for a young reader with ability. Also a nice story to read to a child or group of children.
Anything else?
An unusual story about brothers and sisters. I enjoyed this book and was never really sure if Annie was making it all up or telling the truth. It is nice to be kept guessing until the end of the story. Dhami has observed the difficult relationships between brothers and sisters very well and has drawn believable characters that you end up caring about a great deal.
Other books by Narinder Dhami include Animal Crackers.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Annie is a bright little girl whose wild imagination and bizarre games drive her older brother Jack crazy. But now Annie insists that she's got a new friend called Sarah: an invisible time-traveller from the 25th century. Can Jack stop Annie's game before it causes serious trouble for both of them?
And what do you think?
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
Jack's five-year-old sister Annie has always been "special"--a child prodigy with an intellect beyond her years. Now she has an invisible friend and everyone at school thinks she is mad. But it is Jack who suffers from the taunting and bullying and he has
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