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The Bed and Breakfast Star
by Jacqueline Wilson (more about Jacqueline Wilson) 466/44 illustrated by Nick Sharratt
first published 1994
Real Life Drama for ages 8 to 12 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
One family's experiences of losing their home and having to move into bed and breakfast accommodation.
What happens?
Elsa lives with her mom and step father and half brother and sister. Her step dad can be a bit hard on her at times and doesn't mind giving her the odd smack, but Elsa can put up with that. Things go really horrible when they lose their home and are put into an awful hotel as a bed and breakfast family, while they are waiting to be re-housed by the council. It is dirty, cramped, full of other people who don't want to be there and means that Elsa has to go to a new school. Here even the teachers are quite unkind, because they don't think about what they say in front of the children. Through it all Elsa keeps telling jokes to make everyone laugh, but this often gets her into even more trouble. What does the future hold for her family and for how much longer can she see the funny side of life?
Is it easy to read?
As with all of her books this is easily read, but covers topics that are of quite a sensitive nature. Always witty and well paced, a reader should have a developing sense of the real world around them.
Anything else?
Another witty insight into the lives of people around us. Wilson takes a very difficult topic and introduces it to children with humour and tenderness. As always she tells it how it is but offers some kind of hope that things can get better and people can learn from the situations they find themselves in. Her books clearly have a very valuable part to play in children's understanding of the world around them. Read anything she writes.
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, Secrets, Sleepovers, 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...
A lively tale by the award-winning author of "The Suitcase Kid". Elsa does her best to cheer up her family by telling jokes, but no one seems to laugh much any more - not since they lost their lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hotel.
And what do you think?
Alexandra Scarisbrick, St Andrews School, Eastbourne
For the past few weeks, I have been reading "The Bed and Breakfast Star." I think it is a superb and exciting tale! It is about girl who moves around from house to house and one day her step dad loses his job and the family ends up in a grotty Bed and Br
Jacqueline Wilson is in fine form in this funny and moving story of a little girl who copes with her none-too-glamourous life by telling endless jokes and fantasising about being a comedian. As things go from bad to worse and Elsa and her family find them
Ben Hanson, St. Helens Catholic Junior School
This book is about a girl called Elsa she is named after a famous lion called Elsa because her hair sticks out like a lions mane. Her parents split up before she was bornand her mother gets a new boyfriend called Mack. Both mum and Mack had two babies tog
fliss wells, grimsby
its about a girl who has to move to a bed and breakfast. It tells you about her life and how she survives her life. it is a very exciting and funny book as she tells jokes in the story. i would definitely recommend it to everyone that likes reading.
Joanna Harkin, Kings Monkton
The Bed and Breakfast Star By Jacqueline Wilson Humour for ages 9 to 12. 9/10 One of the best books I have ever read. Find out about a little girl called Elsa and her adventures at the bed and breakfast hotel. She keeps moving houses with her family and
libby, xxxxxxxxxxxxx
it is a good book
Rea Dicks, Wellfield church school, Burnley
Rea Dicks Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson Issy's live is falling apart,her step dad has lost his job so they have to move to a grotty Bed and breakfast.Issy's dream is to become a comedian and maybe it will come true,but all her jokes are maki
Tito Brealey, oakwood
it is very inventive
haney kang, ngaio
this book is really cool. i think that everone should read it. The book is cool!
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