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Girls Under Pressure (Girls)


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The touching and hilarious second title in Jacqueline Wilson's bestselling Girls series, perfect for older readers - now with a gorgeous new cover.

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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.


Gr 10 Up-In this sequel to Girls in Love (1997), by British novelist Jacqueline Wilson, Ellie, Magda, and Nadine are unhappy with the way they look. They set out to change their looks and, in the process, change their lives. Girls Under Pressure (1998) is read by British actress Brigit Forsyth who does a superb job of presenting this funny, moving, and disturbing story. The girls are in high school and are dealing with stress and pressure faced by teens today. The story is told from Ellie's point of view. She is concerned with her weight and battles anorexia and bulimia. Nadine wants to become a model, and must deal with her disappointment when she doesn't make the final cut at a magazine cover shoot. When she goes to another photo shoot and takes her younger sister, her sister gets the modeling contract. Magda has a confrontation with a group of boys who think she is a loose girl, and then has to defend her reputation. The way these best friends deal with these issues creates an amusing, entertaining tale with which teenagers will identify. Note that sex, beer drinking, abortion, and rape are all discussed in the story. The British idioms and language may be a bit confusing for American listeners, but they will enjoy and relate to the story.-Ginny Harrell, William McGarrah Elementary School, Morrow, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Feeling like she doesn't measure up to her "drop-dead gorgeous" friends, Ellie tries to take control of her weight, and ends up battling bulimia, in Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson, the second book in her Girls trilogy. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"The narrators speak so amusingly that everyone from seven to fourteen feels included . . . Wilson addresses the issues in a light-hearted but sensible way" * TES *
"As usual Wilson gets right inside her characters and their feelings, portraying them with understanding and sympathy . . . An excellent and timely book" * Kids Out, Book of the Month *

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