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The Suitcase Kid


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A sensitive and humourous story of the effects of divorce, from an award winning author.

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Jacqueline Wilson (Author) Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain's bestselling and most beloved children's authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold. As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children's Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children's Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. Jacqueline is also a great reader, and has amassed over 20,000 books, along with her famous collection of silver rings. Find out more about Jacqueline and her books at JacquelineWilson.co.ukNick 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 3-6‘Ten-year old Andrea's parents have divorced and remarried and now she has several stepsiblings. She spends one week at her mother's house and the next at her father's. She wants her old family and their house, called Mulberry Cottage, back. The only comfort in her life is her lucky mascot toy rabbit, Radish, who lives in her pocket and offers her security. This realistic story told in 26 short chapters (one for each letter of the alphabet) gives Andy's view of her world of mean stepfamilies, her heartbreak and self-pity, and her own solution of creating an escape through her adventures with Radish. Light humor and an eventual realization on Andy's part that she is loved by her Mom and Dad and even liked by some of her stepsiblings and new half-sister (and that she likes some of them, too) make this a satisfying read.‘Kathy East, Wood County District Public Library, OH

Gripping, funny and sensitively written * Independent on Sunday *
A modern story, realistic with lots of witty, offbeat humour * Daily Telegraph *
A witty and moving tale of divorce * The Times *
A deeply moving account of a child's agony and bewilderment as she suffers from her parents' divorce. Feelings tumble out in a cascade of experiences, at once painful and funny. Language is racy and modern, superbly capturing the experience of many children today * Junior Education *
There's a bittersweet symmetry in [Andy's] defiant, touchingly manipulative and funny account of how she comes to terms with it all. Charming stylised illustrations by Nick Sharratt * Guardian *

When Andy's parents get divorced, she finds herself spending alternate weeks at Mom's house, then at Dad's, and longs for the days when they were all at home together. Ages 9-12. (Aug.)

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