Genre: Children’s Fiction (9-11 years)
Release date: 05 10 2006
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.94 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $9.55 (USD)
Pages: ~ 160
My rating: I liked it.
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What I learned from this book: How divorce impacts children.
Description of the book: When my parents split up they didn’t know what to do with me . . .
My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me – and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum’s new family, one week with Dad’s.
It’s as easy as A B C. That’s what everyone says. But all I want is to go home – back to Mulberry Cottage…
How this book made me feel: This book is quite thin, but it carries a lot of hurt and sadness. Many children experience divorce these days. Andy is one of many, and this is her story. Andy is kind of lost in transit between her mum and dad’s houses. The divorce really has affected Andy, but no one is bothering to see that. Both of her parents are more concerned about their new partners and children, and Andy is feeling very left out. Her new step-siblings are absolute brats and bully Andy all the time, but again, parents are too blind to see anything that is going on. I was feeling really sorry for Andy, she is such a great kid.
The narrative of this book left me sad. The protagonist is so young but already forced to adjust to so many things. I really liked that every chapter started with a new alphabetical letter, describing different aspects of Andy’s life. The topics discussed in this book are divorce and how it affects children, new partners of the parents, bullying by step-siblings, attention-seeking, constant changes between living space, etc.
I liked the writing style of this novel, it does show that there can be light at the end of the tunnel. This book does not have many illustrations, but the chapters are pretty short, so the story did not get boring to me. I really liked the ending of this book, I think Andy deserved it. 🙂
So, to conclude, this book is filled with pain and sadness and I felt really bad for the protagonist. I think this book would be quite relatable to many children who have separated parents. I think this novel should be read by parents as well. It does give a great insight into children’s feelings after a divorce, which do get ignored quite often. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the 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.
Website: http://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk / Facebook: @jacquelinewilsonfanclub / Twitter:@FansofJWilson
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