Book Reviews

#12ReviewsOfXmas #Day7 #ChildrensBook #BookReview Midnight By Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Yearling
ISBN13: 978-0440868545
Genre: Children’s Fiction (9-11years)
Release date: 09 10 2008
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £5.30 (GBP)
Kindle $5.32 (USD)/ Paperback $14.33 (USD)
Pages: ~ 208
My rating: Liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
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What I learned from this book: If someone hurts you, don’t cover for them.

Description of the book: Violet has always been in the shadow of her mesmerising, controlling brother Will, and when a shocking secret about Will’s past is revealed, things get even worse. Violet retreats further into her own fantasy world, built around the fairy characters created by her favourite author, Casper Dream. The arrival of a new girl at school, Jasmine, seems like it might change Violet’s life for the better. But is Jasmine a true friend? And will Violet ever manage to break free of Will’s spell?

How this book made me feel: Yes, Jacqueline Wilson knows how to write about difficult families. This one is no exception. The protagonist of this book is Violet, a girl with long black hair. She really loves her big brother Will. But I think that boy is a little bit of a psychopath, because of all the nasty things he was doing to Violet all this time. I did not like him even one bit. Violet is very lonely, so when she meets a new friend, everything changes.

This novel is very dark, gloomy and scary. Sometimes it was hard to believe that this book is for children, the narrative got pretty scary sometimes even for me. The topics discussed in this book were alcoholism, difficult child-parent relationships, sibling love, adoption, friendship, controlling behaviour, mental abuse.

The atmosphere of this book is pretty dark and depressing, I think this novel would be great for Halloween. 🙂 I loved the illustrations, the fairies look very mean and grim as well, but they were very nicely drawn indeed. The chapters are pretty long, and if I would read it as a child, I would struggle. I liked the ending of the story, it rounded the book very well.

So, to conclude, it was quite a depressing book, and I don’t really agree with some of the messages it sends, but I do like the fact that it encourages you to be unique and follow your dreams. As I mentioned before, I think this book is great for Halloween, it is spooky and would be great for that time of the year. 😉

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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