Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time.
Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.
A beautiful, heartwarming story about friendship, confidence and becoming your own person, from the mega-bestselling author of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and Sleepovers.
Jacqueline Wilson - My Secret Diary
Have you ever wondered what Jacqueline Wilson was like as a teenager? Did she have crushes on boys, argue with her parents and get embarrassed at school? Was teen life fifty years ago very different from today? Read this totally engaging memoir to discover the innermost thoughts and feelings of fourteen-year-old Jacqueline, later become Britain's best-loved children's author. As compelling as any of her novels, it includes extracts from her own real diary and original photos of Jacqueline and her friends!
Jacqueline Wilson - My mum Tracy Beaker
I'm Jess. Jessica Bluebell Camilla Beaker. Jessica because Mum just liked the name. Bluebell because that was the name of Mum's doll when she was very little. Camilla because that's the name of my foster granny, Cam, and she's lovely. And Beaker because that's my Mum's name.
Jacqueline Wilson - Kiss
Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They've always played together, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and, deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they'd end up married to each other. They even have a a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone. But as they become older, things are starting to change. Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl - but Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention. Now, Carl seems much less happy to be called Sylvie's boyfriend - and in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that their future together might not be so clear-cut after all. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all? Touching and compelling, Kiss is a delicately handled treatment of love and sexuality from award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.
Jacqueline Wilson - Katy
Katy Carr is a lively, daredevil oldest sister in a big family. She loves messing around outdoors, climbing on the garage roof, or up a tree, cycling, skateboarding, swinging . . . But her life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident.Inspired by the classic novel, What Katy Did, Jacqueline Wilson creates an irresistible modern version for the twenty-first-century. Fans of Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker will fall in love with Katy and her family too.
Jacqueline Wilson - The Illustrated Mum
Dolphin adores her mother, Marigold. She's got wonderful clothes, bright hair and vivid tattoos all over her body - a colourful lady, to match her colourful life. But Dolphin's older sister, Star, is beginning to wonder if living with Marigold's fiery, unpredictable moods is the best thing for the girls ...
Jacqueline Wilson - Girls Out Late
Ellie finally meets a boy. The right boy. And she wants to spend all her time with him. Her curfew is way too early, but if her stepmother doesn’t tell, her father will never know she’s been out late. It’s not like anything bad is going to happen, and her father doesn’t need to know what she does every minute of every day. As long as she brings her friends along, everything should be all right. Too bad the best laid plans often go wrong!
Jacqueline Wilson - Jacky Daydream
Everybody knows Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson's best loved character. But what do they know about Jacqueline herself? In this fascinating book, discover... ... how Jacky played with paper dolls like April in _Dustbin Baby._ ... how she dealt with an unpredictable father like Prue in _Love Lessons._ ... how she chose new toys in Hamleys like Dolphin in _The Illustrated Mum._ ... how she enjoyed Christmas like Em in _Clean Break._ ... how she sat entrance exams like Ruby in _Double Act. _ But most of all how Jacky loved reading and writing stories. Losing herself in a new world was the best possible way she could spend her time. From the very first story she wrote, it was very clear that this little girl had a very vivid imagination. But who would've guessed that she would grow up to be mega-bestselling, award-winning author! Includes previously unseen photos, Jacqueline's own school reports and a brand new chapter from Jacqueline on the response to the book, her teenage years and more!
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess (Oxford Bookworms)
Sara Crewe is a very rich little girl. She first comes to England when she is seven, and her father takes her to Miss Minchin's school in London. Then he goes back to his work in India. Sara is very sad at first, but she soon makes friends at school. But on her eleventh birthday, something terrible happens, and now Sara has no family, no home, and not penny in the world...
Jacqueline Wilson - Cookie
Beauty Cookson is no beauty. She's a plain, timid girl who constantly feels inferior to the super-confident, snooty girls at school. Worse than the teasing in the playground, though, is the unpredictable, hurtful criticism from her father. Beauty and her meek, sweet mother live in uneasy fear of his fierce rages, sparked whenever they break one of his fussy house rules. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party and the very real threat of Dad's out-of-control temper, Mum and Beauty run away. Finding themselves in a quiet, idyllic seaside village, their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty. Can they begin a happier, sweeter life - without Dad? A charming, page-turning and heart-warming story from this beloved author.
Jacqueline Wilson - Double Act
Ruby and Garnet are ten-year-old twins. They're identical, and they do EVERYTHING together, especially since their mother died three years earlier - but they couldn't be more different. Bossy, bouncy, funny Ruby loves to take charge, and is desperate to be a famous actress, while quiet, sensitive, academic Garnet loves nothing more than to curl up with one of her favourite books. And when everything around the twins is changing so much, can being a double act work for ever?
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess
Sara Crewe is a very rich little girl. She first comes to England when she is seven, and her father takes her to Miss Minchin's school in London. Then he goes back to his work in India. Sara is very sad at first, but she soon makes friends at school. But on her eleventh birthday, something terrible happens, and now Sara has no family, no home, and not a penny in the world...
Noel Streatfeild - Harlequinade
When a circus is disbanded due to the war, the children are sent to live in the West country: Nick, son of the ringmaster; Andrea, the son of a clown; Sadie, the daughter of trapeze artists, who wants to be a ballerina; Serge, the son of a wire walker; and Nonie, Nick's adopted brother. Although people in the town are nice to them, the children feel like "aliens in a strange land" (Harlequinade, 1943:4). Through spring and summer, the children have been using a field as a practice place to work on their circus skills. One day, at the beginning of winter, they get lost in a mist, and arrive at the front door of an old man's house. He invites them in, and tells them the story of the Harlequinade.
Enid Blyton - More adventures of the Famous Five
The exciting exploits of the Famous Five have been a favourite with children over forty years. In this collection of adventures, Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog get involved with a circus, explore secret caves, catch smugglers imprisoned in a mysterios old house.
Eric Knight - Lassie Come-Home
Lassie is Joe’s prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe’s father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland—too far a journey for any dog to make alone. But Lassie is not just any dog. First published in 1940, Lassie Come-Home has become one of the best-loved dog stories in the world. This beautiful edition showcases the original text and illustrations within a striking new jacket.
Jonathan Stroud - The Leap
Charlie is devastated by the tragic accident up at a disused mill pool involving her best friend, Max. Refusing to believe Max is dead, she embarks on an emotional journey in her dreams, where she believes she can see Max just ahead of her on the road. Soon her dreamworld becomes more important to her than anything else until this fantasy and real life begin to merge and give rise to strange events in the everyday world. With the help of her brother James, Charlie steers herself through the dangers and learns to face the truth and find a way of living after Max.
Jacqueline Wilson - The Suitcase Kid
When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me Andy is fed up with being constantly moved from A to B, from Mum's new home to Dad's new home. Why can't she and Radish, her special mascot, go back to their lovely old home, Mulberry Cottage?
Frances Hodgson Burnett - Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a novel by the English-American writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, her first children's novel. It was published as a serial in St. Nicholas Magazine from November 1885 to October 1886, then as a book by Scribner's (the publisher of St. Nicholas) in 1886. The illustrations by Reginald B. Birch set fashion trends and the novel set a precedent in copyright law when Burnett won a lawsuit in 1888 against E. V. Seebohm over the rights to theatrical adaptations of the work.
Philip Pullman - The Gas-Fitters' Ball
Part of The New Cut Gang Series. The New Cut Gang is a group of urchins in 1892. Lambeth Walk and the New Cut bristles with gangsters, bookies, pickpockets, swindlers, horse thieves and the occasional tentative policeman. The gang discover a cache of counterfeit gold sovereigns and are pursued by its murderous owner.
Celia Rees - Pirates!
When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in eighteenth century West Indies they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first, a slave forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second, a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families. But Fate ensures that one terrible night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first person narrative Celia Rees has created a wonderful novel in which the past is brought vividly and intimately to life.