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  • Published: 1 December 2006
  • ISBN: 9780440867739
  • Imprint: Yearling
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

The Suitcase Kid




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

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…

  • Published: 1 December 2006
  • ISBN: 9780440867739
  • Imprint: Yearling
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

About the authors

Jacqueline Wilson

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 www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk

Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the Park, You Choose and Pants. He has 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 stellar success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson's books. Nick lives in Brighton.

Praise for The Suitcase Kid

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

The Guardian

Anguish and humour combine to create a powerful story describing Andrea's feelings when her parents divorce. The alphabetically arranged chapters are self-contained yet link to portray an emotional journey through bewilderment and jealousy. This is an unsentimental story, skilfully combining realism with humour

Junior Education

A very sensitive account of what could very well happen in a similar family situation

The Junior Bookshelf

The Story of Tracy Beaker was well received, and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize; her new novel, The Suitcase Kid is, I think, even better.... Jacqueline Wilson finds humour in this very poignant situation, and her storytelling is stylish

The Bookseller

'Andrea's story becomes one of great perception, poignancy and humour; perhaps one of the most memorable children's books I have read' CLAI, Children's Books in Ireland

'To portray divorce with humour and sympathy takes great skill and Jacquline Wilson demonstrates she has this in abundance with this delightful book. ... A wonderful, moving, yet funny book - a special read' Books for Your Children

'Honest, angry, sometimes sad and always very readable. There is also a near-happy ending, which is both moving and for the most part credible. Adults could learn something here about the emotional turmoil suffered by a child with divided loyalties' The Times Educational Supplement

'Refreshingly moral-free .... much Adrian-Mole like observations of adult shortcomings, and an ending which, though upbeat, is realistic and believable' Daily Telegraph

FCBG Pick of the Year - 'Sensitively written... realistic and moving story'

'Jacqueline Wilson's light touch makes the story of how Andy adapts to her new, two-family existence when her parents divorce both especially readable and especially poignant. ... JW has real insight into Andy's confusion and pain' Children's Books of the Year 1993

No 7 in Bookseller 3/l2/93 bestsellers for children aged 6 plus

No 6 in bestsellers for 8-lls in Mail on Sunday l2.l2.93

No 7 in paperback bestsellers list for 6-llyear olds in Sunday Telegraph l2.9.93; and again 5.l2.93

'Endearing reading.... Andrea's story is far from gloomy. On the contrary, her predicament is told with humour and understanding... Jacqueline Wilson has written her best children's book yet with this one. It will help anyone at the wrong end of family rows' Daily Mail, Junior Book of the Week

'Jacqueline Wilson has taken a very sensitive subject as the theme for her latest book,... The book does succeed in expressing the very real pain many children feel in Andy's position; and some children may take comfort from the realisation that they are not alone' The School Librarian

Short review in conjunction with an article on the future of children's fiction

Daily Telegraph

No. 15 in list of most borrowed children's fiction (Jul 2003 - Jun 2004)

North-West Evening Mail

'Wilson is uncannily accurate in her portrayal of a young girl who is feeling very much uprooted, unloved and alone.'

Magistrate

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