A fabulous new novel that will be lapped up by all of Jacky’s millions of fans.
“A brilliant young writer of wit and subtlety.” -The Times
“Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance.” -Independent on Sunday
“Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues.” -Bookseller
From the Hardcover edition.
Intelligent and insightful look at family life and the unique bond that exists between siblings The Bookseller 20080215 This is another absorbing story that pulls the reader into the life and minds of the characters so you almost feel you are living it with them. A unputdownable read Primary Times 20080512 This is another winning formula from this former children’s laureate — Jayne Howarth Birmingham Post 20080322 A beautifully told and moving story of sisters, friendship and teenage rebellion Mid Devon Advertiser 20080307
From the Inside Flap
Pearl and Jodie are sisters. Pearl is the younger one, small, shy and axious. Jodie is nearly three years older, bold and brash and bad – and Pearl adores her. When their parents get new jobs at Melchester College, a Victorian gothic mansion, the girls spend a bizarre summer holiday in the boarding school with just a few leftover children for company. Things start to change now they are in their new home. Jodie has always been the leader – but now it’s Pearl who’s making new friends: tall, eccentric Harley and Mrs Wilberforce, the wife of the Head, with her library of wonderful books. Jodie just seems to be getting into more and more trouble – arguing with Mum, scaring the children, flirting with the young gardener . . .
When term begins, their strange summer is over. But things keep on changin for the sisters. Jodie really doean’t fit in with the posh teenagers in her class. Yet Pearl is blossoming. Maybe she doesn’t need Jodie as much as she used to. But Jodie needs her. And when the school celebration of firework night comes around and a tragic event occurs, Pearl realizes quite how much she does need her big sister . . . –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.