The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson

The Butterfly Club

Written by Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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February 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the triplets. She was so little when she was a baby and so ill that she very nearly died. Tina and her triplet sisters Phil and Maddie have always done everything together so, even though they just starting in the juniors, Mum is still very protective of her. But the scary teacher separates the triplets and Tina has to learn to manage on her own. Can she do it? Especially when she has to sit next to the ferocious Selma? Helped by butterflies, Tina finds a way to win through and, in doing so, to become far stronger than she has ever thought possible. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Tina, Phil and Maddie are triplets. They do everything together. However, when they go into Miss Lovejoy’s class, they get separated. Tina is very unhappy – she has been paired with the bully, Selma. Then Tina and Selma begin making a butterfly garden together, and things start to change. This compassionate and moving story shows how friendship can blossom in the unlikeliest of places. (Ages 8–11)
~ Andrea Rayner


The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson

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.


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

About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012. Click here to see her selection of books.

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. According to a recent Mori poll, Jacqueline was voted English children favourite children’s author. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 25 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

2011 saw the 20th Anniversary of her best known novel, The Story of Tracy Beaker,which is not only still hugely popular but has given life to two sequels and an award-winning TV series for CBBC.

Click here to download an interview with Jacqueline.

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400 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

12th February 2015




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