Reader Reviewed Turning to Jelly by Candy Guard

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Big school means big problems in the first book in this comic-book-style illustrated series about twelve-year-old Jelly Rowntree and her friends - perfect for fans of the Dork Diaries

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  • Cait Galbraith, age 8 - 'the most hilarious book I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Cajsa, age 9 - 'Very good book. It has lots of words for a journal. Good for 9+ and I didn't want to stop reading it.' Read full review >
  • Aimee Goldblum, age 9 - 'a hilarious book, very well written, it captures the attention of the reader. I’ve read it about three times now! It’s great for fans of any books written in diary style.' Read full review >
  • Rebekah, age 12 - 'Just starting high school, worried about what will happen on her first day, read this book to find out what happens!' Read full review >
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 8 - 'I thought this book was hilarious!' Read full review >
  • Rachel Ilsley, age 11 - 'Jelly is an extremely funny but thoughtful character; I felt that I knew Jelly by reading this amazing book...this book was hilarious and I could easily read this again.' Read full review >
  • Bailie Westbrook, age 11 - 'I loved it! It was like something a real girl starting secondary school would write in her diary, with real life scenarios. I finished to book in 4 days.' Read full review >
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman, age 7 - ''Turning to Jelly' is the best love reading book I’ve ever had.' Read full review >
  • Ruby Carlton, age 8 - 'I loved this book because the things that happed were most extraordinary!' Read full review >
  • Bella Perez, age 9 - 'it’s my favourite book and I’m reading it for the third time in a row now!' Read full review >
  • Abbie Wade, age 11 - 'This is one of the best books I have ever read, it is a book you would never get bored of.' Read full review >
  • Cara Anderson age 9 - 'Really funny book (especially the part with Julian's willy warmer.)' Read full review >
  • Alisha Boyce, age 10 - 'This is one of the best books I have come across. It’s written just like someone’s own dairy with lots of cool drawings on each of the pages.' Read full review >
  • Sathana, age 9 - 'I liked this book because it is a funny book...I loved it and rate it 10/10.' Read full review >


Turning to Jelly by Candy Guard

Jelly (who is wobbly only when she runs and when Roger Lovely is in the vicinity) and her dorky best friends Ruby and Myf are going to secondary school. They know it's time to be cool and stop playing with dolls in their secret club - the trouble is, none of them is cool at all. Jelly's mum and stepdad are like chalk (a bit screechy) and cheese (a bit smelly) and her brother accuses her of showing off even when she's not doing anything at all. They're not helping the cool situation either, until Jelly's mum suggests a birthday party ...

About the Author

Candy Guard established her reputation for comic observation with a highly successful strip cartoon in the Observer magazine and created Pond Life, an animated sitcom for Channel 4 that won numerous awards and both critical and popular acclaim. She now combines a career as a writer, animator and illustrator, and also teaches scriptwriting to film and animation students. Candy lives in Catford in South east London with her husband and their very overweight cat, Baddy. She also has three stepdaughters who help to remind her about being twelve. TURNING TO JELLY was her first book for children and she has just finished the follow up; Jelly Has a wobble.

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Book Info


224 pages
Interest Age: From 9


Candy Guard
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

14th August 2014




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