A Spoonful of Jam by Michelle Magorian

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Best-selling Michelle Magorian brings the magic of theatre and the joys – and terrors – of performance to life in this exciting, funny and touching story about Elie’s first excursion onto the stage. Set after World War Two has ended but with its legacy still very much affecting everyone’s lives, A Spoonful of Jam tells how Elsie manages to avoid the horrible gang who seem to be out to get her by securing a part in play at the local theatre. It’s a roller coaster of an experience for shy Elise which has a profound effect not only on her but on her whole family. Michelle Magorian is a storyteller with a rare gift for getting to the heart of family life.


A Spoonful of Jam by Michelle Magorian

A classic war story from the award-winning author of Goodnight, Mister Tom. A Spoonful of Jam will truly capture your heart and mind. The war is over but Elsie is still fighting her own battles. She's bullied because she's the only scholarship pupil at the grammar school, and she has an awkward relationship with her father as he struggles to assume a normal life after fighting in the war. But when she begins working at the local theatre, Elsie discovers she can escape...

A Spoonful of Jam is the second of The Hollis Family books, followingCuckoo in the Nest.


'The author has a wonderful gift for hanging a richly woven tapestry around an essentially simple frame.' Times Education Supplement

The book is a treat. A masterly work. Philip Pullman, Guardian.

About the Author

Michelle Magorian

Michelle Magorian is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent children’s writers of historical family drama and of books set around the Second World War. She may not be a household name but that’s purely because she doesn’t write as frequently as those more obvious bestselling novelists. Just Henry is her seventh novel. Unlike some authors Magorian writes when the time is right having first undertaken considerable research, followed by a lot of thinking time before actually putting pen to paper and then there’s always the very important rewrites to polish the story. Magorian loves the research and the writing in equal measure but particularly loves writing dialogue.

Interestingly, Magorian’s first love when she was younger was to be an actress but she also loved writing and day dreaming – the perfect combination for a successful novelist.
Here at Lovereading4kids we urge parents and children to try out the wonderful writing, experience the roller-coaster of emotions you’ll get from reading a Michelle Magorian novel. We’re confident you’ll be swept up into a time and place that should never be forgotten.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

26th February 2015




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