A Spoonful Of Jam by Michelle Magorian

A Spoonful Of Jam

Written by Michelle Magorian

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A scholarship girl at the grammar school, Elsie has a lot of prove as she stands up for herself against school bullies and her father. Be sure to check out Just Henry, A Spoonful of Jam, A little Love Song, Cuckoo In The Nest and of course the classic Goodnight Mister Tom.


A Spoonful Of Jam by Michelle Magorian

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.


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


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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Publication date

6th May 2008




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