Written by Jacqueline Wilson
Lovereading4kids Price £10.39
£12.99 saving £2.60 (20%)
when in stock
As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.Compare book price We'd love you to buy your books from Lovereading - especially if we helped you to choose them! But as our mantra is guidance, and that includes guidance on price, please do use our 'Compare Book Price' service to discover if the best value deal is from Lovereading or another specialist bookstore.
Please login (or signup) to download the extract
You will need to Sign Up or Login before you can download a book extract.
To Sign Up all you need to do is give us your email address and a password and let us know the types of books you like. Thank you.
The Lovereading4Kids comment
Bestselling Jacqueline Wilson tells a fairy tale story of the unlikely intertwining of two very different families against a strong and realistic background. Destiny is growing up poor with her mum who does three jobs and struggles to pay the mortgage; Sunset lives in pampered luxury with her parents whose desire for celebrity status overshadows real family happiness. But the two girls are linked by their celebrity Dad. How can they get together and, when they do, how can they persuade all their parents that they really are great friends and sisters?
Little Darlings by Jacqueline Wilson
Sunset lives a life of luxury with her beautiful ex-model mum, her world-famous ex-rocker dad and two little celeb siblings. But life on the red carpet is no compensation for rowing parents, constant nagging, intensive media scrutiny and no real friends. Destiny, on the other hand, is an only child living on a rundown estate with a sickly but devoted mum who constantly tells her that she's really the daughter of a famous former rock star...When the two girls meet in unlikely circumstances, they are surprised to find in each other something they've been missing all their lives...
Review of ‘Little Darlings’ by Books for Keeps [4 stars]
After her foray back to Victorian times in Hetty Feather, Jacqueline Wilson returns with a tale of 21st-century culture that could not be more contemporary. Ageing rock star Danny Kilman is still famous enough to get parts in films and appear in happy family photoshoots for ‘Hi!’ magazine. Sunset, his daughter, hates the celebrity limelight however, and longs for privacy and peace instead of paps and rowing parents. Then she meets Destiny, a girl from a rundown estate who looks uncannily like her, and is named after a long-forgotten Danny Kilman song. The two girls begin an unlikely friendship, and support each other as the glitter starts to come off the rock star lifestyle. Ultimately, the real reason behind their close bond is revealed.
Little Darlings is another winning Jacqueline Wilson story, which her fans will devour like celeb-obsessed readers with the latest issue of Hello, particularly with Nick Sharratt’s lovely ‘Hi!’ magazine parody on the cover. It’s not just fluff however as Wilson also provides young wannabes with food for thought about the nature of fame, and the downsides of celebrity, as she probes beyond the groomed public faces of her characters. Despite the rather engineered coincidence employed to bring them together, the moment when Destiny performs with her father thus revealing her paternity to the world, is genuinely moving.
Where Little Darlings occasionally falls down is in the trueness of her young heroines’ voices, particularly Sunset. ‘I fashioned her a little apron out of a tissue and she bustled about the house, diligently dusting with her paw’ is how she describes Sunset playing with one of her teddies. Though this is a 10-year-old who has been forced to grow up fast when she doesn’t really want to, her vocabulary is sometimes over-sophisticated, and her turn of phrase harks back almost to Hetty Feather. One ‘old-fashioned’ element I would have liked more of was the letter correspondence between Sunset and Destiny which evolves because Destiny does not have e-mail.
Still, with Destiny and Sunset only just beginning their public lives as sisters, you wouldn’t bet against there one day being a sequel to this pleasurable novel.
About the Author
Interest Age: from 9 to 11
More books by Jacqueline Wilson
Author's Facebook Latest
Doubleday & Co Inc. an imprint of Random House Children's Books
4th March 2010
It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think toLorraine Woods
It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils
I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.Georgie Rowe – age 16
This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!Jemma Rubens, age 10
I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.Alexander Boxall – age 11
At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High
We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!Tracey Chorley
I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!Jessica Cobbin – age 7