Lolly Luck by Ellie Daines

Lolly Luck

Written by Ellie Daines

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Lolly, just turning 11, tells the rollercoaster story that occurs as her life is turned upside down. Lolly’s life is good; she lives happily with her mum and dad and sister Zola in a lovely house with everything she needs. But, when her dad loses his job, everything begins to slip away, including the family home. Worst of all, when her parents are arguing, Lolly hears a terrible truth that will change her life forever. A gutsy, real-life story.


Lolly Luck by Ellie Daines

Lolly is Lolly Luck by name, lucky by nature. She always wins magazine competitions, on scratch cards and any game you can think of. But when Lolly's dad loses his job and then the family home, Lolly's luck starts to change.


'a non-preachy and wise look at the values of friendship and honesty in what you do. Daines tackles some big topics in this books - unemployment, loss of a home, marital infidelity and friendship - but does it with sensitivity and an understanding of the frailty of human nature.' - The Bookbag

'This is an assured debut from a writer who is of Afro-Caribbean descent and whose heroine shares this background. Told in the first person by Lolly, the narrative flows easily ..from the point of view of its lively, likeable heroine. At the same time Daines conveys subtly the powerful emotions provoked by the stressful events that occur.. The story is also full of excellently observed detail of the things that interest older primary children.' - Books for Keeps

'Well targeted at the Jacqueline Wilson/Cathy Cassidy market with strong, believable characters' - The Bookseller

‘You’ll be rooting for Lolly.’ - Karen McCombie

‘Great stuff. Readers will be cheering Lolly every step of he way.’ - Ally Kennen

About the Author

Ellie Daines

Ellie grew up in London and is of African Caribbean descent. Ellie studied Journalism at university and then spent several years working in online marketing, mainly within the not-for-profit sector. Lolly Luck is her first book. Ellie professes to watch too much TV and enjoying fashion, films and choc cornflakes.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th January 2012




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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