Shrinking Violet by Jean Ure

Shrinking Violet

Written by Jean Ure
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Shrinking Violet by Jean Ure

The fifth gloriously funny and poignant book in Jean Ure's series of `secret' diary stories. Lily and Violet are twins - physically identical but quite opposite in character. Lily is brash, up-front and in your face. Lily Loudmouth, her dad calls her. Violet is timid and shy. She lives very much in Lily's shadow - a shrinking violet. Finding it difficult to make friends, Violet finds the perfect solution in Katie, her new pen pal. Soon the two are writing at a fast and furious pace and become very attached to each other. That is, until Katie suggests that they meet...


Shrinking VioletGrown-ups love Bridget Jones

's.Liverpool Echo

Excellent for any nine-up and will almost certainly lead to an addiction to Ure.Observer

As an example of pre-adolescent confessional writing, this story is faithfully realistic.Independent

Becky Bananas`The writing transcends any trace of heaviness.'Guardian

Fruit and Nutcase`Jean Ure never puts a foot wrong.'Daily Telegraph

The Secret Life of Sally Tomato`Rhymes, sauciness, letters, irony, comedy, comic characters... a proper little turn-on for boys. A must-buy book.'Books for Keeps'

About the Author

Jean Ure

Jean Ure was born in Surrey, and when growing up, knew that she was going to be a writer but she also wanted to be a ballet dancer.

She wrote her first novel when she was six years old which was about a little girl called Carol. Jean spent her teenage years writing and had her first book published when she was just sixteen – an event that prompted her to leave school the following year to continue writing. However she spent the next several years ‘scrubbing floors, waiting at tables, selling groceries’. Jean also worked as a nurse and at the BBC before enrolling at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she met her husband. She worked for several years in Paris as a translator for DATO and UNESCO and wrote romantic novels. Jean Ure is a well-known, respected and high-profile author whose numerous other titles, which include Love And Kisses, Star Crazy Me and, most recently, Jelly Baby, have received critical acclaim.

Jean is a vegan and animal lover. She lives with her husband, seven dogs and two cats in a 300 year old house in Croydon.

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

1st July 2002



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