Skinny Melon and Me by Jean Ure


Skinny Melon and Me by Jean Ure

This is the first title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children. Cherry's mother has just re-married, much to Cherry's disgust. The worst thing about her step-father is his name: Roland Butter. Can you imagine? Cherry's best friend, Skinny Melon, is a sounding board for all Cherry's angsts - Roland's allergies for one - who wants a wimpy step-father, all sniffly and red-eyed? All this and curried compost school dinners to contend with. But when Roland starts sending Cherry coded messages, her curiosity is aroused. Will she ever learn to live with, and even like, Roland Butter?


Jean Ure's books are funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads! - Jacqueline Wilson Praise for Passion Flower: A funny and realistic read - we loved it. - Mizz Praise for Pumpkin Pie: The heroine I've been waiting for. - Times Praise for Shrinking Violet: Excellent for any nine-up and will almost certainly lead to an addiction to Ure. - The Observer Praise for Becky Bananas: The writing transcends any trace of heaviness. - The Guardian And jere's just a sample of what children are saying about Jean's fantastic new character-led series, Frankie Foster: Amazing! Full of shocks and surprises on every page! Beth, age 9 Fizzy Pop was so exciting, I couldn't put it down! Emily, age 11 Frankie Foster steps out of the pages of this spell-binding book and comes to life. Imogen, age 12

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 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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208 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

9th June 2011



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