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Candy Harper is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing for Young People. She grew up in a rather small house in Oxfordshire and as the fourth of five sisters found it was often hard to get a word in edgeways, so she started writing down her best ideas. It's probably not a coincidence that her first 'book' featured an orphan living in a deserted castle. She has been a Waterstone's bookseller, a teacher and the person who puts those little stickers on apples.
Candy is married and has a daughter named after Philip Pullman's Lyra.
This is the follow-up to the brilliantly funny debut from Candy Harper, Have a Little Faith. We asked some of our readers to review Have a Little Faith....here's a taster....'a funny coming of age book about Faith who is just starting Year 10… And she's already in trouble' Read more reviews here.
August 2013 Book of the Month Teen life is brilliantly captured in fourteen year old Faith’s funny and sharp observations on her new start in year 10. School is hard enough at the best of times but now, on top of everything, Faith is split up from her best friend. She joins a choir to meet the boys from Radcliffe only to find out that understanding boys and singing can easily get to be too much!, and she begins to make new friends. Faith packs a lot into one action-filled term and readers will revel in following her every step of the way. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Have a Little Faith... a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a funny coming of age book about Faith who is just starting Year 10… And she's already in trouble Scroll down to read more reviews...
'A touching story about sisters and friendships, gentle and warm and funny' Jacqueline Wilson on The Strawberry Sisters: Perfectly EllaTHERE'S NEVER A DULL MOMENT WITH THE STRAWBERRY SISTERS! Ella, the quiet sister, is desperate to learn how to speak up. Drama-queen Amelia wishes someone would recognise she's a star. Little Lucy has declared war on the grumpy old lady next door. Then there's thrill-seeker Chloe. Her rugby coach thinks she should take things more seriously but Chloe just wants to have fun and she's come up with the ultimate plan for a good time. It's crazy, risky and completely Chloe. What could possibly go wrong? Praise for THE STRAWBERRY SISTERS 'Candy Harper introduces thoughtful, self-conscious Ella and her three sisters, all beautifully rounded characters in an utterly believable family.' The Bookseller 'Told with plenty of touches of humour, this is a superb story about families, love and being there for one another' Parents in Touch
There's never a dull moment with the Strawberry Sisters! Little Lucy has a scheme to get popular, but if you want to keep all your hair, you'd better not ask what it is. Chloe's facing the fight of her life and this time she can't win it with her fists. Ella would just like everyone to stop shouting so she can do her homework. Then there's Amelia. The moody big sister. Except Amelia's decided to ditch the sulks and the sarcastic remarks. But that's not so easy when your best friend is keeping secrets, your mum won't even let you babysit and you're terrified to do a solo in the school concert. Amidst all the chaos, is Amelia ready to grow up and grab the spotlight?
I haven't had a very good Easter holiday. It's hard to hop about like a happy bunny when the boy you like has started seeing someone else. And while we're on the subject, why is it always the wrong boy who ends up confessing his undying love to you? Talk about awkward. My BFF is being weird and refusing to come on the French Exchange - when she should know that this is exactly when I need her the most. Mrs RamsBOTTOM is trying to sabotage my plans to be prefect, my arch nemesis Icky is still intent on ruining my life and I'm pretty sure exams should be outlawed. I'm going to have to work pretty hard if I want to spend several hours a day lounging about, eating biscuits. . .
'A touching story about sisters and friendships. Gentle and warm and funny.' Jacqueline Wilson Meet the Strawberry Sisters! Oldest sister Ameliawants to be Left Alone to have deep thoughts, so she's grown a fringe to hide under. Second up is Chloe who's sport-crazy and in training to be a wrestling star (this week anyway). Littlest sister Lucyis the cute one who's training an army of earwigs.Then there's Ella. The middle one who's still trying to work out what makes her 'perfectly Ella' and how to stand out in a house full of big personalities. And now there's a new Strawberry Sister. Baby Kirsti who lives with Dad and his Finnish girlfriend. Along with her sisters and one very tired Mum who's struggling to keep it all together, Ella's small home is crammed with almost-finished homework, nearly-clean jumpers and a vampire bunny called Buttercup. With so much going on, life can sometimes feel totally crazy but the Strawberry sisters have a secret weapon against the craziness of the world they live in, each other.
Get ready for boy dilemmas, friendship dramas and madcap grannies - Faith is back! Will Faith make up her mind between the gorgeous Finn and the lovely Ethan and manage to get herself a real-life boyfriend? Will Mrs Cox finally get off her case and recognise Faith's true genius? Will Faith's family learn how to be normal, non-embarrassing people? Will Faith and her BFFs beat the world record for number of biscuits eaten in a minute? All these questions and more will be answered in the hilarious next installment of this brilliant new series from Candy Harper!
Year Ten has just begun and I'm already in trouble. The way Miss Ramsbottom acts you'd think I'm always causing explosions or giving teachers' radical haircuts (whereas it was just that one time). And now she's separated me from my best friend, Megs, which means I have no one to give me a piggy back or check for dangly bogies. At least the school is trying to make amends by bussing in boys for our choir. So I can stare at Dreamy Finn until he realises I'm the girl for him... except he's singing a duet with my sworn enemy and her big head keeps blocking my view. Fortunately, I've got a plan to solve both problems; as long as I'm careful with the squeezy cheese and the underage driving everything should be just fine . . .
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