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A Spoonful of Jam

Written by Michelle Magorian

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Best-selling Michelle Magorian brings the magic of theatre and the joys – and terrors – of performance to life in this exciting, funny and touching story about Elie’s first excursion onto the stage. Set after World War Two has ended but with its legacy still very much affecting everyone’s lives, A Spoonful of Jam tells how Elsie manages to avoid the horrible gang who seem to be out to get her by securing a part in play at the local theatre. It’s a roller coaster of an experience for shy Elise which has a profound effect not only on her but on her whole family. Michelle Magorian is a storyteller with a rare gift for getting to the heart of family life.

A Spoonful of Jam Synopsis

A classic war story from the award-winning author of Goodnight, Mister Tom. A Spoonful of Jam will truly capture your heart and mind. The war is over but Elsie is still fighting her own battles. She's bullied because she's the only scholarship pupil at the grammar school, and she has an awkward relationship with her father as he struggles to assume a normal life after fighting in the war. But when she begins working at the local theatre, Elsie discovers she can escape...

A Spoonful of Jam is the second of The Hollis Family books, followingCuckoo in the Nest.

A Spoonful of Jam Press Reviews

'The author has a wonderful gift for hanging a richly woven tapestry around an essentially simple frame.'  Times Education Supplement

The book is a treat. A masterly work. Philip Pullman, Guardian.


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ISBN: 9781405277013
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405277013
Publication date: 06/05/2008
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405277013
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Michelle Magorian
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

About Michelle Magorian

Michelle Magorian is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent children’s writers of historical family drama and of books set around the Second World War. She may not be a household name but that’s purely because she doesn’t write as frequently as those more obvious bestselling novelists. Just Henry is her seventh novel. Unlike some authors Magorian writes when the time is right having first undertaken considerable research, followed by a lot of thinking time before actually putting pen to paper and then there’s always the very important rewrites to polish the story. Magorian ...

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