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True-to-life, at times very emotional, but totally and utterly unputdownable. That’s what my 12 year old said of it. She read it virtually in one sitting and she’s not a book worm. In fact, I’d say she’s quite reluctant at times to pick up a book.
When Jayni, her mum and little brother have to run away from her abusive father, it starts off as a big adventure. They slip out at night, go up to London by train and stay in a hotel. But when the money runs out and reality bites, is it still a game they should play?
A natural storyteller ... compulsive reading Guardian
Optimism and despair come in equal parts in Wilson's child-centred contemporary dramas Oxford Times
I loved this book. It is honest and sensitive and a really quick read - that's because you'll need to keep turning the pages to find out what happens to Lola Rose, and Kendall, and her mum ... highly recommended Reading Matters
A truly great read! Yorkshire Post
The fact that it doesn't end in a fairy tale happy ever after makes it more realistic because life isn't like that! Boox: nine
|Publication date:||4th March 2004|
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012. Click here to see her selection of books. Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.One of ...More About Jacqueline Wilson