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Dancing the Charleston

Written by Jacqueline Wilson

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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Dancing the Charleston Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Historical Fiction

The roaring twenties provide the background for Jacqueline Wilson story of family love

Jacqueline Wilson is as at home writing about the past as she is writing about contemporary times and this story of Mona growing up in the 1920s is full of her trademarks: a booky little heroine, an unconventional family, creativity rewarded, and the importance of love and honesty. Mona lives with her aunty who works her fingers to the bone as a seamstress to support her niece. Their home is the gamekeeper’s cottage in the grounds of the local landowners’ estate and as the story unfolds Mona’s life becomes intertwined with the aristocratic Somersets, for all her lowly birth. The post-war period with its new sense of freedom and expression is brilliantly evoked, and Mona’s journey of self-discovery perfectly matches the new era. With a special guest appearance by Hetty Feather this is classic Wilson and will thoroughly enchant her legions of fans.

Andrea Reece

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Village life in the 1920s is vividly portrayed in this brand-new story with its fascinating cast of characters. Alongside wonderful images of the Somerset Estate, there are also perfect descriptions of trips to London where the sights, sounds and smells of the 1920s city are brought to life.

Dancing the Charleston Synopsis

A new sparkling and glamorous novel from the beloved, bestselling children's author, Jacqueline Wilson!

In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt - a dressmaker to the lady of the house. Life on the edge of the Somerset Estate means that Mona knows she will never have a life full of beautiful clothes and riches. But soon, that will all change . . .

When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, Mona is propelled into a life of razzle-dazzle parties, new Bohemian friends and wonderful trips to London. However, even with these changes Mona discovers that she cannot dance away from her past.

A glittery trip back in time, from the author of Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker!

Dancing the Charleston Press Reviews

'Wild glamour, class conflict, buried secrets and a cameo appearance by Hetty Feather are all delivered with Wilson's inimitable, intensely readable flair, interspersed with Nick Sharratt's cheery illustrations' - The Guardian

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ISBN: 9780440871675
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857535191
Publication date: 18/04/2019
Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780440871675
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Historical Fiction

About Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold. As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. Jacqueline is also ...

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