My Family and Other Freaks by Carol Midgley (author) (UK edition)

My Family and Other Freaks

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Danielle is doomed in love and has the parents from hell. Her mum and dad are embarrassingly scruffy and their car bonnet is a different colour to the rest of the car. Worst of all, they’re still in love, which is totally gross considering how ancient they are. Her best friend is a (nice) nerd, her love-rival is an airhead and her dog Simon is in love with an Ugg boot.

Despite all this, she hatches a plan – indeed many plans – to win the gorgeous Damien’s affections. But when she brings Simon to the park to show him off in front of Damien, a smelly little accident lands Danielle with the nickname ‘Dench the Stench’. Could things get any worse?

When Simon is accused of biting children in the neighbourhood and her Dad decides to have him taken away, Danielle’s life truly begins to unravel. And then her mother announces she’s pregnant – again – which gives Danielle’s schoolmates even more ammunition with which to make fun of her.

Will Damian ever notice her? Can she save Simon? And will Danielle ever live her family down?

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AR book level: 4.9; Middle years plus; 5.0 points



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  1. Katie, aged 12, Book Club Review Team
    on 21 August 2012

    Related to me alot

    I really liked how the characters were made as there were quite rich people and quite poor people. I especially liked the character Sean as he fancied Danielle but he kept it a secret. Throughout the book it was quite sad as the rich people were being horrible to the poor people so I had a lump in my throat. I think people around 10 – 14 years of age would enjoy the book as I really, really liked it. This book also related to me alot so that’s what made it special to me. I also really liked the storyline to the book because something new was always happening.

    5 out of 5

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