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Pearl and Jodie are like chalk and cheese. Pearl is quiet and cautious. Jodie is brash and bold and bad – and Pearl adores her. But when their parents get new jobs as a cook and caretaker at a fusty old boarding school, the sisters have to move… and everything starts to change.

Jodie has always been the leader – but now it’s Pearl who’s making new friends. Pearl fits in with the posh teenagers at the school, while Jodie seems to be getting into more and more trouble. Maybe Pearl just doesn’t need Jodie like she used to… but Jodie needs her. And when Fireworks Night explodes with a tragedy, Pearl remembers how much she needs her big sister too… A moving and powerful story of sisterhood from the UK’s best-loved author.

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9780552554435

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  • 248 pages
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Jacqueline Wilson

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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 countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. Since having her daughter, Emma, she has been writing full time.

Her insightful and emotionally challenging books not only stretch reading ability, but give young readers a glimpse into many kinds of lives. Smart girls, strong girls, bad girls, brave girls. Girls keeping their families going, girls trying to get away… Jacqueline Wilson’s written about them all! These powerful stories of plucky girls in difficult circumstances won’t fail to strike a chord.

She has written over 70 best-selling books, and several have even been adapted for TV – most famously The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her signing sessions attract huge crowds of fans and last for hours! Over 25 million copies of her books have now been sold in the UK alone.

In 2007 Jacky Daydream was published, an inspirational true story of how a shy schoolgirl became a superstar author. This was followed by My Secret Diary, a captivating account of Jacky’s teenage years.

In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools, and she was the Children’s Laureate from 2005-2007. She also became a Dame in December 2007.

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  1. Hayley 113303

    Maddie2005
    on 28 December 2016

    OMG i loved this book it is really touching . i like how jodie looked after pearl. i think harley and pearl will be best freinds. it really sad that jodie fell out of the tower [it was so tall] but i know pearl is going to be a better sister than jodie and look after her baby sister may.

    5out of 5
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    Billionairebookworm
    on 24 December 2016

    Amazing The surprise at the end is soooo cool!!!

    5out of 5
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    toneash
    on 22 October 2015

    i am trying to read it

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    bookworm823
    on 13 April 2014

    I love My Sister Jodie so much, it’s my favourite book as you can see on my profile. I think this is a really good book because it shows how two extremely different girls with different personalities can be so close. It is also really exiting, and once you start you can’t put the book down! Overall, I think it’s a really exciting, well-written amazing book.

    5out of 5
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    books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

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    AngelofDeath
    on 8 March 2014

    A really moving story, I loved reading it.

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    bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    I really hated the ending it was really tragic. But the rest of it was good.

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    Booklover0109
    on 5 March 2014

    Love this book but very sad!!!

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    xoluchix
    on 31 August 2013

    HI I loved My Sister Jodie. It was very dramatic and drastic. My favourite character is Pearl, Jodie and Harley. I hated Jed, despite he’s so cool and casual he’s a total JERK!!!

    5out of 5
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    nastyboots
    on 5 July 2013

    dramatic but understandably the way it goes

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    johno45
    on 12 June 2013

    on my last post that was for the book lola rose sorry

    5out of 5
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    PrincessLeyla
    on 11 May 2013

    WOW THIS BOOK IS AMAZING BEST EEVER BOOK I THINK AND LUCKY ME BECAUSE ON WORLD BOOK DAY JACQUELINE WILSON IS COMING TO MY SCHOOL HOW AMAZING:))))))))

  13. Bellasara 113282

    bailey91
    on 25 April 2013

    i love this book il read it over and over again

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    sophiepusskiss
    on 11 April 2013

    Bril- funny, sad and silly, loved it :)

    5out of 5
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    Marmalade2002
    on 22 March 2013

    This book is sooo good I could read it all the time. Everyone should read Jacqueline Wilson is such a good author. Her books are so good, they explain about every day life. They make you feel empathetic and sympathetic.

    5out of 5
  16. Bellasara 113282

    samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    A brilliant book, but it has some very sad bits.

    5out of 5
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    KarlMagic33
    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

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    bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

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    PikaGirl
    on 5 March 2013

    It brilliant, Just brilliant. It made me cry though. I love it. Good job Jaqueline Wilson!

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    taylalol
    on 4 March 2013

    It was so sad I started crying this book is so emotional and breath taking but still good

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    lap312i
    on 4 March 2013

    i loved this book

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    a11timehorses
    on 4 March 2013

    I love this book it is very exciting

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    Sherlock25
    on 4 March 2013

    A really heart breaking story about the live of two teenaged girls, moving to a boarding school with their parents, made me cry at the end and it’s one of those books that I can read over and over again :)

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    stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    it makes you laugh, and cry. it is so unpredictable

    5out of 5
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    bouncybunny
    on 4 March 2013

    I enjoyed this book a lot when I got it for christmas the ending suprised me alittle though

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    lucysuperdream
    on 4 March 2013

    I read the exstract and it was awsome i cant wait to read the rest of this :)

    5out of 5
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    totalbookworm
    on 2 March 2013

    My all time favorite book. This book still brings tears to my eyes when I read it, after more than 2 years after first reading it. No book can be as lovely as this one.

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    Emster123
    on 10 January 2013

    I love this book sooo much! Jacqueline Wilson has really done a great job writing this book and has got into the head of the main character in an interesting way and has explained the book in much detail. This book is sad, funny and most of all, heartbreaking. You feel at the edge of your seat the whole time and you feel that you can’t put the book down, it’s addictive!!! It took me a couple of days to read this and after I’d finished it, I felt that I had to read it again and again and again! Strange! I would say that this book is for older readers, but I would recommend it to anyone anyway! X

    5out of 5
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    cookiequeen123
    on 20 December 2012

    This book is a heart warming book by my ALL TIME FAVOURITE author Jacqueline Wilson. I’d recommend this book for people who like the books Cookie (Jacqueline Wilson) & Little Darlings (Jacqueline Wilson)

    5out of 5
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    fudge91230
    on 20 November 2012

    It is quite scary but then it is meant for older people. I have read this but i dont want to spoil it and if i did spoil it i would tell you the ending

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    madistar23
    on 29 August 2012

    Sad and captivating story. Recommended fro everyone.

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    Wildcat95
    on 17 June 2012

    This book is so touching. I cried from when Jodie falls till the end.

    5out of 5
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    Enzi
    on 8 June 2012

    This book was amazing. It kept me entertained and wanting more. It was really interesting. I was shocked at the loss of the main character also. Definite Reccomendation.

    5out of 5
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    saraah4lyf
    on 6 May 2012

    I thought it was AMAZING!!! bUT it was sad at the end.

    4out of 5
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    GogirlOMG
    on 30 April 2012

    well here goes, i’ve been dodging this book because i am a fan on Jacqueline Wilsons website. I watched the trailer and thought that it may be too sad and frighting however, IM GIVING IT A GO X PLEASE WISH ME LUCK

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    tee10
    on 10 April 2012

    I think that it is very sad

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    leanney13
    on 26 March 2012

    i love this book its great im pg 156 it is funny cant wait to read my next book ’’lovely dacilling’’ :)

    5out of 5
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    Class9
    on 18 March 2012

    So far what I have read of my sister Jodie I am really enjoying it I am going to buy it so I can finish reading it

    4out of 5
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    AmyXx
    on 6 March 2012

    Sad book… but still loved it:’)

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    mutemath4ever
    on 6 March 2012

    This is a really sad book, that they are making into a movie. It’s about a girl and her sister, her sister always breaks the rules and when both of them have to go to boarding school but with their mum and dad who are the school’s cooks. It has a sad ending but it’s still a good book for ages 11+

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    pawprint2
    on 3 March 2012

    I was gonna get this at the library but when i was looking at it a girl came up and took it real quick :(

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    kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    exciting, funny, interesting, with a sad twist at the end – a great book!

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    aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    I love it but I still can’t get over the end.

    5out of 5
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    salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    2 sisters who are extremly close but then 1 dies so what will the other sister do? an ok book but can be improved

    3out of 5
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    embilly
    on 11 January 2012

    it was briliant i thingk it was sad but it was still good

    4out of 5
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    Daydreamer1094
    on 9 January 2012

    My Sister Jodie is my favorite book ever! Though its very sad. I cried for ages when I read the book. I felt very sorry for Pearl. Pearl wanted her stories to have a happy ending. But she didn’t have one. I’m a happy ending girl myself! But My Sister Jodie is the best book ever!

    5out of 5
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    michaeljackson1407
    on 7 January 2012

    I’ve just read this and seriously, I cried! The tragedy broke my heart and i fell into the shoes of Pearl everytime i read it. xx

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    11bee
    on 10 November 2011

    i have read this and it is very sadbut that should not put you off because it is a very nice touching book. x

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    BookWorm999
    on 29 October 2011

    This is my favourite book ever it is the the best book in the world even though it doesn’t actually have a happy ending. Anyway I’m not a fan for happy endings anyway.

    5out of 5
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    Habzz
    on 5 October 2011

    Awesome book!!! Though Pearl wants all her novels to have happy endings it doesn’t seem she has! But now as she will be the big Sister maybe it won’t be so sad. I hated when Jodie died because she is soooo much like my sister Sammy!

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    dankla
    on 2 October 2011

    Awesome book!!! Though Pearl wants all her novels to have happy endings it doesn’t seem she has! But now as she will be the big Sister maybe it won’t be so sad. I hated when Jodie died because she is soooo much like my sister Sam!!

    5out of 5
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    kizziefizzy
    on 24 September 2011

    this book is so good…

    i think this is for older readers maybe 11+

    it has a very sad ending

    5out of 5
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    xSairax
    on 13 August 2011

    This is a great book, but its really sad at the end. It reminds me of my sister, I think Jodie’s hilarious.

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    stardustbell
    on 9 July 2011

    This is a beautiful book. I love it to pieces. I don’t want to spoil anything but all I’m going to say was that it isn’t the happiest book. It makes you laugh and CRY and I love it. Hint hint have a box of tissue near you when you read this.

    5out of 5
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    Bookworld82
    on 2 July 2011

    this book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
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    elliebob
    on 22 June 2011

    by far the longest jacqueline wilson book i ever read, but its BRILLIANT

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    Tharsi
    on 6 June 2011

    IT IS A FABULOUS BOOK!!! WARNING FOR SOFTIES IT IS A REALLY CRYING STORY ESPECIALLY AT THE END.YOU WILL CRY BUCKETS!!!! A SENSATIONAL FIVE STAR FROM ME!

    5out of 5
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    uzma91
    on 29 April 2011

    like it

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    Mini-book-worm
    on 11 April 2011

    This is a really good book. Jodie is Pearl’s sister and she is always getting into trouble. Jodie and Pearl move to Melcheser College. Pearl is happy there but Jodie isn’t. She gets bullied by the rest of the 8th grade, she is really cheeky to her teacher but she is good with little children.

    When Jodie does something, really, really, really, really, really bad to herself involvling a tower, Pearl crying and the whole school, the family is never the same again!

    The language in this book is really discriptive so I would advise you not to read it before bed!

    My favourite part is when Jodie does the mysterious bad thing. Sorry I can’t tell you, because that would be telling too much.

    There are way too many characters for me to tell you about so I will just discribe the main ones. There is Jodie who is adventurous, Pearl who is good at making friends, Harley who loves badgers, mum who gets really irritated and dad who calls her his princess. The Wilbur-Forces are the headmaster and his wife – Mrs Wilbur-Force is in a wheelchair after falling down the tower stairs. The teachers are all really nice, but Miss French and mum don’t really get along! Then there’s Jedd the gardener (or if you want to call him the heartbreaker you can!), who killed a badger.

    Because it is so discriptive, I would recommend it to children aged 8 or older.

    This is probably one of the best and longest children’s books ever. For that reason, and many more, I give it 5 very mischevious, clever joking Jodies.

    Enjoy!!!

    5out of 5
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    Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 11 April 2011

    I like Pearl because she’s younger than Jodie,small, shy and anxious. However, Jodie is the opposite, she’s 3 yrs older than Pearl and is bad, Pearl adores her. Their parents get a new jobs at Melchester College(apparently a posh school!) and the girls are suddenly pushed into a new life. I don’t like Jodie very much because she tells Pearl what to do and bosses her around. My favourite part was when they were celebrating Pearl’s birthday and Harley and her stare into each other’s eyes.

    Safa, age 11

    4out of 5
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    Dizneygirl1
    on 9 March 2011

    read part of it and fantastic

    5out of 5
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    coolcasey
    on 9 March 2011

    I relly want to read this is it good after chapter 1?

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    gethi
    on 3 March 2011

    The ending is so sad!

    5out of 5
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    happy98
    on 3 March 2011

    really good book….sad near ending…nealy about to cry :’(

    4out of 5
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    funky11
    on 3 March 2011

    so good but very sad in the end

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    cooliekylie
    on 3 March 2011

    I love the book My Sister Jodie, it was the saddest book I had ever read and I couldn’t help crying,I thought Jodie was the most bubbliest girl I had ever seen. Her behavior struck to me as my own careless self (though I am not THAT rude!) She wasn’t what you would call a little lady, she was more straightforward and frank because on page 17, the ninth line refers to her attitude: Jodie made a very unladylike noise.”We like it here, don’t we, Pearl?We don’t want to go to some awful-jolly-hockey-sticks boarding school” I mean….GREAT! She knew how to stand up when things didn’t go accordingly to HER wishes. As for Pearl,she was an obedient and kind little girl who was faithful to her elder sister.:) I really loved this book and I recommend it to everyone who wants to have a good read.

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    cazz235
    on 13 February 2011

    I loved this book sad ending realy didn’t expect that!

    5out of 5
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    Jodie22
    on 5 February 2011

    Ilove this book (SO FAR)

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    ilovepopcornmmm
    on 2 February 2011

    I haven’t read this yet but I’m preeeeeetty sure it’s going to coooooooooool!!!

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    dulcemoni
    on 26 December 2010

    I loved this book! I couldnt stop readin’ it :) However , I really hated the ending since it was real sad ”/

    5out of 5
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    rubyredfort
    on 16 December 2010

    This book is very amusing and has a little of a twist at the end. I found it spooky at times and it totally gav me shock at the end. I think teenagers would be best to read this. Jaqueline Wilson is a brilliant author. Now I am reading another one of her books, hetty feather.

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    glitterdolphin
    on 27 April 2010

    Its my favourite book ever .I dont like Jed,but I LOVE Harley.He likes animals and so do I.

    5out of 5
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    ilovebooks19
    on 15 April 2010

    I loved this book. My personal faveroite book out of all the books by Jacqueline i’ve read. This book made me cry! So sad.

    5out of 5
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    ilovebookz-97
    on 10 April 2010

    I l♥ove this book i have readit and it is ANOTHER amazing book by my best auther Jaqline Wilson it is quite sad at the end BUT… i do recomend it!

    5out of 5
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    jelly1045
    on 1 October 2009

    i absolutely loved it! i really like Jacqueline Wilson aswell. it has happy and sad in it which makes it good.

    5out of 5
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    izzybea
    on 23 September 2009

    i love this book so far but i’ve lost the book so i can’t carry on and i would love to finish it

    3out of 5
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    HolzyBabieexx
    on 22 September 2009

    OMG!! This Is My Fav Book But My Worst At The Same Time!! I LOVE IT!! Please Just Read The Book!! It Wud Mean A Lot To Pearl If She Was A Real Person! But Ive Read It Twice Now And It Never Gets Old! =[ I Think I Might Cry Now Thinki9ng About It!!

    HolzyBabieexx

    Read The Book Please!!

    5out of 5
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    Dee-Dee-Dumpster
    on 25 August 2009

    I Liked this book but the end is sad! Big Fan of Jacqeline Wilson!

    4out of 5
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    Cookie77
    on 11 July 2009

    This book was amazing, I’m currently reading it a 3rd time! I liked Jodie, and all her dilemmas. One of Jacqueline’s best books yet!

    5out of 5
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    Megz12132
    on 29 June 2009

    This book is great. The strange thing i9s it has a happy beginning and a sad end. I was crying at the end! Thats what Jaqueline Wilson’s books do to you!

    5out of 5
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    kacy54750
    on 4 June 2009

    I love this book my fave character is Jodie and at the end Im feeling so sorry for Pearl and for Jodie and I wish that thing wouldnt happend

    5out of 5
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    Thingymabob2
    on 27 May 2009

    This book was really good, the end was really sad,(i was crying), even still, I just couldn’t put it down! You just have to read this book!

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    Eeep-eeep
    on 20 May 2009

    i completely fell in love with this book and its my favourite book by wilson and i think its a healthy helping of tragerdy and comic, its funny yet sad, for those who havent read it, prepare to cry!

    5out of 5
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    Magicalm
    on 7 April 2009

    This book was perfect.It was my first Jacueline Wilson hardback.Jodie was wacky.It was sooooooooooooooo sad at the end.5 stars.

    5out of 5
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    Mehmoona
    on 1 March 2009

    Pearl and Jodie go to to a high standered school caled Malchester Collage. Jodie dose not realy want to go but Pearl wanted to.So for Pearls sake Jodie went. They get up to mystries annd Jodie falls from th tower. This is the best book. But you will be crying your eyes out when you ead the last to chapters.READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT MORE!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5