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    Best Friends (Paperback) By (author) Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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    DescriptionGemma and Alice were born on the same day and have been devoted best friends ever since. Despite Gemma's larger-than-life personality and Alice's quieter, calmer character, the two are inseparable - until Alice has to move house, all the way to Scotland. Gemma is utterly distraught, particularly at the thought that Alice might find a new best friend. Is there anything Gem's brothers, or perhaps her grandad, can do to help?


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    Title
    Best Friends
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780440868514
    ISBN 10: 0440868513
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC E4L: F9+
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AK
    BIC children’s book marketing category: D3N79
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    BIC subject category V2: 5AK
    BISAC V2.8: JUV013060
    BIC subject category V2: YFXF
    Thema V1.0: YFB
    Illustrations note
    B+W t/o
    Publisher
    Random House Children's Publishers UK
    Imprint name
    Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
    Publication date
    11 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade. 'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER.
    Review quote
    "There's no stopping Jacqueline ..." The Sunday Times "Wilson tells a story of laughter, love, tears, and trouble in this hilarious tale" The Good Book Guide "Read it. I'm sure you'll love it" Reading Matters "As ever, the storytelling is superb, the language direct, and the author shows her great skill in seeing things from a child's perspective" South Wales Argus "A really interesting book with something in it for everyone" Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle
    Review text
    Gemma and Alice have been best friends from the day they were born. For real: Their mothers gave birth to them on the same day and they've been BFFs ever since - until the day that Alice's family moves to Scotland. Total opposites, Alice is feminine and well-behaved while Gemma has a propensity for causing calamities, which stages the action. A taxi-driving dad, two older brothers, a dog named Barking Mad, her mom who wants a curly-girly (like Alice), a fun-loving granddad and a fat classmate who loves to eat (named Biscuits) round out the cast. While stories about best friends separated by moving are plentiful, Wilson's British fillip makes this one original, with Gemma's strong first-person voice and personality and Sharratt's black-and-white drawings in strip-style sketches before each chapter teasing the reader and forecasting the next turn of events. Gemma's dilemmas - crying jags, chocolate binges, cake-throwing, special dolls and bracelets and birthday wishes - are sprinkled with British idioms; this will cause no problems for American readers, who will be grinning all the while. (Fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    Alice is my very best friend. I don't know what I'd do without her. Gemma and Alice have been best friends since they were born. It never seems to matter that Gemma loves football while Alice prefers drawing or that Gemma never stops talking while Alice is more likely to be listening. They share everything. Then one day Gemma finds out that there's something Alice isn't sharing. A secret. And when Gemma discovers what it is, she isn't sure if she and Alice can stay Best Friends Forever... 'A true children's writing genius' Good Book Guide A delightfully touching and entertaining story from best-selling, prize-winning Jacqueline Wilson - now with a new introduction by the author!