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Clean Break

Clean Break

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Illustrated by Nick Sharratt, By (author) Jacqueline Wilson

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  • Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 20mm | 232g
  • Publication date: 11 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0440868505
  • ISBN 13: 9780440868507
  • Illustrations note: B+W chapter heads
  • Sales rank: 40,857

Product description

Em adores her funny, glamorous dad - who cares if he's not her real father? He's wonderful to her, and to her little brother Maxie and sister Vita. True to form at Christmas, Dad gives them fantastic presents, including a real emerald ring for his little Princess Em. Unfortunately he's got another surprise in store - he's leaving them. Will Dad's well-meaning but chaotic attempts to keep seeing Em and the other children help the family come to terms with this new crisis? Or would they be better off with a clean break - just like Em's arm?

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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.

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"A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety" The Times "Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: 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" The Bookseller "Jacqueline Wilson tackles another delicate subject that is close to many children's hearts" The Bookseller "Clean Break sometimes causes sniffles, but in places it's also humorous and is a wonderful read for children aged eight and upwards. Jacqueline Wilson has written plenty of books ... This is her best one yet" Birmingham Evening Mail

Back cover copy

When Dad and Mum break up, Em does her best to cheer up her little brother and sister, even though she's miserable too. She tells them exciting tales because she knows a good story can make life seem better. Meeting the author of her own favourite books would be a dream come true. But could her other greatest wish be granted? Is any story powerful enough to bring Dad back? 'Jacqueline Wilson comes up trumps with this wonderful novel' Sunday Times 'Surely every girl aged between seven and eleven will require a copy' Evening Standard A charming book about real family life from prize-winning Jacqueline Wilson - now with a new introduction by the author!

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If you loved Jacqueline Wilson's Best Friends, here is another superb, thought-provoking novel for readers of 8+. Em adores her funny, glamorous dad - who cares if he's not her real father? He's wonderful to her, and to her little brother and sister. True to form, at Christmas, Dad gives them fantastic presents, including a real emerald ring for his little Princess Em. Unfortunately, he's got another surprise in store - he's leaving them. Will Dad's well-meaning but chaotic attempts to keep seeing Em and the other children help the family come to terms with this new crisis? Or would they be better off with a clean break - just like Em's arm?