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Candyfloss

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Floss's parents are divorced, and she divides up her week, spending five days with her mum, her new stepdad and her baby half-brother. The other two days Floss spends with her dad, helping him to run his greasy spoon cafe. But their simple arrangement is thrown into disarray when Floss's mum decides to move to Australia. Making the difficult decision to stay at home, Floss moves in permanently with her dad and they muddle along happily together, surviving on chip butties and enjoying visits to the local funfair. But disaster strikes - Dad's money troubles catch up with him and they have to move out of the cafe. They're homeless - but can their new fairground friends help out?show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B+W chapter heads
  • 0440866456
  • 9780440866459
  • 26,241

About Jacqueline Wilson

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.show more

Review quote

"Wilson is on top social-observing form" -- Christina Hardyment Independent "As usual, Wilson's book provokes both laughter and thought" Junior Education "Wilson moves away from familiar mum territory to cast her acute eye on dads" -- Dina Rabinovitch Guardian "Jacqueline Wilson fans will love this new adventure drawn straight from the reality of the modern teenager" The Good Book Guide "Another absorbing slice of family and school life" The Children's Booksellershow more

Review Text

Flora (Floss) Barnes shuttles back and forth between Dad and Mum, Steve and half-brother Tiger. When her stepfather's job requires moving to Australia for six months, Floss makes the agonizing decision to stay behind with her father who is in serious debt with his failing cafe business and on the verge of becoming homeless. Suddenly, Floss's life changes dramatically with newfound worries and fears offset by everlasting hope her father will succeed and build a new life for them. Floss's normal school and tween friendship conflicts are complicated by an adult lifestyle that is less than suitable for a suburban middle-class child. Added to her stress is the guilt Floss feels keeping Mum in the dark and her stoic resolve to stay with Dad for moral support. British author Wilson portrays heavy issues of poverty, bankruptcy, drunken/bawdy adult behavior, bullying and unconditional parental/child love through a determined protagonist and a group of believable secondary characters - though they're somewhat melodramatic in their thoughts and actions. Chapters foreshadow with a one-page black-and-white set of graphic novel - style scenes. Will provoke readers' questions and speculation on the open-ended conclusion, and mother/daughter discussion possibilities are encouraged with the appended reading guide. British idioms outlined in "Floss's Glossary." (Fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Back cover copy

Floss loves spending weekends with her dad in his greasy spoon cafe, even if it isn't the smartest place in town. When Floss's mum and her new husband Steve move to Australia, Floss decides to stay at home with Dad. He's not much good at ironing or putting up swings, but they muddle along on a diet of chip butties and candyfloss from the local funfair. But then disaster strikes and they find themselves homeless. Will their new fairground friends help out? Could Dad and Floss be destined for a life on the road? 'Wilson handles family difficulties with her usual deftness, and Floss's mix of resourcefulness and hopefulness is endearing and convincing' GUARDIANshow more

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6,955 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (2,150)
3 27% (1,886)
2 8% (572)
1 2% (155)
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