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Beauty Cookson is no beauty. She's a plain, timid girl who constantly feels inferior to the super-confident, snooty girls at school. Worse than the teasing in the playground, though, is the unpredictable, hurtful criticism from her father. Beauty and her meek, sweet mother live in uneasy fear of his fierce rages, sparked whenever they break one of his fussy house rules. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party and the very real threat of Dad's out-of-control temper, Mum and Beauty run away. Finding themselves in a quiet, idyllic seaside village, their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty. Can they begin a happier, sweeter life - without Dad? A charming, page-turning and heart-warming story from this beloved more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B+W chapter heads t/o
  • 0552558311
  • 9780552558310
  • 11,773

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"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 * "A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety" * The Times * "A natural storyteller" * Guardian *show more

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' more

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"A natural storyteller"show more

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Beauty Cookson is plain and timid, and all the super-confident and snooty girls at school think her name is ridiculous and tease her horribly. Worse than the taunting in the playground, though, is her father's constant, hurtful criticism. Beauty and her mum live in fear of Dad's fierce rages - sparked off when they break one of his fussy house rules or suggest something 'silly' like getting a pet. But Beauty's mum adores her, and does her best to keep Beauty happy despite all the tension and shouting. After Beauty's disastrous birthday party, Dad's temper seems to be out of control. Are Mum and Beauty brave enough to leave and start a sweeter new life? A charming, page-turning story of family life, friendship and cookies, from bestselling Jacqueline more

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4,194 ratings
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5 32% (1,348)
4 33% (1,383)
3 25% (1,063)
2 8% (321)
1 2% (79)
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