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India lives in a large, luxurious house with a mum she can't stand and a dad she adores, though he hasn't had much time for her recently. She seeks solace in her journal, which she keeps in sincere imitation of her heroine, Anne Frank. Treasure lives on the local council estate with her loving and capable grandmother. She is devoted to her nan but lives in fear of having to go back to live with her mother and violent stepfather.

A chance meeting sparks a great friendship between the girls. And when Treasure has to run away to avoid her stepfather, India comes up with a hiding place inspired by her favourite writer. India hasn't got a real secret annexe like Anne Frank - but she has got a hidden attic . . .
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 240g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B+W chapter heads t/o
  • 0440867614
  • 9780440867616
  • 99,220

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"Wilson's skilful way with dialogue and plot makes this a moving, funny and uplifting story about friendship" * Observer * "Wilson captures the vulnerable, bolshy tone of young girls, and offers humour and honesty too" * Independent on Sunday * "Jacqueline Wilson is refreshingly committed to fulfilling children's expectations, and this is her enduring strength. Secrets captures a truth of childhood: that life is full of secrets, partly because so much is unknown and unexplained" * Guardian * "Another brilliant book by Jacqueline Wilson" * Scribbler *
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About Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain's bestselling authors, with more than 35 million books sold in the UK alone. She has been honoured with many prizes for her work, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Children's Book of the Year. Jacqueline is a former Children's Laureate, a professor of children's literature, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame for services to children's literacy. '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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Review Text

"Wilson captures the vulnerable, bolshy tone of young girls, and offers humour and honesty too"
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Back cover copy

I'm India.

And I'm Treasure.

My mum's a famous fashion designer, and we live in this gorgeous house. Mum's a nightmare, though. Nothing I do is good enough for her.

I live with my gran. We don't have much money, but Gran's brilliant - and anything's better than going back to live with Mum and horrible Terry.

I wasn't sure Treasure and I would have much in common - but it turns out we do.

We both love Anne Frank - she's the reason we started to write our diaries.

So when Treasure needed to escape from her violent stepdad, I knew the perfect hiding place.

Not a secret annexe - a secret attic . . .

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Rating details

4,389 ratings
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5 22% (954)
4 29% (1,283)
3 34% (1,508)
2 11% (502)
1 3% (142)
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