YA reviews: Clover moon, Don’t even think about it, and Think twice

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Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson

Cover of Clover moonYet another (amazing) book about a broken family. This sad story about a young girl who lives in rags is definitely a must-read for Jacqueline Wilson fans. I loved the connection with Hetty Feather! The beginning of the story is all rather upsetting, with almost no chance of getting any better. But at the end things turn out just fine! Clover is a sweet girl who loves to look after children, she doesn’t tend to get along well with kids her age however Clover is brighter than most of them! She uses her intelligence to find her place at The Girls’ Institute and finally a more permanent home.  I would love another book about Clover to see what she gets up to!

Don’t Even Think About it & Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski

Cover of Don't even think about itI absolutely love this two-part series about telepathy! Jam-packed with an amazing plot and heaps and heaps of love triangles. Before reading this book, I warn you that the ending contains a massive plot twist; that requires a little knowledge about chemical elements. Some of my favourite things about these books, besides the unique use of telepathy, was probably the range of personalities. Each character was different and all of them went on different journeys, experiencing their ESP (telepathy) in different ways.

Both reviews by Genevieve (Y9)

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Cookie, the new children’s title by Jacqueline Wilson

Cookie
Cookie

I have been fortunate enough to get a review copy of Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson.  For those of you who are unaware of Jacqueline Wilson she is an extremely popular children’s author especially with girls.  Her books are generally about dysfunctional families or children unhappy with some aspect of their lives.  They are told with humour and I feel a great insight into how children view the world and how they feel.  Jacqueline has won many awards over the years and was awarded an O.B.E in 2002 and was the Children’s Laureate for 2005-2007.

The main character in cookie is Beauty Cookson.  She goes to a posh girls school and hates it.  The girls are stuck up and tease her as Beauty is rather plain and very timid.  Her mum is her dad’s third wife and very young.  Dad is a bully which probably why he has been married three times.  He terrifies his wife Dilly and little Beauty.  He has very strict house rules and is constantly criticising Beauty for her lack of looks.  Mum and daughter live in fear of him.  After an awful birthday party with the girls in her class that have bullied her all year Dad does something unforgivable.  Dilly and Beauty run away .

In starting their new life together Dilly and Beauty grow strong as a team and within themselves.  Mum’s new hobby gives them an income and Beauty finds happiness and a new nickname.  A lovely warm hearted story of a girl finding her confidence and strength.

My recommendation as a Chrissie Prezzie (it’s not that far away) for a girl in year five at Primary school up to about year seven.