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Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. They know they are different to 'normal' girls but their attempts to find out what being an ordinary teenager are like - buying nice clothes instead of wearing Mum's odd hand-made garments, reading teenage magazines etc - are greeted with fury by their Dad. But when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue suddenly discovers what it's like to have a little freedom. nnnUnable to cope with their education and a sick husband, the girls' mother sends them to the local comprehensive and they experience school life for the first time. Prue had never thought it would be so bitchy and that she'd find it so hard to fit in. The only person she can talk to is her kindly, young, handsome Art teacher, Rax. She and Rax bond over art lessons, and soon he asks to babysit for his young children while he and his wife have a night out on a Friday. This becomes a regular 'date' and Prue can't wait for the ten minutes they have along together as he drives her home. As her feelings for Rax develop, she begins to realise that perhaps he feels the same way about her. But he can't act upon them, can he? nnnAn absorbing portrait of a forbidden relationship for teenage readers from the mega bestselling Jacqueline Wilson.
About the Author
JACQUELINE WILSON is a vastly well-known and hugely popular author. THE ILLUSTRATED MUM was chosen as British Children?s Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children?s Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children?s Book Award for DOUBLE ACT, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. Jacqueline was awarded an OBE in 2002 and was the most borrowed author from British libraries in 2003/04. Jacqueline is now the fourth children's Laureate.nn* 'A brilliant young writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMESn* 'Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYn* 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emtional issues' BOOKSELLERnnnNick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children and won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award. He has also enjoyed great success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson books. Nick lives in Brighton.
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Jacqueline Wilson at her very best.,Sensitive and insightful story which demonstrates perfectly why this author is adored by her legions of fans,Deserves three cheers...the most richly enjoyable Wilson novel for years.,An excellent choice for summer reading promotions,This book is romantic, funny and sometimes sad.,The queen of difficult subjects, Jacqueline handles this one with wit and sensitivity. Her best ever.,Wilson handles it all with her usual balance and empathy.