The third instalment in the bestselling Girls series for older readers, featuring best friends Ellie, Nadine and Magda, with a special introduction from award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson.
Jacqueline Wilson (Author) 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 Nick Sharratt (Illustrator) Nick 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 Edinburgh.
Gr 6-9-In the third book in the series, Ellie, 13, meets the boy of her dreams and learns that love isn't always what makes the world go round. Her feelings for Russell cause her to make some wrong choices and the consequences make her miserable. Then, Ellie and her two best friends, Nadine and Magda, get tickets to a rock concert, but their plans for a girls' night out fall apart when the concert is cancelled. They wind up in a strange house in a dangerous part of London with some shady boys who want them to drink, smoke dope, and make out. The girls escape, but not without taking risks that could have cost them their lives. The teens continually lie to their parents to cover up where they are and with whom, and when they get caught, they do not take their punishment seriously. They show disrespect to their parents, teachers, and other students in the pursuit of what they want and, for the most part, they get it. However, the author does a good job portraying the angst of teen love and the importance of best friends. This formula teen romance, complete with British slang and lingo, will be a popular, quick read, but there is not much depth of character or plot.-Susan Geye, Crowley Ninth Grade Campus, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
In this final title of her Girls trilogy, Ella goes ga-ga over a new boy, but when she breaks her curfew to meet up with him, her plan backfires. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"The portrayal of the girls' relationships and of their love lives
is agonisingly accurate. No wonder girls cannot get enough of
Jacqueline Wilson" * The Good Book Guide *
"Bursting with a thirteen-year-old's delight in hanging out with her friends and taking on the world" * The Times *
"A surefire bestseller for everyone" * The Bookseller *
"Far more believable and emotionally valid than other fiction of its ilk" * The Scotsman *