Floss's parents split up when she was younger and she now divides up her week, spending five days with her mum, her mum's new boyfriend and her new baby half-brother. The other two days Floss spends with her dad, helping him to run his greasy spoon cafe. But then their simple arrangement is thrown into disarray when Floss's mum decides to move to ...
Floss's parents split up when she was younger and she now divides up her week, spending five days with her mum, her mum's new boyfriend and her new baby half-brother. The other two days Floss spends with her dad, helping him to run his greasy spoon cafe. But then their simple arrangement is thrown into disarray when Floss's mum decides to move to Australia for six months. Floss has to choose whether to go with her or stay with her dad. She picks her dad and they muddle along happily together, surviving on chip butties and enjoying visits to the local funfair. But then disaster strikes, Dad's money troubles catch up with him and they have to move out of the cafe. They're homeless - but can their new fairground friends help out? This is another gripping and emotionally involving slice of family life from the award-winning, bestselling author, Jacqueline Wilson.
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-16 The latest from Britain's former Children's Laureate is vintage Wilson. Flora Barnes splits her week between her mother, who has remarried a successful executive, and her father whose situation is less rosy. When her stepfather accepts a temporary transfer to Australia, "Floss," as she is called, must choose to spend six months in sunny Sydney or to stay with her father above his failing chip shop. At school, she's also torn. Her best friend, the "posh and persnickety" Rhiannon, has become materialistic and judgmental; Floss can't stand the cruel teasing Rhiannon directs at a new classmate. When Floss chooses to stay with her dad-because she realizes he needs her more than her mother does-her standing at school suffers. Her mismatched clothing, which carries the greasy spoon's scent, makes her the new target of Rhiannon's torments. Meanwhile, her father is losing his shop to bankruptcy and the possibility of homelessness becomes real. This tension paces a novel that contains many compelling, sometimes gritty, elements-shopping, gambling, fair-going, romance, a knife-fight and even a scary fire. All that action makes the narrative longer than usual for this age group, but Floss's emotional turmoil should hook girls. There's a real tenderness to her relationship with her father, fully dimensional in all his flaws, a man whose love for his daughter often clouds his judgment. A full page of Sharratt's comic-strip-style panels opens each chapter, and "Floss's Glossary" defines unfamiliar Briticisms. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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