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Candyfloss
 
 
Author
Jacqueline Wilson.
Publisher Roaring Brook Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.6 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781596432413
Pages/Publication Date 339/2007
Daedalus Item Code 21245
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Former British Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson—"second in popularity only to J.K. Rowling in the UK" (Horn Book)—offers this poignant and delightful story for readers 8 to 12. Curly-haired, almost-grown-up Floss navigates changeable friendships and awkward family relations when she decides to stay in England with her hard-luck father rather than move to Australia with her mum and stepdad. An honest, personable narrator, Floss gives us a glossary of her many Briticisms for this American edition.

"Floss, bless her brave little heart, is showing up in a publishing era that is largely ignoring stories like hers in favor of glitzier, sexier mean-girl fare. For girls who have outgrown Ramona, but are still wary of 'The Clique,' Floss makes an able, admirable companion. She may not live next door, but you'll wish she did."—NYTBR

"Flossie's mom is remarried and has a prosperous life with her husband and baby. Flossie's dad, however, is close to 40 and hasn't gotten it together. Overweight, depressed, and financially hard up, he is his own worst enemy. When Flossie's mom and stepdad move to Sydney for six months, Flossie convinces her mother to let her stay with her loving but inept father in London. Her life changes drastically when she starts going to school looking unkempt and smelling of her father's greasy-spoon café. She loses her superficial and status-conscious friends, but makes friends with Susan, whose background is more like hers. After numerous trials that end in near homelessness, Flossie's father finally puts the divorce behind him. When he encounters Rose, a fortune-teller and cotton candy maker with a traveling carnival, he's met his true match. Flossie is a likable character who discovers the meaning of true friendship, suffers hardship with aplomb, and learns some important life lessons along the way. Readers will cheer her on and feel satisfaction when she sees her ex-best friend for the bully and snob that she is."—School Library Journal

 
 
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