New-girl-in-school Daisy faces up to familiar childhood dilemmas in Sleep-overs, a great book for younger readers written by the acclaimed, bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson.
Daisy is finding her feet with a new group of friends, slowly becoming “one of the gang” who take it in turns to have sleep-over parties. But with her own turn to play host fast approaching, Daisy is faced with the task of telling her new friends about her mentally and physically disabled older sister, and she is unsure how they will react. The spoilt Chloe, with her snide bullying tactics, presents a particular problem: she has been reluctant to let Daisy into the group, and this could give her just the excuse she needs…
As ever, Wilson combines superlative, on-the-nose storytelling with an intuitive accuracy that captures the essence of familiar childhood insecurities. Readers will laugh, cry and cringe their way through the pages of this outstanding little book as Wilson’s trademark heroine wins the day. Ideal for newly confident readers who are looking for more of a challenge Sleep-overs is a cracking book for children aged 7 and over. –Susan Harrison
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