By Jessica, age 12, Nottingham, UK
Hi I'm Jessica and I agree Emma I've only read 2 Jacqueline Wilson
books and that was 'Video Rose' and 'Double Act' I'm am starting The
Lottie Project and so far it's really good do you know if there are
any other good JW books if so please let me know see ya jj.
The Caroline Years; The Little House In Brookfield
By Arielle, age 10, Redmond, WA, USA
This book is wonderful. The main character is Caroline Quiner. Girls
in the USA probably know that she was the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
In this book, Caroline and her family face the hardships of life in
the 1840's. One of the terrible times her family had was the early frost.
Almost all the crops her family had grown were destroyed. Since Caroline's
father had died a few years before, her family had no idea of how to
get food. Mother, Caroline's mom, came up with the idea of taking all
the vegetables that were soon to die and turn them into pickles! One
night, one of Father's old Native American friends brought food. The
family was save from starvation.
Another event that took place was Caroline's first day of school.
She was soooooo nervous! A girl her age asked if she could sit next
to Caroline's older sister, Martha, and of course Caroline. Caroline
did not want to be rude, so she said yes. The girl's name was Anna.
At lunch that day, Caroline asked Anna if she wanted to have lunch with
her at the Quiner's frame house. Anna excitedly cried yes! This grew
a long lasting friendship.
Little House In Brookfield was the best book! You should read it sometime!
Reply to Anna
By Jenny, age 12, South Benfleet, Essex, England
I think you read the wrong kind of Jacqueline Wilson book for your
age. The ones that are more appealing to teenage girls are the 'Girls'
series. They follow a group of teenagers in their everyday lives - through
diets, boyfriends, parents and curfews. The one you read is more aimed
at 9-11 year olds I reckon. I do believe that people are allowed their
own opinion, but I think you should give Jacqueline Wilson another chance,
after all, I think they're excellent!
To Eleanor and Eleanor
By Jenny, age 12, Benfleet, Essex, England
No, I have not read the Dare Game, I want to though. Have you heard
of the 2000 diary? It looks good, but I don't know what it is.....do
you? I think it would be really great if Jacqueline Wilson brought out
a book where some of her characters met up. Like Elsa met Tracey Beaker,
and then Tanya from Bad Girls met Magda from the Girls in love series.
That would be funny! How about if Andy from the Suitcase Kid went out
with Arthur from Bad Girls! Any more conbinations?! Reply please!
Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
By Beth, age 12, St Flannan's School, Brisbane, Australia
The Author of this book is Tamora Pierce. This was her first book.
Since then she has written eleven other books. The Story is set in medieval
times. The main character is Alanna, a little girl who gradually gets
older throughout the book. Her twin brother Thom, is going to become
a knight and Alanna, is going to become a lady. But Alanna wants to
become a knight and Thom wants to become a sorcerer. So they swapped
and Alanna disguised herself as a boy and changed her name to Alan.
While Thom became a sorcerer at the place where Alanna was going to
become a lady, but he did not have to pretend to be a girl.
The story follows Alanna as she becomes a Page, and all the adventures
and problems she has as a page. This book is the first of a series of
four. The series follows Alanna as she becomes a squire and then a knight.
Tamora Pierce has also written two other series in the same settings
with different characters. I would recommend this book for eleven to
thirteen-year-olds and those readers who like, as it says on the back
cover "fantasy and action, humour and thrills".
By Elizabeth, age 12, Year 8, Howells School Llandaff School, Cardiff,
Roald Dahl's book Boy is set in the music block of my school. The sweet
shop he describes in Llandaff is still there, although it is now also
a gift shop. The views he talks about are the ones from our teaching
room in the block.
By Anna, age 13, Year 8, Howells School Llandaff School, Cardiff,
I think that Jacqueline W. books are really boring, but other people
like them. The 1st and only book that I read had the alphabet in it
(with a story line to go with that letter). It was the worst book that
I have ever read in my life! If anyone agrees write back.
Reply to Eleanor and Elizabeth (J.W.F)
By Jenny, age 12, Essex, England
Yeah - I agree with Elizabeth: Jacqueline Wilson's writing appeal to
different people because of different things. Kids with divorced parents
might like it as a lot of her books are about coping with divorce, the
Ellie-Magda-Nadine series are really appealing to teenagers too, as
they cover loads of aspects of growing up. Eleanor: I havw not read
neither of those books, basically because my local library is rubbish,
and I haven't got enough money to buy them! As soon as I have I will
read them though! Have you read the '2000 Diary'. I heard about it but
I don't even know anything about it. Oh yeah, I was meaning to ask -
does Jacqueline Wilson have a website? Or an e-mail address? Or a fan
club? That might be pretty cool! Anyhow, write back, and in case you're
wondering, the (J.W.F.) thing in the title stands for Jacqueline Wilson
Fans (If you hadn't worked that out already. Bye!
Jacqueline Wilson Rules!!!!!!!!!!
By Emma, age 10, Askerswell, Dorset, UK
Hi Jacqueline Wilson Fans, I've Just Finished reading The Illustrated
Mum. And Guess What? I Read it in ....4 Days1 Normally it would take
me a week but I think because Jacqueline's so encourageing with her
books She makes you want to read more! I've got 6 Jacqueline Wilson
Books and I think they're all great I want to read The Lottie Project
but the shop hasn't got it!
Hi Jenny (AGAIN!)
By Eleanor, age 11, Year 6, Jesse Gray School, Nottingham UK
Hi Jenny, Have you got 'THE DARE GAME'???? It's really good! have
you got 'GIRLS OUT LATE'? I haven't yet! Please reply back! Bye! From
Jacqueline Wilson is the Best!
By Elizabeth, age 12, Year Year 8, Howells School Llandaff, Cardiff,
South Wales, U.K.
I recently read an article on your web-site about a new Jacqueline
Wilson book: the sequel to THE BED AND BREAKFAST STAR. I cannot wait
until I can buy it! I think she is so talented. She writes in a way
that all children can relate to. Her wide varieties of works satisfy
a large range of ages.
From THE DINOSAUR'S PACK LUNCH to GIRLS OUT LATE she is definitely
for everyone's taste. She is well and truly the most imaginative and
inventive children's author around. I recommend all of her books, particularly
GIRLS IN LOVE, GIRLS OUT LATE and GIRLS UNDER PRESSURE. THE SUITCASE
KID is a marvellous work that wholly deserved the Children's Book Award
in 1993. Her books have won many other prizes all of them worthy of
Out of the Dust Book Review
By Mckensie and Cassandra, New York, USA
The book Out of the Dust, took place during the Dust Bowl, in the 1930's.
Billie Jo was born at home on the kitchen floor in the summer of 1920.
Billie Jo is a long-legged girl, with a wide mouth, and cheekbones like
bicycle handles. She is a redheaded, freckle-face, narrow-hipped girl
with a fondness for apples, and a hunger for playing fierce piano. Her
ma is pregnant and her pa hopes that it's a baby boy. Billie Jo's best
friend, Livie Killian just moved away. She has gone west out of the
dust to California. The dust is worse than ever now. Billie Jo's mom
died giving birth to her baby brother Franklin. He eventually died too.
This book was very suspenseful and kept us on the edge of our seats.
Billie Jo has to live during a very tough time in history and in her
life. It was a great book!!! We would recommend it to anyone who is
interested in times during the dust bowl.
The Magic of Harry Potter
By Anna and Victoria, age 10 and 9, Year 5, John Hunt Junior School,
Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
We love the Harry Potter books because they are exciting and sometimes
scary.J.k Rowling has come up with some exellent ideas, for the names
of the characters. Once you start reading them, you can`t put them down.
Our favourite book is THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. We can`t wait for the
next Harry Potter books to come out.
To Eleanor and Eleanor
By Jenny, age 12, Essex, England
I think that Jacqueline Wilson's series (Girls in love, Girls under
pressure, and Girls out Late) are excellent. I think they ara so realistic
it feels like Ellie (the main character), Magda and Nadine (her best
friends) are real people! I'm ecstatic about the sequel to the Bed and
Breakfast Star - that's my favourite one! There is also a sequel to
'The story of Tracey Beaker' called the'Dare Game'. Also out is another
new one called 'The 2000 Diary'. And you'll never guess what! Jacqueline
Wilson's coming to my nearest shopping centre (Lakeside) in March to
sign any books! So there!
By Eleanor and Eleanor, age 10, Year 6, Jesse Gray School, Nottingham,
I'm so glad you like Jacqueline Wilson. Last Saturday we both met her!!
Anyway you have to read 'The Dare Game' Jacqueline Wilsons new story.
Starring Tracy Beaker.
by Stacey, age 11, Year 6, Kingsley Park Middle School, Northampton,
I totally agree with you, Goodnight Mr Tom is a cool book. You don't
have to like war stories to read it.
B but!!!! Have you read Pete Johnson's books -- they are scary but awesome,
and last but not least have you watched Goodnight Mr Tom film.
Call Yourself A Friend? By Marilyn Taylor
By Helen, age 10, Year 4th class, St. Colmcilles School, Dublin, Ireland
"Call yourself a friend?" is a brilliant book by Dublin
writer Marilyn Taylor and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
It's about a sixteen-year-old-girl, Jackie. Jackie is meant to be studying
for big exams that are looming up at the end of the year. But she just
can't get down to work and concentrate! This is all due to her close
friend, Bernie's road accident. Other things keep distracting her too.
Her boyfriend Kev (who's also Bernie's big brother) gets into a court
case situation. Also Jackie's younger brother has to play Maid Marian
in his school's version of Robin Hood. At first he's reluctant and says
he does not want to be kissed by the "mouldy" looking girl who plays
Robin Hood. But he soon gets over that and gets a girlfriend in the
process! Then Jackie's Dad tells her that things don't look too good
in his work and he may lose his job. Jackie is torn between all this
and going in to visit Bernie every day in the hospital and staying by
her bedside. Bernie's state is critical and she may not survive. Jackie's
friends aren't much help either. They go on and on about their own problems
(like two-timing boyfriends) Sometimes they might cover up for Jackie
if she has to miss school or sometimes they do go and visit Bernie.
But mostly they just get on with their own lives as if Bernie's accident
never happened. So Jackie is left alone to face a sick friend, trying
to stay faithful to her other friends, her brother, problems at home,
her boyfriend and his court case and…EXAMS! How is she ever going to
manage and still keep everyone happy?
TO ALL PEOPLE IN LOVE WITH JACQUELINE WILSON BOOKS!!!
By Eleanor and Eleanor, age 10, Year 6, Jesse Gray School, Nottingham,
Thanks to Jenny that replied to our Jacqueline Wilson recommendation
for The Illustrated Mum! One of our mums met her at this conferance
once and got our books signed!!! Please reply back if your interested
in her books. Some recommendations:
Girls in love
Girls under pressure
Girls out late
In the spring there's going to be a new book (Another one with Elsa
in) and it's going to be a sequel to THE BED AND BREAKFAST STAR!!! Bye!
(Please reply if you're into her books!!!)
By Jenny, nearly 12, Thundersley, Essex, England
I love Jacqueline Wilson, I think her writing is excellent. The only
books I haven't read are 'The Illustrated Mum', and 'Girls Out Late'.
My favourite is 'The Bed and Breakfast Star' and my least favourite
is 'Double Act' becasue the ending is so sad. Sometimes I feel that
I know the characters out of her books because she describes them so
well. My friend (Wendy) reminds me of Elsa in 'The Bed and Breakfast
Star' because she always smiles! Any replies welcome!
by Wendy, age 12, year 7, The King John School, Thundersley, Essex,
I think the Nancy Drew books are the best books I have ever read.
They are adventure/thriller/mystery books and I would recommend them
to anyone who enjoys this type of story. My favourite one being 'very
deadly yours'- the 19th episode in the series. So go and find one in
a library now!!! Nancy Drew rules.
About Jacqueline Wilson
By Katharine, 10, Porchester Junior School, Nottingham, England
Born: Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath, Somerset on the 17
December 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames.
Education: Jacqueline was educated at Coombe Girls School, Surrey
and Carshalton Technical College.
Ambiton: Jacqueline always wanted to be a writer and wrote her
first book when she was nine. She started work at a publishers and then
worked as a journalist for D.C. Thomson Dundee Scotland after she had
an article published in Jackie magazine.
Family: Jacqueline married at 19 and had a daughter Emma, when
she was 21. She's been writing books ever since.
Jacqueline's biggest passion and worst vice is buying books. She has
over 10,000 books crammed into every corner of her small house. She
also loves art galleries and enjoys making collages. She hates housework
Transworld Publishers: Titles include: The Lottie Project, The
Monster Story-Teller, Bad Girls, The Dinosaur's Packed Lunch, The Mum
Minder, The Suitcase Kid
Oxford University Press: Titles include: Nobody's Perfect, Waiting
For The Sky To Fall, The Otherside, How to Survive Summer Camp
Blackie: Titles include: The Left-Outs, The Monster in The Cupboard
Macmillan, Hamish Hamilton, Armada Publications for Adults
Macmillan: Hide and Seek, Truth or Dare, Snap, Let's Pretend, Making
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
By Blake Ann, age 10, 5th grade, Waiakeawaena School School, Hilo,
The title of this book is "The Chocolate Touch." The author is Patrick
A few key events that happened in the story was this boy named John,
who lloovveedd chocolates. And one day he was going to his friends house.
He found a coin and instead of going to his friends house he turned
the other way. He took another corner and he found a chocolate store.
That coin was a little different compared to other coins. It had initials
J.M. on one side and a fat boy on the other. But that was the only coin
that the store took. So the store keeper gave the boy a box of chocolates
and he opened the box there was only one chocolate inside. So he ate
it. Since he ate that chocolate everything he put on his lips or on
his mouth turned into chocolate, like his snow mittens, so he started
to eat them.
I think the book's message is don't be selfish or greedy because there
are other people in the world. I know this is the message because I
read it in the book on page 117.
What I like about this book is that when this boy puts something in
his mouth or just touching his lips it will turn into chocolate. When
he kissed his mom she turned into chocolate and his trumpet, gloves,
pencil, toothpaste, medicine, and food all turned into chocolate too.
By Anna, age 14, Boston Middle School, Laporte, IN, USA
I have wrote a Harry Potter book to add on to the author's collection
to bring joy to other children and adults. I have seen the faces of
many people whom have read the books and that determined me to go on
and write my book.
Editor's Note: Hi Anna. Why don't you send us some of your Harry
Potter story to publish on Kids on the Net?
By Tim, age 9, Year 5, Henry Cavendish School, London, UK
Roald Dahl's childhood was sad for his dad died when He was four leaving
his mother with 6 screaming kids. When he was nine he was sent to boarding
school and he ran away but was caught. Then he was sent to a bigger
school where he was endlessly bullied.
But he turned out not to be a sad, grumpy man for here is one of Roald
Dahl's famous remarks "A short story has to be two things, it has to
be short and it has to be a story!"
The Illustrated Mum, By Jacqueline Wilson
Reviewed by Eleanor and Eleanor, age 10, Year 6, Jesse Gray Primary
School, Nottinghamshire, UK
The Illustrated Mum is a great story and I would recommend it to 10+.
As you may know, Jacqueline Wilson is a very good and interesting author
and Nick Sharrett is a great illustrator.
So get off your bum and read it!!!
Lamb in the Laundry. By Lucy Daniels
Reviewed by Alecsandra, age Nine, Year 5, Cila Primary School, Wales,
This book that I was reading was the 10th book by Lucy Daniels of the
Animal Ark series.
I really really enjoyed this book best of all.
I shall write about the story briefly. One day Mandy Hope and her friend
James went to the farm with Mr Hope Mandy`s father to check on all the
sheep one of the new born lambs need hand rearing and .........
I am not going to tell the rest of the story -- you will have to read
the book and find out what happens next!
Roald Dahl Books
By Tremont, 13, Year 9, The Nottingham Bluecoat Shool School, Nottingham,
Roald Dahl is a very creative children's books writer. I have read
many of his books.
Here is a list of the books I can remember I've read:
Fantastic Mr Fox
PLUS MANY MORE
Kids Out There
By Natalie, Age 12, Year 7, The Nottingham Bluecoat School, Nottingham,
I am just saying that I love reading books which are spooky. I am
a fan of Rauld Dahl, so are my best friends Farhat and Sabia.
By Jordan, 7, Nottingham, UK
"Spider McDrew" by Alan Durant with illustrations by Martin
I think it is very funny.
It is very lively.
The book is about Spider McDrew, who is a hopeless case.
I like the book because it is realistic.
HOW TO WRITE REALLY BADLY - a review
By Ellen, 10, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (at the Nottingham Readers and
"How to write really badly" is a very funny book by Anne
Fine. Maybe her funniest. In it a young boy called Chester Howard starts
going to a new school,Wallbottle Manor. (mixed) In his school he makes
friends with Joe Gardener. (The writer from hell.) In class they write
'How-to books 'and Joe's book is 'HOW TO WRITE NEATLY. 'Can Chester
help this writer from hell? Find out!!!
Enid Blyton: Famous Five
By Alison, 10, Year 5, St. Marys School, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, UK
Famous Five are GREAT! They are really exciting and adventurous I would
go out and buy one NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Harry Potter Books
by Edward, 10, Year 5, St. Marys School, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, UK
Harry Potter Books are BRILLIANT for kids. J.K. Rowling writes them
and so far there are Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone and
Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets.
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone won the SMARTIES BOOK
COMPETITION in 1997 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
won it in 1998. J.K. Rowling is writing her 3rd book and it is coming
out around Easter 1999.
This is the Harry Potter story: There was an evil wizard called Voldemort
who used wizarding in Dark Arts! He killed every nice wizard with an
evil curse which leaves them with a lightning shaped scar. Voldemort
arrives at Harry's house to kill his mother and father who were great
wizards. Voldemort then does it on Harry though he could NOT KILL HIM.
Then the evil wizard flees. Harry was only 1. In the 1st book Harry
is taken to his aunt and uncle where he stays for 10 years. Then Harry
goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he plays matches
of Quidditch and has two friends: Ron and Hermione. He also has an enemy:
Draco Malfoy. But then Harry finds himself up against Voldemort again...
Then in the 2nd book Harry is told by his Aunt and Uncle he can't go
to Hogwarts anymore. Luckily, Ron come to his rescue and they get to
school. But with a strange warning from a house elf, voices that only
Harry can hear, and people fainting suddenly, Harry, Ron and Hermione
are on the case!
You should get Harry Potter NOW!!!
Malory Towers, Selection
By Alexandra, aged 8, Year 4, Cila Primary School, Swansea, UK
Malory Towers is a good series of books to read. When I read them I
could`t put them down .It goes from First term at Malory Towers
to Last term at Malory Towers.
There are six books that I`m sure that every girl will love. If you
have read these books I'm sure you must of enjoyed them.
Enid Blyton: Pretty Star the Pony
By Alexandra, aged 8, Year 4, Cila Primary School, Swansea, UK
Pretty Star the Pony is a book with lots of stories in it. The stories
are about 20, 25 pages long and the book is 90 pages long.
If you have read the book please get
Thank you for reading my article
B.C. Right On
By Bryn, Year 4, Claremont Primary School, Nottingham, England
B.C. Right On is a cartoon book. It's set in prehistoric times and
the book is basically a load of jokes about cavemen, cavewomen, dinosaurs
B.C. books are so funny, that's why I like them. I especially like
the jokes that they have. For example:
"Don't pick mushrooms on a full moon"
"Terrible harm will come to you"
Then the caveman who said "Terrible harm will come to you"
smacks a club over the other caveman's head.
I love the sense of humour and the characters crack me up.
The Steps Up The Chimney
By Danielle, Grade 6, Wyburns Primary School, Rayleigh, Essex, England
'The Steps Up the Chimney' is a brilliant book! It is fantasy and in
a quartet called the 'Magician's House'. It is about 3 children called
William, Mary and Alice. When they are staying at their aunts and uncles
new house, they find a secret passage up behind the old fire place.
This leads to the children meeting a strange magician from the past.
He studies alchemy and the powers of nature.
The children have to battle against evil and save the countryside around
them. But it is Christnas time and their aunt is having a baby - But
someone is going to try and kill it! I really enjoyed this book and
have read the second book in the quartet too!
Goodnight Mr Tom
By Vicky, Grade 10, Glyn Derw High School, Cardiff, South Glamorgan,
Goodnight Mr. Tom, by Michelle Margoriam, is the story of a
young boy called Willie who is an evacuee in the second world war. Willie
is evacuated to the country, where he stays with Mr. Tom. Mr. Tom is
an old recluse, who after losing his wife and his son, shies away from
everyday life, and in the village where he lives he is thought to be
a grumpy old man. During the cause of this book we see that Mr. Tom
is not a grumpy old man but a very kind and caring person.
Willie is a very shy boy due to his very strict religious mother beating
him very badly. Mr. Tom and Willie bring each other out of themselves,
and they both live very happily together. Then tradegy strikes when
Zach, Willie's best friend dies, I cried through a whole chapter.
This book is a very moving, beautiful story.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading war-time stories.
I give this book 10/10.
By Vanessa, Grade 5, College Marie de France, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
For anyone who loves to read I suggest you read "Little Women",
by Louisa May Alcott. I have just started to read it in the past few
days and I really like it ! With the four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and
Amy it makes the story wild and happy.
For the people who already read it my personal favorite is Beth. Who
is yours? Please reply to me in Kidtalk.
Speckle The Stray
By Diana, Grade Grade 6, Mary Gardner School, Chateauguay, Quebec,
Speckle The Stray is a great book. It tells about 2 girls who just
move to a farm, and they don't have any farm animals. But one day they
finmd a little speckled stray wrapped in a piece of barb wir. Their
parents wouldn't let them get any animals but will they be able to keep
the puppy?? Read this great book and find out if they can keep the puppy.
The Sky is Falling (A good book)
By Ashley, Grade 7, Steinbach Junior High, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
The Sky is Falling is written by Kit Pearson
This book is excellent for girls. It is about a girl and a boy who
are coming to Canada because of World War 2. There is bombing where
they live. It is a memorable and enjoyable book. Everyone who I know
who has read it likes it. There is a sequal called Looking at the
Moon by Kit Pearson it is very good also. And after that a book
called The Lights go on Again also by Kit Pearson. She is a great
author. She also wrote A handful of Time, and The Daring Game.
Both are excellent books. You will be impressed!
By Robyne, Grade 4a, John Paul College, Logan, Queensland, Australia
Matilda is a book and a movie. The book was written by Roal Dahl in
1987. It is a story about a little girl who has powerful gifts and uses
them in a most interesting way. Shana and I love this book and when
it was made into a movie we went to see it. It was the best movie and
we can't wait to see it on video.
Where's Wally in Hollywood!
By Melissa, Grade 4, John Paul College, Logan, Queensland, Australia
Where's Wally in Hollywood is an exciting adventure. You will have
FUN looking for Wally, Woof, Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard, Odlaw, Wally's
lost key, Woofs bone, Wizard Whitebeard's scroll and a film. If you're
cool you should read Where's Wally in Hollywood.
Also don't forget all other books from the collection of Where's Wally
such as Where's Wally, Where's Wally Now, Where's Wally the Fantastic
Journey, Where's Wally the Magnificent Poster book and don't forget
the sticker books. All these Where's Wally books are all by Martin Handford.
All Things Bright and Beautiful
By Min, Singapore
This book is written by a vet, James Herriot. It's a heart-warming
collection of James' quirky 'patients'; how he triumphed and how he
failed. Also in the book is a wide variety of colourful characters,
ranging from the two brothers Tristan & Siegfried Farnon to Gyp
It is a memoir of more innocent times; when the Yorkshire skies were
still clear and blue, when the sharp winds that whipped around the crumbling
walls could bring a tear to your eye.
Fly Away Home = *****
By Katie D., Grade 6, St. John Fisher, Forest, Ontario, Canada
I don't know about you, but I thought the movie Fly Away Home was so
excellent! If you have never seen it, you might want to see it. I didn't
want to until my teacher started reading a book called, "The Illustrated
Father Goose." It sounded really good so I decided to rent the
movie. That was a great movie!