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Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson

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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Best selling Jacqueline Wilson tells a dramatic new story as Lily struggles to look after her younger siblings and herself after Mum goes missing. Can she keep everyone safe until Mum comes back and, very importantly, can she stop school from finding out what she’s doing? Lily tells her own troubling story with Jacqueline Wilson’s trademark directness and absolute attention to detail which makes it all so credible.


Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson

Lily isn't home alone - but she sort of wishes she was; looking after her three younger siblings is a lot of responsibility. When Mum goes off on holiday with her new boyfriend and her stepdad fails to show up, Lily is determined to keep the family together and show they can cope without any grown-ups. But taking care of 6-year-old twins, her 3-year-old sister and the family's flat feels overwhelming and Lily is worried that school or social services might discover their situation and break up the family. What could be better than to take all the little ones for a camping adventure in the park? Plenty of space to run about, no carpet to vacuum, and surely no chance anyone will guess they're there...

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A Piece of Passion from the publisher:
Lily Alone is a deceptively light tale of a big sister coping with her three siblings after their mother disappears off on holiday with a new boyfriend and the babysitter doesn't turn up. Lily takes the children to hide in the local park - it's an adventure for them but you know it can't end happily... With a heartbreaking but hopeful ending, Lily Alone will leave readers desperate for a sequel, and any girl with younger siblings will be imagining how it would feel to be left in charge of the family.

About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012. Click here to see her selection of books.

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since then Jacqueline has been on countless awards shortlists and has gone on to win many awards. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award. Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. According to a recent Mori poll, Jacqueline was voted English children favourite children’s author. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 25 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

2011 saw the 20th Anniversary of her best known novel, The Story of Tracy Beaker,which is not only still hugely popular but has given life to two sequels and an award-winning TV series for CBBC.

Click here to download an interview with Jacqueline.

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8th December 2011


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Yearling an imprint of Random House Children's Books


336 pages


9+ readers
11+ readers

Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)



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