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Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson

Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson. Pub. Doubleday, 2011.

A superb novel that will have you laughing and crying at the same time. But the reality of it all is grim.

Lily is 11 years old and her mother had her when she was fifteen. Since then her mother has had a succession of men and given birth to twins Bliss and Baxter and another sister Pixie. The names tell you everything but they are lovely kids and do not deserve the mother they have got.

Lily’s mum has a night out and meets a young man and falls again. She doesn’t tell him about her children, he invites her to go to Spain, she accepts and leaves Lily alone to handle the children. Lily does a fantastic job but cannot hide the deception that her mother is home for long. Soon neighbours, teachers and finally the police and social services catch up with them.

In between time we have some wonderous mothering from Lily and an incredible portrait of the young children especially the hyperactive brother Baxter.

Jacqueline Wilson specialises in similar stories and has written many books about strong young girls in difficult situations. While this is another one the power of it is just striking. The dialogue between the characters is as close to life as it gets.

Lily is just amazing.

Senior primary, intermediate and even junior secondary in appeal. You will not forget this novel in a hurry.


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