"Beauty Cookson is no beauty. She s a plain, timid girl surrounded by super-confident, snooty girls at school. Worse than the teasing in the playground, though, is the unpredictable criticism from her father. Frequently berated for breaking any of Dad s hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad s at home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally subject to Dad s tirades. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party and a very real fear that Dad s temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away. Very soon Mum and Beauty find themselves in an idyllic seaside resort where their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty.Soon all Beauty s dreams come true and she deserves it! A charming, page-turning and heart-warming story from this beloved author."
A wonderful new tale now in paperback of family life, friendship and cookies from the mega bestselling Jacqueline Wilson.
"Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance" Independent on Sunday "Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues" The Bookseller "A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety" The Times "A natural storyteller" Guardian
JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. THE ILLUSTRATED MUM was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for DOUBLE ACT, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. Jacqueline was awarded an OBE in 2002, was the Children's Laureate for 2005-2007 and was made a Dame in 2008.