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Wilson, Jacqueline; Sharratt, Nick

Beauty Cookson is no beauty - she's a plain girl, surrounded by super-confident, snooty girls at school. But worse than the teasing in the playground is her father's temper. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party and a very real fear that Dad's temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories.
Published London: Corgi, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
ISBN: 0552558311, 9780552558310
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2008.
Physical Description: 319 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Fathers and daughters Juvenile fiction.; Runaway children Juvenile fiction.; Self-realization Juvenile fiction.; Runaway wives Juvenile fiction.; Cooks Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.4
Interest Level: MY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 215508

Author note

JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (forThe Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (forDouble Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade.

'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES
'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' BOOKSELLER


"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"

Back cover copy

Beauty Cookson is plain and timid, and all the super-confident and snooty girls at school think her name is ridiculous and tease her horribly.

Worse than the taunting in the playground, though, is her father's constant, hurtful criticism. Beauty and her mum live in fear of Dad's fierce rages - sparked off when they break one of his fussy house rules or suggest something 'silly' like getting a pet. But Beauty's mum adores her, and does her best to keep Beauty happy despite all the tension and shouting.

After Beauty's disastrous birthday party, Dad's temper seems to be out of control. Are Mum and Beauty brave enough to leave and start a sweeter new life?

A charming, page-turning story of family life, friendship and cookies, from bestselling Jacqueline Wilson.