The suitcase kid tells the story of 10year old Andrea Andy, as she is known shares her experiences of divorce and broken families Andy s parents share custody of her when they split up and start their new families Andy is torn from Mum s house one week and them Dad s the next Not only does Andy have to come to terms with her parents split the only child now has five siblings and nowhere to call home Jacqueline Wilson uses the 10year old narrator to spill Her inner most thoughts and fears to her young audience in a language they can relate to Andy slowly overcomes her feeling of not belonging and finds friends at Mum s, Dad s and her old house, Mulberry Cottage where she finds a warm embrace from the new residents The suitcase kid was the one book, as a child, that I clung to I read it over and over again This book is a fabulous read for older children around KS2 age This book can help children from broken families to understand that they are not alone and other children also experience the same struggle Children who have not experienced divorce can also learn from this book They can develop a greater understanding of life of their peers this awareness can reduce school bullying This book can be used as a long term group read in a KS2 class at story time Chapters are short so one chapter can be read aloud to the class each story time The book could also be used as inspiration for a writing task about family or to motivate a short story writing exercise Jacqueline Wilson effectively teaches children about the ups and downs of life and teaches useful morals that children can carry into adulthood and all around the world. It was a sad and happy book about a girl with divorced parents I will keep it When My Parents Split Up They Didn T Know What To Do With MeMy Family Always Lived At Mulberry Cottage Mum, Dad, Me And Radish, My Sylvanian Rabbit But Now Mum Lives With Bill The Baboon And His Three Kids Dad Lives With Carrie And Her Twins And Where Do I Live I Live Out Of A Suitcase One Week With Mum S New Family, One Week With Dad SIt S As Easy As A B C That S What Everyone Says But All I Want Is To Go Home Back To Mulberry Cottage This is definitely in my top five favourite Jacqueline Wilson books As a child, I read it over and over again, I just couldn t get enough of it Andy is coping with the divorce of her parents and having to adjust to having two new mis matched families Stepbrothers, stepsisters and not all of them nice As an only child, Andy is pushed pillar to post by mum and dad as they struggle to work out a suitable visitation arrangement This book spoke to me on a personal level as my own parents divorced when I was nine I empathised with Andy and how she felt part of neither family, she just wanted her old family back and her old home.A sad story, but touching nonetheless and unfortunately, still very relevant to many children today. I ve literally read this book about a 1000000 times It s great how she writes it and the humourous situations are something we could all relate too Some people may think this has sensitive subjects for young readers who are going through difficult times but i think differently, it kind of helps them get through it. It Is A Great Story With A Fascinatinn Story Line The Book Is Very Interestinn Becausee Of The Way Is Is Set And It Is Told Like It Is Based On A Real Story It Is Aboutt A Girl Whos Mum And Dad Have Split Up And She Is Given The Choice To Live With Either Her Mum Or Dad And Choses Both So Each Week She Stays At Her Mums House And The Next Week She Stays With Her Dad But It Doesn t Turn Out All As Planned. Well, I read it, so I guess I can put it my read shelves.This is actually a major first It s my first book to read before I let my child read it book Marcus picked it up at the library and when I asked it turned out it was because he liked the name I didn t take much notice at the library, but when he picked it to read tonight I thought I better take a look.This isn t a book for a six year old boy and I won t be giving it to him to read But it s a good book for an older girl dealing with parents who have separated or divorced, or indeed any girl who wants to try to understand this issue.As an adult reader of fiction, I wanted a significant ending Andy is unhappy when her parents split and wants them back together As both have new partners this isn t going to happen By the end of the book, Andy has found her way to acceptance of the situation than anything Which is probably a very realistic result and totally appropriate for children reading this ho might be in a similar situation.As a parent in a stable relationship, I thought the parents behaviour was terrible both were caught up in arguing with each other and focusing on their new partners than taking time to understand how Andy was coping I d have liked to give them both a good shaking or a sharp slap up the head.However, sadly I realise that this may well be a realistic situation and this i s a better book for a child reading for sticking with a much less than perfect situation I m also grateful that I haven t had to deal with such things myself, either when I was a child or now that I m in a solid and happy marriage.Marcus won t be reading this, but I m actually rather glad I did and it certainly gave me a new perspective I can see why Jacqueline Wilson is well thought of as an author for children When Marcus gets a bit older, I hope I remember her as someone for him to try I just really, really glad he doesn t need this one. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson is a book you can enjoy as an adult or as a child When I was a child I enjoyed reading various books by Jacqueline Wilson such as The Story of Tracy Beaker and Bad Girls , and as an adult I have come to appreciate how she captures issues such as divorce, death and fostering through emotional dialogue and gripping characters The Suitcase Kid is about a 10 year old girl called Andrea who has to come to terms with her parent s recent divorce She alternates her time between her Mum and Bill her Mum s new partner and his three kids and her Dad and Carrie his new wife and her twin daughters She experiences a rollercoaster of emotions during the story, which affects her performance in school and her friendships After the hope of her parents getting back together frizzles out, she finally accepts they have parted ways and becomes positive after realising that she has a bigger family and people who care about her The book is great for children to understand about family issues and is written in such a way that we can easily identify with the main character and what she is going through regardless of the age of the reader.This book would be ideal for upper KS1 KS2 and would suit being in the class book shelf or for a PSHE activity, where each child in the class can write about their family, to help children identify that all families are different good for inclusion, touching upon everyone having a family regardless if the child lives with Grandparents, Mum or in a Care Home, and that there is no perfect family, but important to realise that our families love us and care for us Children can also draw a picture of their family bring photographs in for all to see. Read as part of I read this book as a child in year 5 and a few times since then I remember my whole class fell in love with this book One thing I liked about it was that it allows children, who may have parents who no longer live together, to identify with the main character Andrea It could be used by those children as a sort of coping strategy should they have a hard time dealing with such things at home, after all things seem to work out for Andrea in the end It s a great story about how Andrea deals with her parents divorce and having to live between two new families while seeking solace from her pet toy rabbit Radish The reader is left wanting to read at the end of each chapter to see whether it s possible that Andrea will get the happy ending for her parents to get back together and live in Mulberry Cottage again Andrea is a great character, despite her stubborn nature, she s strong and brave which gives the reader something to admire I would say this book is pretty addictive and can be read by a whole range of children from the ages of 8 13 years It s a book you tend to remember even as you get older and one you can easily reflect back on This book can be read to the class so children can listen and discuss the plot with one another or it can be read independently It may inspire children to be creative in story writing by reflecting back on real life, for instance, children may think to mention a real life conflict in their stories and then imagine how the conflict was or could be dealt with or resolved , thus creating their own story.
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 af
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- The Suitcase Kid
- Jacqueline Wilson
- 08 August 2018 Jacqueline Wilson