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Clean Break [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Wilson , Nick Sharratt
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Em adores her funny, glamorous dad - who cares if he's not her real father? He's wonderful to her, and to her little brother Maxie and sister Vita. True to form at Christmas, Dad gives them fantastic presents, including a real emerald ring for his little Princess Em.

Unfortunately he's got another surprise in store - he's leaving them. Will Dad's well-meaning but chaotic attempts to keep seeing Em and the other children help the family come to terms with this new crisis? Or would they be better off with a clean break - just like Em's arm?

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At just over 300 pages, Jacqueline Wilson’s new novel Clean Break may be her longest yet, but her ever-increasing legions of fans will never complain. The more words from their favourite author they can get crammed into one book, the better. The country’s most-borrowed author is again on familiar ground, with a cast of colourful and needy characters that could live just around the corner. Her ability to reflect modern life, and how ordinary people live it and struggle with it, is unparalleled in contemporary children’s fiction.

Clean Break is told from the point of view of Em, or Emerald as she likes to be known, and is about what happens to her mum, gran, and two half-siblings, Maxie and Vita, when the man of the house leaves them for another woman. Her mum’s second husband, Frankie, is not her real dad, but he has been Em’s dad ever since she can remember and she does not want to let him abandon them all. It’s an understandably traumatic departure.

Frankie leaves on Boxing Day morning and Em’s mum, Julie, is devastated. They all cling on to the hope that he will soon return to them, but it quickly transpires that he’s not coming back and that they’re all just going to have to deal with their new circumstances in whatever way they can. Gran just goes on criticising her daughter, which doesn’t help, but Em, Maxie and Vita find solace and comfort in their friends and heroes, real and imaginary.

Despite the story’s sad themes, Wilson always leaves the reader and her characters with the shoots of new, better beginnings and hope for the future. Like any book, its worth is in the quality of its storytelling, and fortunately this particular author is great at doing just that.

(Age 9 and over) --John McLay


Praise for Jacqueline Wilson: "A brilliant author of wit and subtlety."-"The Times""Jacqueline Wilson tackles another delicate subject that is close to many children's hearts." -"The Bookseller""Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues."-"Bookseller"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 044086643X
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (5 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS61Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic 21 Oct. 2007
If you haven't read anything by this author, it's well and truly time you do. She's among my top three young adult writers (I can't pick which
order), but she is hands-down THE BEST author in the junior fiction section of my library. The author is a prize-winning favourite and readers' choice for very good reasons. There are characters that everyone can relate to, and the characters have dimensions: some you like, some you don't, and others that have you changing your mind throughout. The premise of this novel is universal and utterly believable: a father walks out on a family. And the novel's turning point sees our narrator meeting her favourite author (Jenna Williams, for whom even her illustration seems based on Jacqueline Wilson herself). See what are you waiting for? Track down the author's books now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! 22 Oct. 2009
By Cazbook
As a teacher in a secondary school, I am always on the lookout for good quality fiction texts for my students. Jacqueline Wilson is a firm favourite with my 11 to 15 year olds and this book will be received by them with enthusiasm as usual.

The author has been extremely clever in not giving specific ages to the three chidren in the family. This means the characters will appeal to 'early teenagers' as well as older primary school students.

The story centres around one family (extended because they live in grandmother's house) whose children and mother have to cope with the father leaving the family. All of the characters - the three children, the mum, the grandmother and the father - have the opportunity to express their feelings and Jacqueline Wilson pulls no punches.

She deals with the issues of loss, anger, confusion, guilt and hope throughout the story. She does not pander to the idea of 'happy ever after' (she is far too good and realistic a writer for that) but she does offer hope to the reader at the end of the novel.

This novel deals seriously with all the issues surrounding the break up of a marriage and she does it in such a way that she makes it absolutely accessible to children. Her use of humour throughout the story is an essential ingredient and one which I have found in all her novels so far!

One of the really pleasant things about this edition is that it has a foreward by Jacqueline Wilson herself, which provides extra, interesting reading.

If you have never read a Jacqueline Wilson book with your children or have yet to buy them one to read on their own, I highly recommend this novel. Enjoy!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 23 Jun. 2005
By hawi
This story is about a young family. There is a older sister called Emily she has a brother called Maxie. But her sister Vita is there step sister. Vita has a really cool dad who is married to Emily's mum. Unfortunely one christmas they break up. Emily then tries to get them back together by planning day trips that never go right. Jacqueline Wilson has described in great detail of all the emotions of the characters espically Emily who desperatly wants to get them back together. She tells me so much about the characters i fell they come alive. Because i am a great fan i have read almost all of her books and i think this is one of her best. Iwould defintly recommend this to young teenagers. Does she succeed in getting her family back together? Well you will just have to read the book and find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clean Break 2 Jun. 2012
By N.A.C
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This story is about a happy family. There is a older sister called Emily and she has a brother called Maxie and a stepsister Vita.Vita has a really cool dad who is married to Emily's mum. Unfortunately, one Christmas they break up as Vita's dad is going out with another woman. The parents decide they want a clean break. Emily then tries to get them back together by planning day trips that never go as well as she thought they would. I think thet Jacqueline Wilson has cleverly described the characters feeling and emotion. She tell you so much about the characters it felt as if they they come alive! Although i am a great fan and i am inspired by Jacqueline Wilson's stories this is not the best however it still is a moving scenario.
I recommend this to all JW fans!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clean break 20 April 2013
By claire
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this book and think it is an excellent story within the lines I recommend it to 10+

I love Jacqueline Wilson and her other books too xx
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2.0 out of 5 stars Average to poor book 20 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is told by 'Emerald' , whose name is Emily. The reason it was: avarege to poor is because of all the stupid smilarities to Wilson's other novels. For example; Em is 'fat'. She thinks she has a pink face and sausage figners. Slight similarities in: Lolah Rose and the whiney: Cooky. Let's talk aout Jenna Williams. The 'Teen' series of her books are parodies of Wilson's Girls series. Another parodie is Piggy in the Middle, the parodie of The Suitcase Kid. Anyone else spotted the similar stuff??? Generally, Clean Break should be, only three and a half stars. Another reviwer, has pointed all this out and I only agree with them. Wilson has a limited imaginatiyen, a bored style. If I were you, I would just see that this book is never going to be wotrth the money. The plot is tired ad gentle; a little too much so. I like books like this: a little, eough paces and dialog that snaps throughout the pages. To be honest Clean Break is a book about an ugly sad girl with a problem family and a samey style. No plot. Not and never will be worth the expnisive amount of money. A cheap style. An honest Rip Off. A mustnotbuy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I bough it because I was in hospital at the time with a broken arm and I felt that because Emily breaks her arm I wasn't totally alone and some one else was going through what I... Read more
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I loved this book because it refers to jaqueline Wilsons books and I would recommend it to 9 and above
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
A moving story. About a girl called Emily and her family. Wilson once again has written a fab story. A must-read for girls 8-13.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!!!!!!!!!!
I give this a four because it could be better,not much but better.First of all, i personally think it should be in 3rd person because it sounds better in 3rd person
Published 21 days ago by Ms Caroline B Edney
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W good book I enjoyed.
Published 23 days ago by Isabelle Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids going through their own troubles
More family troubles! Good for kids going through their own troubles.
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It makes you laugh and cry its truly inspiring for everyone.I love it and I think you will love it too
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I really enjoyed Clean break it has such a good storyline ,and the description is so powerful I imagine the picture's inside my head. Read more
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