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Dizzy [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Cassidy
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Cathy Cassidy's insight into teenage thinking is pin-point sharp while her light tone makes [her stories]


(Julia Eccleshare

Touching, tender and unforgettable (The Guardian)

I read this book over and over again because I loved it so much!! (Angelique, age 11)

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Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy is an irresistible story for girls aged 9+

'I never sleep, the night before my birthday . . . it's the only day of the year I hear from her . . .'

Dizzy's mum left when she was small. But every year, on her birthday, something arrives in the post - a present or a card with her mum's loopy writing on it. Dizzy has kept everything.

This year is different. Nothing comes in the post, but something amazing is about to arrive on Dizzy's doorstep. Something that will whisk her away - and put Dizzy's world in a spin.

Will her secret birthday wish come true?

'Touching, tender and unforgettable' - Guardian

'Cassidy's characters have real heart' - Sunday Telegraph

'Cathy Cassidy . . . is way better than Jacqueline Wilson' - Courtney, aged 10

***Includes delicious recipes, character quizzes and more!***

Cathy Cassidy wrote her first picture book for her little brother when she was eight or nine and has been writing fabulous stories ever since. Cathy is the bestselling author of Dizzy, Driftwood, Indigo Blue, Scarlett, Sundae Girl, Lucky Star, Gingersnaps and Angel Cake. The Chocolate Box Girls is a sumptuous series starring sassy sisters, super-cool boys and one of Cathy's biggest loves - chocolate. Cathy lives in Scotland with her family and of all the jobs she's had, writing has to be the best - it's the perfect excuse to daydream, after all!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1527 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI92KW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for girls 5 Dec. 2005
By A Customer
Broken families, irresponsible parents, capable but insecure 12-year-olds - the themes of Dizzy belong firmly in the territory Jacqueline Wilson has so successfully marked out as her own. If you're going to trespass on that territory, you'd better have a talent for writing.
Thankfully, Cathy Cassidy clearly has such a talent. Far from being a Wilson wannabee, she has a strong voice of her own which takes the story off in sometimes unexpected directions. Dizzy is a great read, with a sympathetic and believable main character plunged into a situation beyond her control, and despite the unfortunately pink cover should appeal to all thoughtful and adventurous readers regardless of gender.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A summer with a difference 28 July 2004
By A Customer
This book is a great read - for boys as well as girls. Don't be misled by the girly cover: there's plenty inside to interest boys too. Follow the story of Dizzy's summer, from the moment her long-lost mum turns up on her 12th birthday and whisks her away to experience a very different life from the one she had before. Dizzy encounters a whole range of new people in places she'd never known existed, she makes new friends and experiences life on the road and under canvas at summer festivals. This page-turner makes you want to read on until you find out what happens. By the end of the story Dizzy has changed in a way she couldn't have, had she stayed at home with her dad - and guess where she ends up? I'm not telling you... What are you waiting for? Read it now!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This was a brillant start to Cathy Cassidys books.
The charecters are so believable and the book is ace.
I would reccomend this book to girls aged 10-14
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book 25 Jun. 2005
Dizzy's mum left when she was only five. Dizzy eagerly awaits the fantastic presents she is sent every year, but on date of her 12th, a shocking yet pleasing present awaits her- her Mum!
In a whisk, Storm- what Dizzy's mother calls herself- takes Dizzy to her place (although it's not quite what she expects)but not telling her dad and before the End of year Exams...!
They travel to Scotland, where Dizzy discovers her mum is a traveller.
She has a romance with a childhood friend- Finn (is that how you spell it?)- and makes new friends also.
This is a teenage masterpiece and if you're bored in the Summer hols, then read Dizzy! It will go down a treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy 12 Aug. 2011
By Heena
Dizzy is a twelve-year-old girl who lives with her single Dad. Every year on her birthday, Dizzy receives a birthday present from her Mum, who ran away when Dizzy was four years old. This is what happened: One night, Dizzy's Mum kissed her extra hard and whispered "I love you" her ear. When Dizzy awoke the next morning, her Mum was gone.
Dizzy and her Dad managed to live together until her twelfth birthday. The morning of her birthday was going perfectly normal and included all of Dizzy's birthday traditions: cheese on toast carved into a number, depending on how old she was, a flower in a jam-jar, a banana milkshake and a tube of smarties wrapped in blue tissue paper. When the birthday girl goes down, there is usually a present from her Mum waiting in the post. But not today.
Dizzy comes home from school to find a grubby, purple VW van in her driveway. Whose could it be? As Dizzy goes into the living room, she finds a small, tanned woman sitting on her couch. She has a pierced eyebrow and about a thousand earings on the same ear.
"Hello Dizzy, Happy Birthday! Gosh, how much you've grown!" said the woman.
"Hello, Mum." Dizzy Says, through tears.
It is a birthday tradition for Dizzy and her Dad to order a mushroom Pizza, but because Dizzy's Mum is a vegan, she makes Miso soup, read-bean stew and muesli cake. During the evening, Storm (Dizzy's Mum's nickname) gives Dizzy's dad a lot to drink. This is because Storm wants Dizzy to come with her to her hippy-festivals, but Dizzy's dad disagrees. So, Storm gets Dizzy's dad drunk. Without knowing, he agrees. Dizzy is under the impression that he really has let her go, so she goes along with Storm.
At the festivals, Dizzy is re-united with an old friend called Fin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't like Jacqueline Wilson! 5 Aug. 2006
I thought that the books by Cathy Cassidy were going to be like Jacqueline Wilson, but they weren't so that was Ok. They were the same subjects as her, but written in a better way. It made you feel that it was written to you, like a letter.

Dizzy is about a girl whose Mum left her when she was little. Every Birthday her Mum sends a card, but this Birthday her Mum turns up at her house and takes her away with her to lots of Hippie festivals and things like that. At first she thinks it is great, but does she really want to leave her Dad and her old life behind for this?
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay... 29 July 2014
By Lisa
My daughters review:
I decided to read this book after reading Cathy Cassidy's book Lucky Star and I feel like this story was a lot weaker then the sequel to this book. (I read them in the wrong order.)

Dizzy is about a girl named Dizzy who has grown up without knowing her mum. She lives with her dad and she's about to embark on yet another birthday of waiting for the post card to come from her mum to wish her something. However, when she arrives home, she fails to see a post card, but yet her mother herself! Dizzy's world takes a turn and Dizzy finds herself in the middle of a festival field, surrounded by old friends and new loves, as well as missing her dad terribly. She witnesses new highs and lows that she never thought existed and as she continues to live life as a 'crusty', Dizzy finds that the person she adored and trusted is far from what she imagined.

Personally, Dizzy was quite a weak story for me. I know I'm not the target audience for the novel, but it failed to even appeal to me as a child, so I thought re-reading it now could show some kind of connection for me. The characters were predictable and weakly built. Although it highlighted the highs and lows of festival life, the rest of the story was pretty bleak. It was mainly about a girl falling in love and despite the horrifying drama at the end, the only other issue is the fact that her mother lied to her. I like drama, but not too much, yet this book failed to have nearly enough for me. I would consider this book an extremely light read for people who just want something to read before bed. Also, although there are a lot of emotional chapters, I didn't find that this book tugged at my heart strings at all. It just made me carry on reading, waiting for something to happen - that never happened.

A great book for younger readers, definitely, but just not my cup of tea.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy
an amazing book that you can't put down. Once you read this one you have to read the rest of Cathy's collection! i found this book heat warming sad and surprising all in one. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for Dizzy, Finn, Leggit and little mouse
Everyone in my family has a kindle so when I got mine I was overwhelmed. This is one of the first Cathy Cassidy books that I have ever read and ive got to say that i love her books... Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Asantes
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this book dizzy is by far the best of cathy Cassidy's books I have ever read it is really enjoyable
Published 11 months ago by Emma Conacur
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZ!!!!!!!
Absolutely fab. Broke my heart.lovely words and meaning.It almost turns the pages for you.just like my life. Loved it . Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Dizzy - Cathy Cassidy
Great Book, Good Price whether it be new or second hand. The book is part of a set and will keep buying them as long as i can get hold of them.
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