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Driftwood [Paperback]

Cathy Cassidy
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Book Description

2 Jun 2011

Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy is a touching, utterly brilliant novel for girls aged 9+

'I feel like I'm losing my best mate . . .'

Hannah and Joey have been best friends forever - just the two of them. But when Joey's new foster brother, Paul, turns up, everything changes. First Joey falls for Hannah's brother, Kit. Then Paul complicates things - with some kittens, a chocolate bar and a stripy pink bicycle.

Hannah's world is turning upside down. Can you rescue a friendship when it's drowning? Can you save a friend in trouble - if they don't want to be saved?

Can Hannah stop her friends from drifting apart?

'Touching, tender and unforgettable' - Guardian

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

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


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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141338881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141338880
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Cassidy has worked as an editor on Jackie magazine, a teacher and an agony aunt. She lives in Scotland with her husband, two young children and various animals.


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4.9 out of 5 stars
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab characters, totally believable 4 Sep 2005
By A Customer
driftwood is fantastic - a book you can race through but with characters which stay with you for ages afterwards. I was really rooting for paul, wanting his life to turn around - and didn't guess the ending at all. It's great to read a book that takes a sensitive look at bullying, and not fitting in, and shows that the 'baddies' aren't always who you'd expect them to be. I loved this, and can't wait for Cathy's next book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and believable! 31 Aug 2007
This book was one of the best books i've ever read!
You can relate to what the charecters are going through and i felt so sorry for Paul.
You should definitely get this book - i would reccomend to ages 10-14
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and totally believable 1 Sep 2005
By A Customer
This is a lovely, touching book about love, friendship, and being different and not fitting in. The characters are so real, and you really find yourself rooting for Paul - wanting his life to turn around. It's great to read a book where the 'baddies' aren't at all obvious or who you'd expect them to be.
Driftwood is a fantastic heartwarming read from a brilliant author whose books are original and beautifully written. You can race through it, but it's thought provoking and the characters stay in your mind for ages afterwards. And I didn't guess the ending, either!
Can't wait for the next Cathy Cassidy book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!! 6 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
WOW! This was the first of cathy casssidy's books I read and I loved it soo much I bought all her books after! If you've been bullied or you are being bullied this can help! A book about friendship! Paul sounds like a great person and cute too this teaches you to speak out!
Hannah and Joey are best mates but Joey fallls for Hannahs bro kit who Hannah thinks is a pain in the bum! Hannah is losing her best mate for planet slush.
Then Paul starts getting bullied hannah wants to telll a teacher but Paul tells her to leave it even though he's unhappy.
Then he goes missing and everything goes pear shaped thanks to the bullies.
I'd recommend it to anyone 10 or over even though I read it when I was 9 and i didn't quite understand it as I do now! A great read!

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4.0 out of 5 stars FAB 28 Jan 2008
I am ten and Driftwood is the first book i have read by cathy cassidy and it definitely won't be the last.
I found this book thrilling ,original and most of all it made me realize that some people are very different than others.
I would recommend this book to adventurous readers and anyone who doesn't mind a tear full story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Another Cathy adictive read! 13 Dec 2009
A Kid's Review
I am a huge fan of Cathy Cassidy, I like all her books, coz I find them really addictive, exciting ans touching reads, and i recemend them all.

The basic story line touches on romance between friends syblings, and awkwardness of the sort. When the girls brother, Kit, begins going out with her best friend, and she falls in love with her misterious foster- brother who is bullied mercilacly at school.
The book goes through to twists and turns in the plot. Just as you think that you have predicted the ending, another twist comes in, changing your mind completly.
The plot unfolds perfectly and throws in little bonus' like cute kittens, portraits and pink stripy bikes.

I recomend this book for EVERYONE! it is a child - teenage book, but any adult could pick it up as a light read and not be able to put it back down.
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By Lisa
My daughters review:
Driftwood was a beautiful book full of drama, harsh reality and truth and I utterly adored every minute.

Driftwood is about a girl named Hannah (which was a bonus because thats my name) who goes to school with her best friend Joey. Hannah's brother, Kit, is head over heels for Joey and Joey is on a war with uniform and school rules. She's quirky and enjoys individuality. Although Joey enjoys demanding her head teacher around and being different, Joey is actually far different then just her looks. She was fostered by a beautiful couple called Jed and Eva who are creative and enjoy watching Joey float with her own individuality. So, when they announce their adopting a new child, Paul, Joey is obsessed with the idea. But all goes wrong when Joey and Kit end up together and Hannah is left seeing what her brother and his loser friends are doing to the new kid, Paul. They're bullying him. Hannah faces the reality of loving someone who may not love her back, watching her best friend fall in love with her bullying brother whilst watching her brother bully her own love for being different. Yet, when Hannah realises a big secret and the truth behind Paul, she falls even more so in love.

Cathy Cassidy has touched the truth on fostering so beautifully. She's able to portray how it can effect someone without writing it from the foster child's perspective. Cathy has also ensured that Hannah is not the main character here, and just uses her simply as a narrator which allows you to understand some feelings but having to create your own opinions and feelings too. She has also touched on mental health, self harm and depression as well as suicide in this book, but without making it harsh or bombarding you with too much information. It's subtle but it's real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driftwood 25 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I personally think that the book is an heart beating moment. I would of told you what it is but I do not want to spoil it for you. If I was you you should buy it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driftwood by Cathy cassidy
I thought this was an amazing book I loved it!! :)
It hooked me in right from the beginning!
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs M. Oakley
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This book is NOW one of my favourite Cathy Cassidy books I will definitely read some of her others books.
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Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who's ever felt they don't fit in.
OK, so I'm WAY older than the intended audience, but as I'm something of a "Crazy Cat Lady", I spotted in the blurb that the characters find some abandoned kittens (I work... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss B. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful buy
This is a good book about a girl called Hannah and a girl called Joey and Joey has a foster brother called Paul and he gets bullied too afraid to tell his foster parents and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by thecoolkidwhobringsdeath
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellis
I freaking LOVED this book, it was so sad but everything worked out in the end!!! It didn't end up all most like I expected it was really nice to read and I really enjoyed it!!!
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it but was not my type of story line
I didn't understand the whole story line but I still really enjoyed this book and I finished it within a 2 days! I would recommend this book
Published 12 months ago by Berkshire CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Driftwood by lolly
Driftwood is a heart warming story. About friendship and love. It is about a girl called Hannah,her best mate Joey,kit Hannah's brother and Paul Joey's foster brother. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Scarlett Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv it
My mum always says do not buy a book u have read be for, I ended up begging her for it. I love it :-)!!!!!
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