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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (2 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007121539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007121533
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Ure has been writing for almost as long as she can remember. She had her first book published while she was still at school and has been writing ever since.

Over the years she has tried her hand at many different genres, sometimes through necessity, sometimes to fulfil a commission, sometimes for the sheer fun of experimenting; but the genre in which she is most at home is the genre in which she started out,which would no doubt be pigeon-holed in that dull and stodgy-sounding category, Social Realism. Her books, however, are far from either dull or stodgy. They are essentially books about young people, her protagonists typically being somewhere between the ages of ten and fourteen. Many have serious themes, even, in the case of BECKY BANANAS, tragic; others are more light-hearted. But all are written with warmth and humour and a lightness of touch which can entice even the most reluctant of readers whilst still providing food for thought.

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Fruit and Nutcase
“…this is an upbeat yet gritty story about the tenacity of love and the fact that life is never perfect.”
Scotland on Sunday

Becky Bananas
“…the writing transcends any trace of heaviness”
Guardian

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This is the story of how Mandy learns to cope with her untidy life and finally emerges triumphant.

Mandy Small has trouble writing so Cat, her teacher, suggests that she tells her life story into a tape recorder. So begins Mandy’s funny and sometimes sad story of life with her loving but chaotic parents – Dad, the Elvis look-alike, and Mum, whose idea of a special meal is burnt toast!

Then there’s school, where the horrible Tracey Bigg picks on Mandy and her timid friend, Oliver, not to mention Old Misery Guts, the landlady and Nan, who thinks that Mandy’s parents aren’t fit to look after her. With so many things to worry about, Mandy begins to think that she’s in danger of turning into a real Fruit and Nutcase!

Mandy’s story, told in the form of diary into a tape recorder, is a funny and often moving account of a child’s everyday life, with all its difficulties. Hilariously illustrated by Mick Brownfield.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kingbecky@madasafish.com on 27 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'd recommend this book to readers of ten or eleven, but if you're a massive Jean Ure fan like me then you should get it anyway, however old you happen to be! It is a brilliant book, original and well-written. It's funny, but it has a serious side as well. Everyone should have a copy! Buy it now!
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Format: Paperback
I read this easy in the school library where Mandy Small's teacher, Cat suggests she record her life on tape so she does and she talks about her social life, friends and family. Great book!
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By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
It's a very good book which is light to read and interesting!! Jean Ure's books are so good and this was one of my favourites!
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