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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; 1st edition (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385606052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385606059
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Jacqueline Wilson's magical talent for writing novels for children of all ages that can brighten, sadden and enlighten all at the same time is legendary. Midnight is a shining example of that gift and is an unforgettable story about friendship, adoration and sibling worship. Wilson's subjects are always close at heart, her characters lovably flawed, but her endings are reassuringly uplifting.

It is the arrival of the intoxicatingly popular Jasmine, the daughter of a famous actor, at Violet's school that has impacted most on her life of late. Forever in the spell of her controlling and mesmerising older brother Will, Violet needs something to change for her. Will has discovered a shocking secret about his past that is making his behaviour even more strange and dangerous. His dreaded games of Truth or Dare often leave Violet's nerves in tatters. Will is distant, but Jasmine seems genuinely interested in her and her love of fairies. They even both like Casper Dream--the author of several popular fairy novels.

But Violet can't keep Jasmine away from her house forever and when Will and Jasmine get together and apparently exclude Violet--she can think of only one person who can help her... so she sets off by herself to find her favourite author.

Wilson's characters are no doubt agonisingly created, but seem effortlessly real and engaging--no wonder they've been adored by over 10-million readers since she first began writing for taunted teens and younger readers. Midnight is perhaps a slightly more subtle novel than is usual, tackling lots of different, overlapping themes at once and even touching on her own life--as demonstrated by the influence of the writer in the story, Casper Dream. This is another winning read. (Recommended for ages 10 and over.) --John McLay

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Dunlop on 5 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I usually find it hard to find books that I read and like. I have tried classics but often put them down after only reading a chapter or two, that was why I was thrilled when I discovered Jacqueline Wilson's Midnight.
Midnight is about a lonely girl called Violet. She is inspired by her favourite author, Casper Dream who writes about faires. Violet is his number one fan and writes him a letter every night but never sends them. She is over the moon when the new girl, Jasmine takes a shine to her and decides to be her only friend apart from her mysterious, adopted brother Will. Violet thinks that Jasmine is a wonderful, pretty girl,Which she is but everything changes when Jasmine meets Will.
Like all Jacqueline Wilson's books I have read, Midnight covers lots of issues such as friendship, love, bullying and loyalty. I couldn't put Midnight down and because of this it only took me four nights to read (which is a record for me!) but it is one of those books which you can read again and again and never get sick of it. Out of every single book I have ever read in my life Midnight is definently one of the best. Obviously a must read!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SideshowJazz1 on 15 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I first got this book when it first came out. I was seven years old, possibly eight. It didn't hold much appeal to me at the time, but as I got older, the book proved to have many interesting layers to look at.
The main plot is about Violet, a young teenager who is questioning her family life. She doesn't connect with her parents at all, but she adores her brother Will, although as of late, Will has learned that he is actually an adopted child, although he and Violet look alike. But Will is a very complicated character. He can be the best older brother in the world to Violet, but he can also be the most evil, and he finds it easy to control Violet at times, who, like her name, is a bit of a shrinking violet.
Then Jasmine appears on the scene. She's joining Violet's class. She's pretty, she's confident, and she and Violet are best friends almost instantly. But when Jasmine first sees Will, just as Violet is telling her about how they're not actually related, it's interest at first sight. Can Violet learn to stand up for herself with Jasmine's help, or is Will going to ruin it by having a hold over her best friend?
Violet's favourite books are fairy books by the artist Casper Dream. These play a huge part in the story. Violet has sewn the fairies in his books and hung them from the ceiling of her room. Late in the book, she makes Jasmine a fairy, although Jasmine secretly laughs at it. But the all-new introduction from Jacqueline says that she mirrored her three main characters with fairy characters - Will is the fairy changeling, replacing a beloved baby, Violet is the shy Violet Fairy, who is easily trampled upon, and Jasmine is an enchantress, with irresistible magic and beauty.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Brice on 13 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. I loved reading it. I loved the words and the way it was written. I could read it over and over again and I would never get bored of it. In it there's a girl called Violet, who has hardly any friends, apart from two girls. They are only her friends because they fancy her older brother called Will. Then a new girl called Jasmine comes to school. They become best friends and have great times together until Jasmine comes over one day and they play Truth or Dare with Will. Jasmine and Will dare Violet to go and sit in the loft for ten minutes. When the timer goes off, she comes down and finds her best friend and her brother kissing in his room.
Terribly upset, she runs away to find someone to help her and make her wishes come true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 3 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
It's very hard for my daughter to get sucked into a decent book. She likes the twists of harsh reality and brutal plot twists that make her brain ache with truth. However, she had always been fond of Jacqueline Wilson, and yet again - this was another success!

Violet is a lonely girl who lives with a family who are battling their own secrets. Will, her brother, is controlling and manipulative. Her father, a controlling policeman who manipulates Violet's mother in front of her, and her mother who is as weak as Violet yet as controlling as the rest of them. Violet has no friends and relies on her fairy-tales by Casper Dream, to let her mind breath. However, she's battling the ongoing torment of growing up and growing out of things. She is forever questioning if she should stop playing with her fairy dolls or if she should still be playing games with her brother. However, things change when she meets a new friend and whilst you follow Violet's journey, you are awakened into her lonely lost mind.

A beautiful page turner that is small enough for you to complete in good time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChloeTheUnicorn on 22 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
very interesting, I definitely recommend for 11+ girls quite sad near the end though but very good especially if you like jaqueline Wilson
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Format: Paperback
Midnight was a very good book in my opinion; it is deftly written with a slightly more mature tone than most of Jacqueline Wilson's books targeted at this age are, and I actually think it's one of her best written books in terms of style and flair.

However, I do have several gripes with this book and that's nothing to do with plot or Wilson's writing style; it is more to do with characterisation. Violet's brother Will evidently has a troubled disposition due to his recent revelation that he is adopted, but that is absolutely no excuse for his treatment of his sister which actually bordered on sadism. I was horrified and disgusted at some of the things he did to her - and even more so that Violet seemed utterly incapable of standing up for herself and more or less found justification for his bizarre behaviour. His attitude towards his parents was also nauseating. I'm not sure what Jacqueline was supposed to be doing with this character; whether she was supposed to be portraying the effects favouritism of offspring has on children and teenagers, or whether she was meant to be conveying how miserly and obnoxious some 15-year-old teenage boys can be towards their parents, or simply a troublesome power relationship between two siblings (I'm more inclined to believe it was this one). Anyway, I couldn't stand the character of Will; while he was at least very interesting to read about, I found him sickening and appalling who seemed nothing more than to revel in his self-inflicted isolation and get a kick out of tormenting his shrinking Violet.

Another thing which annoyed me about this book was Jasmine, and not necessarily because of the character herself, but the way Violet idolised and fawned over her, and to me it seemed purely from a superficial standpoint.
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