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Midnight [Paperback]

Jacqueline Wilson
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4 Oct 2004
Violet has always been in the shadow of her mesmerising, controlling brother Will - by turns delightful and terrifying. Now that Will has learned a shocking secret about his own past, things seem to be getting worse. Violet retreats further into her fantasy world built around the fairy characters created by her favourite author, Casper Dream. The arrival of Jasmine, a new girl at school who immediately befriends Violet, seems like it might change Violet's life for the better and allow her to break free of Will's spell. But is Jasmine a true friend? A magical and atmospheric novel, with fascinating insight into the world of a writer.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440865786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440865780
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,462 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A magical tale: five stars" Mizz "Another beautifully written Jacqueline Wilson story" Reading Matters "This is the work of a true children's writing genius" The Good Book Guide "This is Wilson on top form, moving with ease between reality and fantasy, darkness and light" Books for Keeps "Another fantastic read from Jacqueline Wilson" Derby Evening Telegraph --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight 5 Nov 2003
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 13 Sep 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make A Wish (Slight Spoilers) 15 May 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Amazing Plot 3 Jun 2014
By Lisa
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AB FAB 4 Feb 2005
This book is a very realistic book.The author Jacqueline Wislon uses real life problems and devolps them into this book! The girl Violet is just a 13 yr old, but not like any ordinary 13 yr old.Violet has no friends until this new girl joins her class called Jasmine. Jasmine's parents are divorced and very famous so when Jasmine asks Violet to be her best friend Violet is amazed. They become best friends! Also Violet is very attached to her brother Will! Who is adopoted, she also loves Casper Dream books and fairies! One day Violet invites Jasmine to her house whilst her parents are out and Will is looking after her. They play truth or dare, one of Violets dares is to go up in the attic for 10 mins. When Violet descends back to the landing she finds a horrible surprise! She runs away to Casper Dreams old home address and has a strange encounter with a very special person!
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I loved this book and I think was absolutely amazing! I would recommend this book to girls and boys who like faries and a world of fantasy!
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