The first book in the Life of Pea series, aimed at 8-12 year old girls.
Pea Llewellyn lives in rural Tenby with her sisters Clover and Tinkerbell, her mother and her dog Wuffly. When Pea's mother changes her name to Marina Cove and becomes the brilliant author of 'Mermaid Girls', everything changes for the three daughters. First they move to London, so that means going to a completely new school, finding and making new friends and try to act 'Londonish'. Pea struggles to find new friends, as do her sisters. Tinkerbell doesn't adjust to city life and tries to make as much trouble as possible, in fact everyone in the family finds adapting to London difficult, the question is will they settle or return to Tenby?
My daughter, who is nine, loved this story. She said it was full of exciting events, and liked Tinkerbell in particular because she is very cheeky and full of bright ideas. The story is realistic and makes readers feel as if they are there, involved in it. She read the whole book in less than three days, always hungry for more - in fact she was a little sad when it finished simply because she wanted to keep on reading more of the same. She said the story was different, not boring at any time, and every character had a clearly defined personality which made it all the more of a pleasure.
A strong recommendation, then, for children in the age group of about 7/8 up to perhaps 12 or 13.