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Secrets [Paperback]

Jacqueline Wilson , Nick Sharratt
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6 Mar 2003
India lives in a large, luxurious house with a mum she can't stand and a dad she adores, though he hasn't had much time for her recently. She seeks solace in her journal, which she keeps in sincere imitation of her heroine, Anne Frank. Treasure lives on the local council estate with her loving and capable grandmother. She is devoted to her nan but lives in fear of having to go back to live with her mother and violent stepfather. A chance meeting sparks a great friendship between the girls. And when Treasure has to run away to avoid her stepfather, India comes up with a hiding place inspired by her favourite author. India hasn't got a real Secret Annexe but she has got a hidden attic...A fantastic new novel from our bestselling author about two girls from very different backgrounds, who are inspired by a famous young writer.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (6 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440865085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440865087
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,738 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 is bang on form with the superb Secrets, a stirring story of two young girls from opposite sides of the tracks and the effect they have on each others lives.

India lives in the lap of luxury on a posh housing estate. Her mum is a famous children's clothes designer and her dad is top man at a top company. But India is far from happy with her life. Her uptight anorexic mother does little to hide her disappointment in her chubby offspring, and her dad is decidedly distracted these days, so India follows in the footsteps of her heroine Anne Frank and reveals all in her secret diary.

Treasure lives in a council flat with her glamorous, line-dancing Nan but is scared she may one day have to go back to live with her mum. She, too, keeps a diary but hers is called the Terrible Terry Torture Manual and is filled with all the things she would like to do to get her own back on her bullying stepfather.

Treasure, the floppy-haired stringbean, and India, the rotund red-head, meet by chance and against the odds forge a friendship that is tested to the limit when Treasure runs away to avoid having to go and live with her mum and Terry again. The frightened little girl takes refuge in her new best friend's attic, while India relishes the chance to take care of a real Anne Frank...

Told via alternating entries from the two very different diaries, Secrets brimms with the stuff of pre-teen childhood (best friends, secrets, diaries and the allure of other people's families) while cleverly combining the swift realism of class barriers, broken homes and society's deep rooted suspicions.

Wilson does it again in a book that will undoubtedly win her new fans, but will also be warmly welcomed by anyone who has read The Illustrated Mum, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Vicky Angel, The Bed and Breakfast Star or any of the other superb award-winning titles this remarkable author has tucked safely under her belt. Age 8 and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


" Hugely popular with seven to ten years: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance." -- "Independent on Sunday" " Children and young teenagers will love this story, as the author speaks to them with a voice with which they wholly identify" -- "The Times Ed. Supplement" " Wilson's skilful way with dialogue and plot makes this moving, funny and uplifting story about friendship." -- "The Observer" " Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues." -- "Bookseller"

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book and immediately I knew that it would have pride of place on my bookshelves.Filled with detail,the superb writing made me feel as if I was actually in the same room as the two main characters, India and Treasure. I could particularly relate to India's frustration at times .
The keeping of diaries filled with secrets and the lives of the two girls truly brings out the outstanding originality of this story. With Treasure's currently happy life with her nan, which is continuously troubled by the prospect that she might have to go and live back with her mum and terrible stepfather and India's constant battle with her mother about her weight, on top of her dad who is apparently too busy to take notice of India anymore, you are slowly drawn into the lives of the girls throughout the book.
I loved this book, and I would seriously recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great book with an original storyline. It keeps my eyes glued to the pages whenever I read it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story about friendship 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Secrets is a very touching book about two girls and their life.India an Anne Frank addict meets a girl called Treasure.Treasure lives with her nan in a flat.She is trying to get away from her mum and mean step dad.And when Treasure runs away India is the only one who can help her.I rate this book 10/10 and i think 10-13 is a suitable age group for this excellent book.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this for my 11 year old; she devoured the book, but became quieter and more sad the more she read. Why? One of the joint heroine's has made a heroine of Anne Frank and there is quite a bit about the the Holocaust in the book. My daughter is young for her age and I had to explain all the references in the book to her. It ended up with both of us crying. She is too young to know about such things - it upset my other girl at 13 and she is far more emotionally mature than her sister at the same age.
It is a good story for 13-15 year olds, but it does not make this clear. If such a classification had existed, I would have bought the book for my elder daughter, not her sister.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read! 25 May 2002
By A Customer
This is a very exciting read.
It is about the troubles of friendship and family and will keep you reading till the end - it is funny but still gripping.
Treasure is a girl with serious family troubles - she hates her stepdad but her mum is always sticking up for him. India lives with her mum who she can't stand and her dad who she loves, but something's wrong. They meet by chance and are friends from the start. They go through highs and lows together but are always friends.
A brilliant book that shows that totally different people can be the best of friends and what a true friend really is. I'd recommend it for 11 year old's and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *[[ Secrets ]]* 3 May 2007
jacqueline wilson has done it again, produced a fabulous,account of the lives of two young girls who become friends, from very different backgrounds they share the one thing they both need...someone to listen. every chapter is written out as though a passage from alternately treasure's and india's diary. a funny, well-written, encouraging story of how two people from different backgrounds and extremely different personalities confide theyre biggest and darkest secrets.

recommended and reviewed by shannah berry,12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Wilson's Best 19 Dec 2006
I think that this is one of Wilson's best books--it introduces a traditional role model throughout the story, and has a significant parallelism to the life that this role model led. I think it is good that this runs through the story.

Also, Wilson has also once again succeeded in showing children emotions--there is also the issue of overcoming class within the story, which becomes the actual moral at the end.

Overall it shows how friendship can help with many problems such as family violence and over demanding something off someone, which helps to contribute to a very good story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting! 18 Mar 2004
By mazza
This is a really exciting read for older pre-teens. Younger kids still at Primary Scool (except perhaps final years of junior school) may have trouble understanding the many difficult issues that are broached in this story.
The author uses the theme of Anne Frank's Diary and in particular one of the main characters is a bit obsessed with her. This becomes a tad tedious as the story progresses and there comes a point when you think 'Oh please, stop!' but, having said that, this is a great read for young and old alike; it had me gasping out loud with excitement in parts!
If you can ignore the many dramatic liberties the author has taken throughout, you will love this story!
One major criticism though...this author does not have many boys or men as positive main characters which is very disappointing and in doing so, she is potentially marginalising half of the population (roughly).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 21 April 2002
By A Customer
Secrets is a brilliant book about India a rich young girl whos all time heroine is Anne Frank and tresure a girl who runs away to her nans house away from her mum and nasty step dad. India and Tresure are two very different girls who become best friends, they go through alot together but this book shows that real best friends are always there for you. I have read all of Jacqueline Wilsons books and reccomend them all but this is probly one of her best. It was emotional and funny.I couldn't put it down.
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It was so-oooooooooooooooooooo sad an cool I hated the step-dad but love the Nan !!! It's a wonderful, awesome story!!
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once again jacqueline wilson has written a great book. all about two girls for totally different backgrounds. Amazing!!! I love this book!
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