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The Diamond Girls [Hardcover]

Jacqueline Wilson , Nick Sharratt
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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7 Oct 2004
Dixie is the youngest of the Diamond family. She and her sisters, dreamy Martine, glamorous Rochelle and tough Jude, could hardly be more different from each other but their Mum's tried to teach them the value of sticking together. Now Mum's expecting yet another baby and she's convinced this one's a boy. Time to move to a bigger place, she insists, and the girls scarcely have time to protest before they find themselves at their new house. It's rough, dilapidated and filthy and before they've even unpacked the furniture, Mum goes into labour! By the time Mum comes home with the new baby, Jude's been in a fight, Rochelle's found a new boyfriend and Martine's stormed off. Only Dixie stays loyally by Mum's side - so only Dixie spots her secret- Another slice of realistic contemporary life, from the UK's most popular children's author.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens; 1st edition (7 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385606079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385606073
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 16 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Amazon Review

The Diamond Girls is a wonderfully typical novel by Jacqueline Wilson. It has everything her fans expect… and demand. "A typical slice of real life," proclaims the jacket. "Tough on the outside, warm on the inside." It has some great characters, who talk like normal people talk, some tough moments, some heart-melting moments, a few teasing cliff hangers and a satisfying ending. Hoorah for consistency!

Dixie is the youngest of the Diamond girls and the narrator of the story. Her sisters--Rochelle, Jude and Martine are all very different and each have their owns needs, strengths and weaknesses. Together with their mum, heavily pregnant with baby number five, the family move to a rundown dream house that turns out to be anything but. It’s on the roughest estate ever, and is rough, dilapidated and dirty, with peeling wallpaper and rude words spray-painted all over the front door.

Disaster strikes immediately when Dixie’s mum goes into labour. Left to fend for themselves the sisters soon go their separate ways, despite their mum’s wise words that they should always stick together no matter what. Dixie is the only one who supports her mum when she comes back with Baby Sundance and helps to get the house put right and everybody back together. It’s a big task.

Books by Jacqueline Wilson come along at adoringly-appreciated rate of two a year now--one in the Spring, another in the Autumn. But to dismiss The Diamond Girls as yet another novel in a production line of kitchen-sink trauma-dramas is to vastly under-appreciate its immense value and worth. Importantly, with each new story, Wilson deftly chronicles, with insight and skill, the sort of life many children may experience either directly or indirectly. They’re entertainment, but there’s more to them than that. Wilson is a national institution! (Age 10 and over) --John McLay

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" She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance." -- "Independent on Sunday" "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars feisty girls! 6 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This another one of my favourites, and again explores many issues that go on in the outside world. i can refer to this story from my own experiences especially with little mary and the way her mum treats her. I don't think this book is suitable for under 12's because of most of it is grown up stuff with the girls constant fights, teenage pregancy, physical abuse. I am 19 and i love this book so much so i had 2 get it in the hardback edition!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book 2 Aug 2011
By giid
Format:Paperback
well actually they're called the diamond girls because that's their name. they're not fabulously rich or famous or beautiful. they're a bit rough,but their hearts are in the right place -they're rough diamonds! there are four diamond girls.there's martine,jude, Rochelle and Dixie. four girls,four different fathers.but only mum lives at home with the girls.so that makes five diamond girls really.buts that the end of the diamond girl can run because mums having another baby and this times its a boy. mum knows because they have seen it in the stars. that why they have to move. they need more space now there's a little footballer on the way
I'm doing this for all of us. We need a bigger place, now you're all having a little brother.' Mum patted her stomach.
She said it as if we'd all begged for a brother. We'd all been appalled and embarrassed when she told us she was going to have another baby.

Can you imagine what it's like living in a house full of girls, even if they are Diamonds? Maybe you already know what it's like? With the Diamonds there's a great deal of squabbling, and tears and tantrums, and oodles of nail varnish and pink fluffy bits and pieces and bottle blonde hair. And there are boyfriends, of course. They cause a bit of a stir. It's all a bit much for Dixie, who's a dreamer. She hangs on to Bluebell. A budgie. Up her sleeve. Pretend.

It's a bit much for Mum as well, what with the baby, and the move, and all. What they really need is a nice steady bloke with a heart of gold who'll come and help them move their stuff to the new place and sort things out for them a bit:

It was a small skinny guy with a bad haircut and round glasses. They didn't sit comfortably so he had to wrinkle his nose and hitch them up every few seconds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 7 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter is a massive fan if Jacquline Wilson, she has read this and re-read this book over and over again. The way Jacquline writes her books is very capitavting. My daughter has loved the adventures in thsi book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars relevant issues 30 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover
As a (semi) adult reader of Jacqueline Wilson, I have developed and increasing amount of respect for her books and the way they deal with so many awkward gritty issues, like child abuse, divorce, child neglect, etc... And in this book, bad parenting - not by the fathers, but by the mothers. I was touched by this book, highlighting the strength of children in the face of some of the darkest adversity. And the kindness and warmth of strangers, in Bruce. Most of all, it was Mary's story that saddened me. The book doesn't deliver a wishy-washy feel good ending either. Teen pregnancy, delusional mothers, absent fathers ... this book has it all, and gives it to you how it is. And, in the end, family's unconditional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 14 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book had me on the edge of my seat...... I hope there will be a sequel to this book because I am DYING to know whether they get on Ok.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book 1 Mar 2013
By Shannon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Diamond girls was a lovely book I chose it because their are lots of girls in my family I recommend it to ages eleven and up
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! 20 Feb 2013
By Judy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant book! My favourite, it keeps you on the edge all time, I have read it again and again so many times!
I recommend this book to anyone!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this book because it is very interesting.once I started reading this book I could not put it down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good bok
I give dis tu mai frend burro he will lick dis bok just lick goc wan in day shower God God bok but it broc in day shower when I piid on it m8 Not god
Published 4 days ago by Aislinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The Diamond Girls is a lovely book because it shows that sisters can be so so so different and have totally different feelings
Published 6 days ago by Mr John Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter LOVES This Book
My daughter adored this book when she was growing up and recently re-read the book and updated me on how amazing it was. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was excellent! I love the way Jacqueline showed us a different type of background an storyline t he other books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kjc
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It is funny and sad and questioning at the same time but I also think it's a bit creepy because the girl talks to her sleave
Published 1 month ago by Vishal Weerasekera
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather like an episode of Jeremy Kyle...
'The Diamond Girls' centres around the lives of Dixie and her three sisters, their mother who is expecting their fifth child (surprise surprise, they all have different fathers)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by saintsophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon
This book is very interesting and realistic but also you never vet the slightest bit bored when you are reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond girls
This book is really good it's about four sisters and their mother is convinced she's having a baby boy , is she right though?
Published 4 months ago by Rindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Another J. Wilson
My daughter adores Jacqueline Wilson's books and says they are all five stars for her! She read this very quickly and enjoyed it a lot. She is eleven.
Published 4 months ago by Minnie
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Published 4 months ago by Erin
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