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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440867800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440867807
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,788 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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Eve Best reads Vicky Angel in this unabridged three-cassette pack.

Jacqueline Wilson never seems to disappoint her readers, and with Vicky Angel she once again pulls a little magic out of the hat and delivers another stunning novel with her trademark sensitivity and panache.

Jade and Vicky are best friends, but when Vicky is killed in an accident she doesn't let a little old thing like being dead interfere with her life. Instead, she continues as normal, following Jade around, telling her what to do, how to think, how to behave and ruining any chance Jade may have to make new friends. Eventually Jade tires of it all, and although she still loves Vicky deeply, she realises she has to get on with her own life.

Once again, Wilson digs deep and delves into tricky territory with a tenacity that at first shocks; but within a few minutes the shock subsides and the reader is drawn into Jade's world, willing her to come to terms with Vicky's death and praying that she will soon find her own way.

As ever, Wilson's characters are beautifully observed, and the story is filled to the brim with an emotional truth that is both awe inspiring and captivating. Jade's response to Vicky's death, her realisation that the pedestal on which Vicky was placed during her short life was not as stable as she first believed and the ultimate release from the burden of guilt and love are dealt with a sleight of hand that allows the reader to become completely involved with the story without a hint of darkness, captured instead by a lightness of touch that can only serve to make Wilson's peers green with envy. For ages eight and over.

Running time is four hours 15 minutes. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A complex and moving exploration of guilt and bereavement" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Readers will weep, identify and enjoy the book enormously" (Sunday Times)

"A terrific, involving read" (Daily Telegraph)

"A great read" (The Times)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By poo_chi_uk@yahoo.com on 2 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Jade and Vicky have an argument,before Vicky steps out into the road and gets knocked over by a car and killed.However,this isn't the end of their friendship!For Vicky returns as a ghost and shows that she's more trouble dead than she ever was alive! This is a funny and moving story that offers a quirky view of the afterlife.It deals with such themes as loyalty,trust and guilt,showing that sometimes only by letting go can a person fully understand how much they love somebody. Jacqueline Wilson writes with compassion and humour.This book entertains and will also stay with you afterwards,making you think again before taking your friends for granted. A life-affirming read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elle on 18 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
A perfect book about friends! Jacqueline Wilson knows how to move people and make them love the book that she has wrote. Some how she has that wonderful gift that I wish I had!
The story is about two best friends, who have the most powerful friendship, and nothing can take them apart. Not even a awful thing as death. Vickey will be a friend for life!
One of the best books on Friendship I have ever read!!! More stars please!!!!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By lizhayes_ist@hotmail.com on 12 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
I read Vicky's Angel with the view to buying multiple copies to read with my Fourth Grade class. I had heard good things about Jacqueline Wilson, my neice is an avid reader, so I decided to check out her latest offering.
I did not expect to find a book so well written or such a powerful exploration of the process of grief.
I do not need to explain the overt plot of the story, as many other reviews have done so, my purpose is to celebrate what I consider an exception book.
When I read Vicky's Angel, having recently read 'A Grief Observed' by C S Lewis, I was astounded to see the feelings of guilt and anger felt by the mourner, as described by Lewis, so well translated for a child audience. Lewis' musings about whether the dead also grieve are here too, as Vicky verbalizes her anger at her life cut short. Lewis' final poignant realisation that his image of his dead wife has been altered into an image of his own making must also translate to when Jade finds Vicky altered and can finally let her go!
Jacqueline Wilson is to be congratulated on this exceptional book. I can only surmise that she has had personal experience of grief and condole with her in this matter.
I will now be searching out and reading all her others books.
I recommend adults read this book and consider Vicky's Angel to be Jade's 'Grief Observed'
As a foot note I decided against using this book with 10 year olds as I found Vicky's regrets about never having experienced sex, while poignant, more suited to an older age group.
I also have to admit the fact that I found some passage so moving that I would be unable to discuss them in public.
Thank you Jacqueline Wilson for writing such a book. We need more books written for children that explore such shared human experiences.
Liz Hayes
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This story is about a friendship, so strong, it lasts after death. I KILLED HER Did Jade a plain, timid school girl kill her best friend, Vicky a bold, loud school girl after an argument they had? Jade frantically tries to remember whether she pushed Vicky under that car or did Vicky run into the road? Whilst Jade is trying to remember, Vicky appears and makes her presence felt! I really liked this story because it was told in a very emotional way and all of Jade's feelings and emotions were written in a way that everyone can relate to. Also if you know anyone who has had someone close to them die, you start to think about how they are feeling and how you can help them, which is a good, strong and powerful message to be able to deliver. I think this book is for all older readers because the issues dealt with in it are strong, this story will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you put your own problems alot lower down when you realise what other people could be suffering...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
I love this book! It really shows how important best mates are. It feels like you are part of the story. You grief with her, you laugh with her and you feel like you have just lost your best mate! Go into school and hive your bessie a big hug because they are so important and you just dont know until their gone. Be the one to say sorry before its too late. A brilliant read I recommend it to anyone of any age. you cant say your ever too young or old for Jacqueline Wilson!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Shah on 14 Sept. 2008
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This book was kind of exciting to read. You had to find out what Vicky was going to do next to her best friend however she could sound like a spoiled brat most of the time. The ending again as I've always said in Jacqueline Wilson's book was again very short and straight forward. It would have been better if more things happened even after everything was solved. Story is readable I guess but not the best I've read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By breaking through the silence on 9 April 2004
Format: Paperback
Vicky Angel is a touching story about a girl called Jade trying to get over her best friends death, which she thinks is all her fault. But whilst Jade is out trying to make new friends or is out running Vicky likes to make her prescence felt. But what will happen in the end will Jade live feeling guilty for Vicky's death for the resty of her life or will Vicky finally leave this place and go to heaven?
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