The Diamond Girls Mass Market Paperback – 3 Oct 2005
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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. Its 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 Dixies mum goes into labour. Left to fend for themselves the sisters soon go their separate ways, despite their mums 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. Its 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. Theyre entertainment, but theres more to them than that. Wilson is a national institution! (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"This book is yet another fantastic contribution from Jacqueline Wilson : as always it is a straightforward read with challenging content." (Bookseller)
"'It's another lovely Jacqueline Wilosn story, full of high drama and gentle moments and the blinding truth. Highly recommended.'" (Reading Matters)
"One of the wildest and best books by Jacqueline Wilson!" (Independent)
"A great reality read for girls." (The Sun)
"In top paperback product previews" (The Children's Bookseller)
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By Jessica Lenton
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.Read more ›
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it is an awesome book and my favourite character is Dixie. I read it in one day but the only thing wrong with it is that you can't put it down.Published 6 months ago by rainbow