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The Diamond Girls Mass Market Paperback – 3 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055255376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552553766
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,605,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"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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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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Out of all the books J.W has ever written, this one is by far one of the best. It explores many issues that go on in the outside world. The basic story is mum is having a baby and she thinks that the family needs more room. So she buys a house in a place called the planet estate and she tells the diamond girls that there moving straight away. There are four diamond girls Dixie, who is ten, Jude, who is fourteen, Rochelle, who is eleven and Martine, who is sixteen. They don't all get on and there are is a lot of arguing between them and the oldest has a secret that she doesn't tell anyone. Jude also gets into a lot of fights. All the girls have different dads but the only dad you do meet in the book is Dixie`s dad. There is also a guy named Bruce who helps them move in to the new house and he acts like a sort of uncle to the girls. When the family move to there new house its in a very rundown area and the house is a tip, all broken and messy and damaged. But they have not even started unpacking yet when mum goes into labour. Mum is convinced the babies a boy but only Dixie knows the truth. Full of drama, excitement and madness, this book shows you the fun and not so fun things about having a huge family. I read this book from start to finish in a day. I found the story so easy to understand and the way that J.W writes her novels is just amazing because the story flows perfectly from one bit to the other. I like all J.W books but the diamond girls is definitely one of my favourites. I would recommend this book to ages 10 and up because the book contains a little bit of teenage pregnancy and domestic abuse but its not that bad so i think it its suitable for all ages really. Teenagers buy this book. Because its awesome!!!
By Jessica Lenton
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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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By A Customer on 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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When I say tough, I mean the hard-core subjects of The Diamond Girls. It has mild language, not a thing you don't know, and themes are pregnancy and... I don't know. Martine, Jude, Rochelle and Dixie are sisters all with a different dad. They go to the Estate to move somewhere. Their mom is pregnant, Martine is cross, Jude's gone wild, and Rochelle is flirting with boys. Dixie, the baby of the family, just wants to have a peaceful life back at home. But Martine goes missing- and there's something odd about little Mary next door... The Diamond Girls is a real-life read full of suspense, grit, wit and imagination. Classic Jacqueline Wilson at its best, and recommend for girls who want an exciting and modern read.
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