Pea’s Book of Best Friends Paperback – 7 Jul 2016
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"If you love Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy, you'll love this gigglesome tale. A story about making friends, quirky families and new schools." (Go Girl)
"The first in the Pea series is a modern classic in the making, with stunning characters, really engaging prose, and a lovely plot. Massively recommended!" (The Bookbag) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Prepare to meet fiction's newest heroine - Pea! The first in a fresh and funny new series for girls aged 8+ --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The story of Pea is enchanting and follows her through some difficult new beginnings, my girls could relate to the character and I think they found the story quite reassuring whilst they started their new school.
The story has a really nice feel to it, the writing is good and my girls chatted about the book for a while afterwards.....they would love to read other books by this author and compared her to Jacqueline Wilson.....another of their favoured authors.
Pea Llewellyn lives in rural Tenby with her sisters Clover and Tinkerbell, her mother and her dog Wuffly. When Pea's mother changes her name to Marina Cove and becomes the brilliant author of 'Mermaid Girls', everything changes for the three daughters. First they move to London, so that means going to a completely new school, finding and making new friends and try to act 'Londonish'. Pea struggles to find new friends, as do her sisters. Tinkerbell doesn't adjust to city life and tries to make as much trouble as possible, in fact everyone in the family finds adapting to London difficult, the question is will they settle or return to Tenby?
My daughter, who is nine, loved this story. She said it was full of exciting events, and liked Tinkerbell in particular because she is very cheeky and full of bright ideas. The story is realistic and makes readers feel as if they are there, involved in it. She read the whole book in less than three days, always hungry for more - in fact she was a little sad when it finished simply because she wanted to keep on reading more of the same. She said the story was different, not boring at any time, and every character had a clearly defined personality which made it all the more of a pleasure.
A strong recommendation, then, for children in the age group of about 7/8 up to perhaps 12 or 13.
The age it's aimed at seems to be age 8-11, though I do wonder if some references will go whizzing merrily above its intended readership's heads. My daughter certainly wouldn't pick up on the Misery-like number one fan.
The too long didn't read version: "great story for the 8-11s, though they may need some cuddles and tissues at times (even if they pretend they don't)."
and hugely enjoyable read.
Pea Llewellyn lives in Tenby with her mum and her two sisters Clover and
Tinkerbell. Pea's mother is a writer who changes her name to Mermaid Cove
and then everything else changes as well.
I was a little taken aback at first with the content but as the book
bowls along - at a cracking pace - I began to realise that the author is
in tune with the way times have and still are changing.
My grand daughter loved the book and the author makes the point subtly
throughout the story that reading is so cool.
A really really lovely book that not only is enjoyable for girls for
any children who are moving house or changing schools or dealing with
upheavels it is a wonderful reassuring book, we both absolutely loved it
well done Susie Day.
This is an ideal text to encourage independent reading and has left my daughter asking for the other books in the series!
I would definitely recommend this for other little girls!
She writes about `weird wonky families' and so no one should be surprised that the three sisters Pea, Clover and Tinkerbelle all have different, interesting sounding Dads. Their new next-door neighbours, twins Sam One and Sam Two have two Mums. A rich mix that might possibly be a bit heady for an eight year old from a less exotic background. Easily skated over though. The English isn't that 'traditional' either- as you might conclude from the above title, drawn from the text.
Their mum aka Marina Cove is now a successful children's' author herself, meeting deadlines for more and more mermaid stories set by a scarey `Dreaditor'. They have moved from Tenby to London, not a universally popular decision. Problems over making new friendships and adapting to a different life, settling in to school especially, naturally ensue. Mysteries, misunderstandings, all seen from Pea's quirky, cheery viewpoint, entangle and enthral.
I, an over sixty now, read this ahead of my great niece who I hoped would enjoy it. It shook me up a bit; I admit I was taken aback by the casual acceptance of pretty complex family issues, as well as a farcical encounter with a child psychologist early on. Because we are chucked in at the deep end rather, I bemusedly wondered how many books previous to this I had missed.Read more ›
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One of the best books I have ever read! I was just going to read a few pages but I got gripped right in . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emilia Neale
My 11 year old daughter and I love absolutely love this book. So heartwarming, sensitive and humorous.Published 14 months ago by Janey Colbourne
Bought this for my daughter who enjoyed it so much I ended up reading it myself. It's a lovely story filled with fun, quirky characters. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2015 by ruth fitzgerald
This isn't my usual kind of book: it's the younger end of MG, it isn't fantasy, there's no big adventure story, and it's pink *gasp*. BUT... Read morePublished on 30 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
Pea has moved to London with her family, and it's very exciting. Mum, Pea and her sisters Clover and Tinkerbell have their own front door, painted raspberry red with a gold... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by elkiedee
I really enjoy reading a children's book from time to time, the quality is so high and this was no exception. Read morePublished on 16 April 2014 by L. H. Healy
Read by my 9 year old daughter who loves to read. She tends to abandon books part way through if it is not to her taste or she gets bored, and she does get bored easily, but she... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by McColey