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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141375329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141375328
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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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.

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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.

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By FLB VINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2012
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This book could not have come at a better time and arrived just before my 10 year old twin girls started a new school and moved away from all their friends.

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.
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2012
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The first book in the Life of Pea series, aimed at 8-12 year old girls.

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.
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I am a terrible one for judging books by their covers, but then Oscar Wilde did write "It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances". Mind you, that was in A Picture of Dorian Gray. In Pea's Book of Best Friends case the pink and the stars and the butterflies really don't do credit to this little title. There is a lot of seriousness in this book, about feeling lost and alone, about the adult world being inexplicable and sometimes rather cruel. Your mother writing a mermaid series of stories for little girls where the mermaid based on you turns out evil and is dead by book three stood out. But the heroine of the story, who I hope grows to embrace her full name (if this book does, as it richly deserves, turns into the first of a series), rises above this and the many other trials and tribulations thrown her way. The climax of the story with a lost little sister in a suddenly very real and dangerous, and large cold world was quite gripping.

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)."
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By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2012
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This book is aimed at the slightlty older girls - it is a really different
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.
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My daughter loves this book. Written in a child friendly way, this has language and storytelling which engages children and holds their attention to complete the entire book.

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!
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As you can see from the introduction reproduced above the language and grammar in this book is quite modern and to me a little awkward. However Susie Day is definitely good news. She advocates reading as an everyday, cool occupation. Something teens, tweens, young readers in general can be proud of making part of their busy lives. Her photo shows a cheeky, happy pixy face smiling out at the world with a twinkle in her eye.

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.
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