“ Author: Jacqueline Wilson / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 09 October 2008 / Genre: Children's General Fiction / Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK / Title: Best Friends / ISBN 13: 9780440868514 / ISBN 10: 0440868514 „
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Jacqueline Wilson is an award winning author who has written many fantastic books. As a child she was my favourite author and I still read her books today.
Jacqueline likes to write books about real situations children find themselves in, for example, parents divorce, death of a pet, living with step families. This particular book is about a best friend moving away.
The two children Gemma and Alice are best friends, as they have been all their life. Gemma is a tomboy who loves to play football whilst Alice loves ballet but there differences have never effected the friendship they have. When Gemma learns that Alice is moving away to Scotland they are devastated at the thought of not seeing each other but after the move Alice starts to enjoy it after she is spoilt and makes friend with the posh and snobby Flora. Gemma doesn't like Flora at all as she believes she is taking her friend away. Will Gemma and Alice stay friends forever?
I really enjoyed reading this book as I could relate to the story with my best friend who moved away whilst I was a child.
As with all of Jacqueline's books it was easy to read and get into quickly. I was always left wanting to read more.
The illustrations helped visualise what was happening although the description alone allows you to get a good picture. The illustrations are by Nick Sharratt who has illustrated most of Jacqueline's books and does an excellent job time after time. They are small black and white pictures which don't take over the page but are nice to have.
The book was first published in 2004 and has 228 pages. It is available in both hardback and paperback. The version I have is paperback (cheaper and not as hard if you fall asleep reading it!)
This book is one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books and was once turned into a television series for CBBC. A must read for girls.