My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson

Reading with my daughter is one of my greatest pleasures. And regular readers will know that we like nothing better than a Jacqueline Wilson.

She bought My Sister Jodie a couple of months back, and the lady in the shop warned us it was a sad one. But, as readers of Jacqueline Wilson know, they nearly always are sad ones!

The blurb certainly sounded interesting. Two sisters Pearl, who tells the story, and Jodie, her elder sister move to a posh private school when their parents get jobs there. The blurb describes how Pearl, who has always found fitting in harder than Jodie, is the one to make friends, while Jodie struggles to fit in. Then it mention a tragic event at the school firework night.

This is without a doubt a very sad book. And the blurb sums up the story well. But my one BIG complaint about it is that the story all appears in the last quarter of the book. The rest of it is really scene-setting. Yes, it’s interesting finding out the secrets of Melchester College and seeing the girls making their first few friends and getting to know the staff, but all of this stuff is before term even starts.

It is actually very near the end of the book when the other kids arrive for the start of term and Jodie discovers she doesn’t fit in and starts to rebel.

There is a nice little twist at the end, which I’d kind of guessed, but was starting to think wouldn’t happen. But this isn’t Jacqueline Wilson’s finest hour. My Sister Jodie genuinely should have been half the length it actually was. We have high hopes for Wave Me Goodbye, which is her latest book and we will be reading as soon as we’ve read another flipping Dork Diaries book!

My Sister Jodie, Jacqueline Wilson, Book review

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’m not sure if my eldest has read this one yet, we’ve fallen behind on Jacqueline Wilson books in favour of things like Harry Potter and Shadowhunters. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    • It wouldn’t be my first choice if she was tempted to go back to them! We’ve read so many Jacqueline Wilsons, but there’s still a lot to read! Sadly my daughter doesn’t want to read Harry Potter 🙁

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  2. I’ve bought Kaycee numerous JW books but they just don’t seem to grab her. She’s currently reading the set of Secret books (the first is called The Name Of This Is Book Is Secret) and she thinks they’re brilliant 🙂

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    • It’s good that she’s found something she likes. You have to like sad stories and real life stories to enjoy JW. They’re not for everyone, but my daughter loves them!

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  3. I loved Jacqueline Wilson’s stories growing up! The Lottie Project really made an impression on me! I wonder if that’s partly why my daughter is called Lottie! #readwithme

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    • You make me feel old now! She wasn’t around when I was growing up. My daughter loved The Lottie Project. She read that one at school, so I haven’t read it.

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  4. We’ve just read Hetty Feather here, it was our first Jacqueline Wilson book. There are so many that it’s difficult to know which one to read next but maybe we’ll look out for some of her others before reading this one.

    #ReadWithMe

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    • There are loads of them! It’s nice to read the entire Hetty Feather series in order. There’s also Katy, Opal Plumstead, The Butterfly Club and Bad Girls, which are just a few of my favourites.

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  5. I’ve never really got into Jacqueline Wilson books. Don’t know why, but none of my kids bothered with them.
    #readwithme

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    • They’re not to everyone’s tastes as they always focus on quite difficult situations and not everyone wants to read that! My daughter and I love them though!

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  6. I loved Jacqueline Wilson books when I was younger and still have a huge collection of her books. She is such a talented writer. #readwithme

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    • She really is a talented writer! You make me feel old now! I have only experienced Jacqueline Wilson through my daughter rather than for myself.

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  7. My daughter is a big fan of this author but not sure if she has read this one. Mixed feelings seems to be a theme this week with people joining in the Read with Me linky this week. From your description it sounds a bit like Mallory Towers and so on.

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    • Yes, there is a real feeling of Mallory Towers and those old boarding school books. The descriptions of life at the school really paint a vivid picture and I enjoyed them, but they didn’t seem essential to the plot!

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