Katy by Jacqueline Wilson

There are many reasons why I love having a daughter, but one of them is definitely being able to read Jacqueline Wilson books! I always liked the look of Jacqueline Wilson books, but boys wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole (not just my boys, any boys). She writes the most incredibly moving stories about girls in believable situations, which have made me cry on more occasions than I dare to admit.

My daughter and I have been reading Jacqueline Wilson books since she was about 5 – helpfully she writes books from early readers, like my daughter’s old favourite, The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch, right through to young adult. But her main audience is most definitely girls nearing the end of primary school. Girls just like my daughter.

Katy is a very special book. It is a very clever 21st century update of the 1872 classic story What Katy Did,Β by Susan Coolidge. I’ve never read What Katy Did,Β but, having read up on it, it actually follows the plot remarkably closely. But there is no need to read What Katy Did to enjoy Katy.Β ItΒ is a brilliant book in its own right.

Katy is the eldest of six siblings – one full sister, one step-sister and three half brothers and sisters. Like many of Jacqueline Wilson’s young heroines, Katy’s mother has died, and she misses her terribly. She resents her stepmother, Izzie, and step-sister, Elsie, and can often be rebellious, but her siblings all adore her.

When Katy has a terrible accident, everything changes. Suddenly she is very reliant on Izzie and the accident brings her closer to both Izzie and Elsie. With the help of Helen, a family friend, she learns to appreciate what she has and knows she must make the most of her life.

Katy is a fantastic read. My 10 year old daughter loved it and so did I.

Be warned – you will definitely need tissues!

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This sounds great. I look forward to my girls being old enough to read proper books like this.
    Nat.x

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    • It’s absolutely brilliant! A real tear-jerker. I think you’ll have a few years to wait yet for it! x

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  2. This sounds so good. When my niece is old enough I’m going to buy her these books and then nick them πŸ™‚

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    • Good idea! Just make sure you have a stock of tissues at the ready. Kids don’t seem to find them as emotional as adults. I always cry at Jacqueline Wilson books!

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  3. I would love some Jacqueline Wilson book recommendations for my eight year old. I thought that she was still a bit young but if you started when your daughter was five maybe I am a bit late!

    #readwithme

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    • For an 8 year old I would suggest Sleepovers, Lizzie Zipmouth and The Mum Minder. If she’s emotionally mature, she may also like Bad Girls, Tracy Beaker, The Bed & Breakfast Star and Best Friends.

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  4. My eldest is a huge fan of Jacqueline WIlson, as am I. she adored this book and like you needed tissues! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • Strangely, my daughter doesn’t feel the emotion of the books like I do! She loves Jacqueline Wilson, but isn’t such a prolific reader as your daughter, so each of the books she reads take a few weeks.

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    • It’s brilliant, isn’t it? My daughter is quite a slow reader, so never reads books more than once!

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  5. Ahh, we love Jaquine Wilson books. I haven’t heard of this one though! We might need to invest in it, it sounds fab! And the covers are also always SO colourful and pretty πŸ™‚ #ReadWithMe

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    • This one is definitely worth reading! I love all her books, but this is up there with the best of them πŸ™‚

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  6. Sounds great. I did read the What Katy Did books as a child, but I don’t remember them now. Jacqueline Wilson is an author I so much want to read, but with 2 boys, I can’t come up with a valid reason. #readwithme

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    • I feel your pain! Boys really won’t touch Jacqueline Wilson books at all! I was so glad when I had a daughter after two boys, so I could read them πŸ™‚

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  7. I’ve got a 10 year old daughter too – a very reluctant reader! When I think of Jacqueline Wilson I think of Tracy Beaker – but I’ll definitely give this one ago. #Readwithme

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    • There are so many other amazing Jacqueline Wilson books apart from Tracy Beaker. My daughter only reads a few pages a night. She’s not a reluctant reader as such, but she won’t lose herself in a book, like my boys used to – and still do occasionally.

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  8. How lovely that you get to enjoy these books with your daughter. I have boys so I won’t get to do that, but maybe I’ll just read them for myself! πŸ˜‰
    #readwithme

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  9. I absolutely LOVE Jacqueline Wilson and would read her books in one sitting when I was your daughters age. I don’t know if my son’s will want to read her books when they’re old enough but I’ll just enjoy them on my own if not! I’ve not read this one but will definitely add it to my list, thanks for the recommendation.
    #readwithme

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