Quiet, cautious Pearl has always adored her bold, brash, bad big sister Jodie. When their parents get new jobs at a grand, fusty old boarding school, Melchester College, the girls have to move there - and when they arrive, things start to change. Jodie has always been the leader - but now it's Pearl who's making new friends. Jodie just seems to be getting into more and more trouble - arguing with Mum, scaring the little children, flirting with the gardener. She really doesn't fit in with the posh teenagers at the school.
Pearl begins to wonder if she needs Jodie as much as she used to. But when Firework Night comes around and a tragic event occurs, Pearl realises just how much Jodie means to her.
©2008 Jacqueline Wilson; (P)BBC Audiobooks Ltd
If you are 10 or over I think you will really like it.but if you are under 10 I advise you don't get it because it is quite upsetting at the end. 💩
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My daughter listens to stories at bedtime, she is 7. She has listened to lots of JW's books before and loves them, I had no hesitation in buying this when I heard the sample and read the blurb. BUT now my daughter is so distressed due to some of the content. I am so upset and wish I'd have listened to it before. Where does it say how old the reader should be? This needs to be clearer. I listened to the first chapter with my daughter and it seemed a little more grown up than books she had listened to before but nothing that I didn't want to expose her to as she is growing up. However the storyline is very very upsetting and there should be some warning in the blurb.
I think that this story is very depressing at times and quite exciting at other times, I also think that the best part was when they moved to Melchester Collage because it was such an adventure for both Pearl and Jodie. But I was so grieved when Jodie had her accident.
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