Emily Sparkes and the Competition Calamity
Publisher: Little Brown
Emily Sparkes despairs of her home life: her Mum simply has no idea how a proper parent should behave. Then, by a cruel quirk of fate, Mum gets shortlisted for the Mum in a Million Competition - and it's Emily's fault!
Emily is horrified. Dana Devene - Domestic Queen - simply cannot visit their house, what with Uncle Clive and his rat, Lemmy, staying; and Mum wandering round like a scarecrow wearing Dad's jumper; grandad's hat and embarrassing wellies, running the school allotment club. Not unless Emily can turn her ironic poem, My Perfect Mother (glamorous baker and homemaker), into reality!
Laugh-out-loud funny, the indomitable Emily Sparkes 'creativityness' is encapsulated in her deadpan, narrating voice as she negotiates the potential embarrassments that arise when home and school life collide.