Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books
Lily's self-centred young mother jets off to a holiday in Spain with her new boyfriend. Lily and her three younger siblings are carelessly left behind.
Responsible Lily takes on the task of feeding and amusing the family while trying to keep their plight a secret from her school, neighbours and social services.
Desperate for a solution, Lily decides to take the children camping in the park for a few days. However, an accident requiring a visit to the hospital unravels all Lily's plans and leads to police intervention and foster care.
With overtones of an abusive step parent and an ending that suggests an uncertain future for our heroine and her family, this is an unsettling and thought-provoking story.