Publisher: Random House
When Jayni's violent father starts hitting her as well as her mother, her mum realises that she has to move away. Fortunately, mum has had a win on a lottery card so Jayni, her younger brother Kenny and mum all move to London.
Here they change their names to Lola Rose, Kendal and Victoria and go on a spending spree. Hardly more than a child herself, Lola's feckless mother discovers a lump in her breast and has an operation, leaving the children to fend for themselves.
The story is told by Lola Rose, aged about 10 but acting as the adult in the family. Fortunately she has the sense to contact her mum's estranged sister, and Aunty Barbara comes to the rescue.
Jacqueline Wilson demonstrates her skill by capturing the experiences of a young carer, fearful about what the cancer will do to her mother.