The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Random House
Posh India and streetwise Treasure forge a friendship based on a shared secret – they lead unhappy lives with inadequate parents.
India’s designer mother wants her to be thin, while Treasure is ill-treated by her mother and bullying boyfriend.
When Treasure becomes distraught at the idea of returning home, India hides her in her attic, in the manner of her heroine Anne Frank. Following their discovery, they come to terms with their ‘unsatisfactory’ parents in new and positive ways.
This is Jacqueline Wilson at her best, exploring adolescent issues and parental neglect with empathy, sensitivity and humour.