Publisher: Random House
Everyone adores Dad, with his glamorous ponytail and his wonderful storytelling gifts. Even Em, though he is not her real dad. His Christmas presents, which include a real (well, probably) emerald ring for Em, are the best ever too.
But Dad has another surprise: he is leaving. As the family struggles to accept the new situation, Em bravely tries to rally them all, while seeking secret consolation in comfort eating. Will Dad ever return or is he about to make a clean break from the whole family?
Em is a complex and likeable heroine at the centre of a sometimes comic and often moving family drama.
Jacqueline Wilson proves once again why, as one of the most highly-gifted and most resonant voices in contemporary children's literature, she is also deservedly one of the best-loved.