When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me . . .
My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me - and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum's new family, one week with Dad's.
It's as easy as A B C. That's what everyone says. But all I want is to go home - back to Mulberry Cottage...
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Gripping, funny and sensitively written - Independent on Sunday
A modern story, realistic with lots of witty, offbeat humour - Daily Telegraph
A witty and moving tale of divorce - The Times
A deeply moving account of a child's agony and bewilderment as she suffers from her parents' divorce. Feelings tumble out in a cascade of experiences, at once painful and funny. Language is racy and modern, superbly capturing the experience of many children today - Junior Education
There's a bittersweet symmetry in [Andy's] defiant, touchingly manipulative and funny account of how she comes to terms with it all. Charming stylised illustrations by Nick Sharratt - Guardian
Anguish and humour combine to create a powerful story describing Andrea's feelings when her parents divorce. The alphabetically arranged chapters are self-contained yet link to portray an emotional journey through bewilderment and jealousy. This is an unsentimental story, skilfully combining realism with humour - Junior Education
The Story of Tracy Beaker was well received and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize; her new novel, The Suitcase Kid is, I think, even better . . . Jacqueline Wilson finds humour in this very poignant situation, and her storytelling is stylish - The Bookseller
A very sensitive account of what could very well happen in a similar family situation - Junior Bookshelf
To portray divorce with humour and sympathy takes great skill and Jacquline Wilson demonstrates she has this in abundance with this delightful book. . . . A wonderful, moving, yet funny book - a special read - Books for Your Children
Honest, angry, sometimes sad and always very readable . . . Adults could learn something here about the emotional turmoil suffered by a child with divided loyalties - TES
Refreshingly moral-free . . . Much Adrian-Mole like observations of adult shortcomings, and an ending which, though upbeat, is realistic and believable - Daily Telegraph
Jacqueline Wilson's light touch makes the story of how Andy adapts to her new, two-family existence when her parents divorce both especially readable and especially poignant. . . . JW has real insight into Andy's confusion and pain - Children's Books of the Year 1993
Andrea's story is far from gloomy. On the contrary, her predicament is told with humour and understanding. . . . Jacqueline Wilson has written her best children's book yet with this one. It will help anyone at the wrong end of family rows - Daily Mail
Jacqueline Wilson has taken a very sensitive subject as the theme for her latest book . . . The book does succeed in expressing the very real pain many children feel in Andy's position; and some children may take comfort from the realisation that they are not alone - The School Librarian
JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade.
'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER