Small, impetuous, and longing for attention, Flossie crept into the eerie bedroom of Bella, her fascinating teenage sister. Somewhere in the darkness, nestling within shadow, hung an old coat—a wondrous fur coat: rich, wild, and the waxy colour of autumn chestnuts. Where the fur comes from is... read more
“"How can salad be nice," said Flossie. "All salad is horrid."”Flossie Teacake
“"I haven't got a watch," said Floz. "I did have a Mickey Mouse one, with pretend hands, but it's broken..."”Flossie Teacake in her teenage guise of Floz
“"I want to be eighteen now," said Flossie. "It's not fair."”Flossie Teacake
“"Perhaps he's a teacher, not a boy," thought Floz." At this Big School, it's hard to tell the difference between children and teachers.”Flossie Teacake in her teenage guise of Floz
“"Who is Algebra?" said Floz, thinking it must be the name of a boy.”Flossie Teacake in her teenage guise of Floz
Hunter Davies’ tale of a plump, bespectacled nine-year-old who magically acquires the appearance, but not the experience of a teenager, superficially, seems tailor-made for girls; yet, the author’s subtle and carefully observed slice of satire depicts a traditional family, readily accessible to those with older siblings, ensuring an enjoyable romp for all children, from seven to thirteen years.The author narrates his story of frustrated ugly duckling through an informal, rugged style, affording parents plenty of opportunities for improvisation via the aural tradition, though the breezy nature of the copy guarantees a light, enjoyable read for adventurous junior readers.
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