Beauty Cookson is no beauty. In fact, she’s as plain as anything – and her scary dad is always telling her so. He’s a fussy, bullying tyrant who constantly puts her and Mum down. And when a birthday party goes very wrong, Mum and Beauty realise that Dad is out of control. They need to escape before someone gets hurt. So they run away! Soon Mum and Beauty are in a sunny seaside resort, finding a new-found freedom, a hobby, an income… and even a new nickname for Beauty. All of Beauty’s dreams are coming true at last… and she deserves it! This brand new blockbuster from Jacqueline Wilson is an inspirational tale of hope to make your heart dance.

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  • loved it

    Loved this book, it contained so much emotion! Would definitely recommend!

    23 March 2018

  • I first read this book in primary four and loved it!

    14 March 2015

  • loved it

    i really liked this book because it was a mix of funny,sad,drama and happiness.My favourite character in the book was beauty cooksen ( cookie) because she was harsh on herself but in a funny way.The characters i hated the most were beauty’s dad and beauty’s word enemy Skye.I didn’t like Skye because she was calling Beauty names like Ugly just because she was fat and also i didn’t like Skye because she always wants everything to be about her and she always finds a way to make it all about her.The reason why i dint like beaut’s dad is because he gave Beauty her silly name,he always shouted at her and beauty’s mum

    30 November 2014

  • Sad but funny at the same time

    16 September 2014

  • liked it

    I have to admit, when I started reading it,I really thought it was going to be boring. My favorite bit was when beauty and her mum went to the seaside. But I also think she was a bit babyish to watch The rabbit hutch, seeing as she was older than me!!! It was a sad ending for Beauty, and a lovely ending for me!! ( seeing as she got to live on the seaside, without her horrible, bossy father!!!) but people like Skye bring you down! You are beautiful no matter what people say! I recommend this book 100%!

    18 August 2014

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    Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.


    Jacqueline has won loads of awards, including the prestigious Children’s Laureate 2005-2007, two British Book Awards Children’s Books of the Year for Girls in Tears and The Illustrated Mum, and the Guardian prize for The Illustrated Mum. In a poll to find the Nation’s Favourite Children’s Book Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten.

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