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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. ThWhen 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......

Title : The Suitcase Kid
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ISBN : 9780440863113
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Suitcase Kid Reviews

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-05-19 16:41

    I connected on a spiritual level to how Andy loves her little rabbit toy, Radish. Loved the ending so much, even though throughout there's not much hope for Andy finding comfort and happiness.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-05-18 13:45

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.Nope.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Fariha
    2019-05-18 12:36

    I read this book as a child in year 5 and a few times since then. I remember my whole class fell in love with this book. One thing I liked about it was that it allows children, who may have parents who no longer live together, to identify with the main character Andrea. It could be used by those children as a sort of coping strategy should they have a hard time dealing with such things at home, after all things seem to work out for Andrea in the end. It's a great story about how Andrea deals with her parents divorce and having to live between two new families while seeking solace from her pet toy rabbit Radish. The reader is left wanting to read more at the end of each chapter to see whether it's possible that Andrea will get the happy ending for her parents to get back together and live in Mulberry Cottage again. Andrea is a great character, despite her stubborn nature, she's strong and brave which gives the reader something to admire. I would say this book is pretty addictive and can be read by a whole range of children from the ages of 8-13 years. It's a book you tend to remember even as you get older and one you can easily reflect back on. This book can be read to the class so children can listen and discuss the plot with one another or it can be read independently. It may inspire children to be more creative in story-writing by reflecting back on real-life, for instance, children may think to mention a real-life 'conflict' in their stories and then imagine how the conflict was or could be dealt with or 'resolved', thus creating their own story.

  • Laura
    2019-04-30 11:31

    This is definitely in my top five favourite Jacqueline Wilson books. As a child, I read it over and over again, I just couldn't get enough of it. Andy is coping with the divorce of her parents and having to adjust to having two new mis-matched families. Stepbrothers, stepsisters and not all of them nice! As an only child, Andy is pushed pillar to post by mum and dad as they struggle to work out a suitable visitation arrangement. This book spoke to me on a personal level as my own parents divorced when I was nine. I empathised with Andy and how she felt part of neither family, she just wanted her old family back and her old home.A sad story, but touching nonetheless and unfortunately, still very relevant to many children today.

  • Hennaar..x
    2019-05-06 09:25

    It Is A Great Story With A Fascinatinn Story Line The Book Is Very Interestinn Becausee Of The Way Is Is Set And It Is Told Like It Is Based On A Real Story. It Is Aboutt A Girl Whos Mum And Dad Have Split Up And She Is Given The Choice To Live With Either Her Mum Or Dad And Choses Both So Each Week She Stays At Her Mums House And The Next Week She Stays With Her Dad ...But It Doesn't Turn Out All As Planned.

  • Ella
    2019-05-07 11:36

    I've literally read this book about a 1000000 times. It's great how she writes it and the humourous situations are something we could all relate too. Some people may think this has sensitive subjects for young readers who are going through difficult times but i think differently, it kind of helps them get through it.

  • Kerry
    2019-04-25 16:20

    Well, I read it, so I guess I can put it my "read" shelves.This is actually a major first. It's my first "book to read before I let my child read it" book. Marcus picked it up at the library and when I asked it turned out it was because he liked the name. I didn't take much notice at the library, but when he picked it to read tonight I thought I better take a look.This isn't a book for a six year old boy and I won't be giving it to him to read. But it's a good book for an older girl dealing with parents who have separated or divorced, or indeed any girl who wants to try to understand this issue.As an adult reader of fiction, I wanted a more significant ending. Andy is unhappy when her parents split and wants them back together. As both have new partners this isn't going to happen. By the end of the book, Andy has found her way to acceptance of the situation more than anything. Which is probably a very realistic result and totally appropriate for children reading this ho might be in a similar situation.As a parent in a stable relationship, I thought the parents' behaviour was terrible - both were more caught up in arguing with each other and focusing on their new partners than taking time to understand how Andy was coping. I'd have liked to give them both a good shaking or a sharp slap up the head.However, sadly I realise that this may well be a realistic situation and this i s a better book for a child reading for sticking with a much less than perfect situation. I'm also grateful that I haven't had to deal with such things myself, either when I was a child or now that I'm in a solid and happy marriage.Marcus won't be reading this, but I'm actually rather glad I did and it certainly gave me a new perspective. I can see why Jacqueline Wilson is well thought of as an author for children. When Marcus gets a bit older, I hope I remember her as someone for him to try. I just really, really glad he doesn't need this one.

  • Esther
    2019-05-06 11:27

    ‘The Suitcase Kid’ by Jacqueline Wilson is a book you can enjoy as an adult or as a child! When I was a child I enjoyed reading various books by Jacqueline Wilson such as ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ and ‘Bad Girls’, and as an adult I have come to appreciate how she captures issues such as divorce, death and fostering through emotional dialogue and gripping characters.‘The Suitcase Kid’ is about a 10 year old girl called Andrea who has to come to terms with her parent’s recent divorce. She alternates her time between her Mum and Bill (her Mum’s new partner) and his three kids and her Dad and Carrie (his new wife) and her twin daughters. She experiences a rollercoaster of emotions during the story, which affects her performance in school and her friendships. After the hope of her parents getting back together frizzles out, she finally accepts they have parted ways and becomes more positive after realising that she has a bigger family and more people who care about her. The book is great for children to understand about family issues and is written in such a way that we can easily identify with the main character and what she is going through regardless of the age of the reader.This book would be ideal for upper KS1 – KS2 and would suit being in the class book shelf or for a PSHE activity, where each child in the class can write about their family, to help children identify that all families are different (good for inclusion, touching upon everyone having a family regardless if the child lives with Grandparents, Mum or in a Care Home, and that there is no ‘perfect’ family, but important to realise that our families love us and care for us). Children can also draw a picture of their family/bring photographs in for all to see.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-09 11:39

    'The suitcase kid' tells the story of 10year old Andrea. Andy, as she is known shares her experiences of divorce and broken families. Andy's parents share custody of her when they split up and start their new families. Andy is torn from Mum's house one week and them Dad's the next. Not only does Andy have to come to terms with her parents split; the only child now has five siblings and nowhere to call home. Jacqueline Wilson uses the 10year old narrator to spill. Her inner most thoughts and fears to her young audience in a language they can relate to. Andy slowly overcomes her feeling of not belonging and finds friends at Mum's, Dad's and her old house, Mulberry Cottage where she finds a warm embrace from the new residents. 'The suitcase kid' was the one book, as a child, that I clung to. I read it over and over again. This book is a fabulous read for older children around KS2 age. This book can help children from broken families to understand that they are not alone and other children also experience the same struggle. Children who have not experienced divorce can also learn from this book. They can develop a greater understanding of life of their peers; this awareness can reduce school bullying. This book can be used as a long term group read in a KS2 class at story time. Chapters are short so one chapter can be read aloud to the class each story time. The book could also be used as inspiration for a writing task about family or to motivate a short story writing exercise. Jacqueline Wilson effectively teaches children about the ups and downs of life and teaches useful morals that children can carry into adulthood and all around the world.

  • Hollie Westmore
    2019-05-18 12:29

    Jacqueline Wilson- The suitcase KidAs a young teenager I had the whole Jacqueline Wilson book series! The suitcase Kid was my favourite by far! What spoke to me throughout reading this story again, was that it is written through the eyes of a child going through the realities of having two homes, when their parents separate and divorce from each other. I felt if I was a child reading this and was going through this in real life this would have been very comforting for me to know that I wasn’t the only one in this situation and wasn’t the only one feeling like I don’t have my own home any more. Reading the Suitcase Kid you really feel empathy for the character and they way Jacqueline Wilson presents this story you really feel that you are reading a diary of a young child in an upsetting time of their life.I would suggest that this story and the other Jacqueline Wilson stories would be appropriate for children who are in the years of five onwards. I would also like to add that I think this story would attract a female audience due to the main character being a girl and the events in the story for instance finding a new best friend would appeal more to girls in my opinion.

  • Rachael_rebecca
    2019-05-19 14:26

    This book follows Andy whose parents have divorced and who is now being forced to move between both their homes and come to terms with her parents gaining new partners and step families. I first read this book in Primary School, the same year my Mum and Dad separated, and being in a class with only 2 other children with separated parents, it was both a comfort and a relief to read something that was so mainstream that involved something so personal to me, and that was written in such a delicate and tactful way. Wilson, as always is hugely insightful concerning the way children feel in these circumstances. For children in the latter years of Key Stage 2 who perhaps have gone through similar situations this book will be of great interest, however even for children without first hand experience of divorce and separation it addresses universal feelings of feeling lost and uncertainty which all children have felt at one time or another.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-01 16:30

    The suitcase kid is a book about a ten year old girl named Andy who is struggling to cope with her parent’s divorce. She is forced to leave Mulberry cottage her family home and decide which parent to live with permanently. Andy decides to choose both. 1 week she goes to her mother, and the next week she goes to her father. This book cleverly outlines the Andy’s emotions, fears and neglect as a result of her new family situation. Andy feels as if she is living out of a suitcase. Finding a new mulberry tree and making friends with Graham helps her cope in this situation. I was really impressed how this book was laid out with each chapter using a letter of the alphabet to introduce the next topic or character. This book deals with real life situations that man children can either relate to or have had to deal with. This is a very engaging and realistic book and I would wholly recommend it to children in upper key stage 2.

  • Ross Oates
    2019-05-10 15:28

    The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson is a story about a 10 year old child called Andy and her struggle in coping with her parents’ divorce. Andy is desperate to return to her old life and family home where she was once happy. Unable to decide which parent to live with permanently, Andy moves between her mother and fathers house each week. The story shows the physical and mental strain this has on Andy as she copes with her parents arguing as well as having new step siblings thrust upon her. I really enjoyed reading this book as it deals with real life situations that many children face. I feel it would be very appropriate to read to a class or could be used in circle time. I believe this book would be suitable for KS2 children however it could be read to younger children.

  • Siobhan
    2019-05-02 14:31

    Wilson is great at making realistic characters that you can quickly come to term with, giving realistic reactions to events.Her books are great at getting children to really think about actions and their consequences, really opening the eyes of children to the world. Some of her books are sensitive reads yet they are all great at sending life messages to children.I feel as though Wilson books are a must in the lives of young children, a way of opening their eyes to the real world in the right way.

  • Vicenta
    2019-05-21 09:21

    I remember the time when I was young, living with Mom and Dad and my little sister. It wasn't a vivid memory, and then I could only recall many years of living with Aunt and Uncle in a country. At that time, my parents didn't live together anymore.That's probably why I could relate to Andrea so much. We don't exactly encounter similar problems; relocating between parent's houses, dealing with evil siblings, seeing mom and dad fighting or wishing my old family back. But I get what Andrea was going through in the book.Stay Strong, little girl.

  • Grace
    2019-05-12 15:33

    Also LOVE this book, it's a subject I would not normally relate too or be drawn to in a novel, yet somehow everything that happens to Andy hits me right in the gut. I love the realistic way she writes about Andy's feelings to her knew sister, her distrust of the professionals sent to help her, and her quirk of her sylvanian friend is very relatable for me (as a child I had an obsession with those, and for a while started carrying a sylvanian family otter around in my pocket trying to be like andy )

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-22 14:37

    ”The grass grew lavishly and the flowers were in tangled clumps and the creepers were crawling all over everywhere. Perhaps no-one was living there any more.”

  • Clare
    2019-04-27 09:32

    The Suitcase Kid is a story about a girl named Andy, aged 11; her parents are separating but both Mum and Dad want Andy to live with them when all Andy wants is to live back in mulberry cottage with the whole family including Radish, Andy’s toy Sylvanian rabbit. Andy decides to live one week in house A with mum and Bill’s 3 children and one week in house B with Dad, Carrie and her twins. Andy has been thrown into new homes, step-parents, step-brothers and sisters, her school work is suffering, she can’t listen in lessons, loses books, is getting ill and worn out and having to live out of a suitcase.Andy finds a “New mulberry cottage” on her way home from school where she regularly plays with radish at the mulberry tree at the back of the garden. Andy is forced to run away from her mum’s house because she has lost radish at the mulberry tree. To Andy’s surprise she is welcomed at the “new mulberry house” by Mr and Mrs Peters, Andy’s now “adopted grandparents” and residence of the “new mulberry cottage”. Andy still lives between home A and B, but now has home C where she can play all she wants, every day!The story touches on some very serious and true scenarios including divorce, new families, new homes, moving away from friends, the affects parent separation can have on school life, “change over days”, parents arguing, counselling sessions and running away.The book doesn’t hide away from the hurt and pain separation can cause and what I like about the book is that it doesn’t paint a fluffy picture that everything will be fine. It is very honest and direct. Many children will read the book and may relate and that in itself can be very comforting. Had the book and have been an unrealistic interpretation of separation in that its easy, it wouldn’t have had such meaning and honesty.There is a clever use of the alphabet for the chapters. Andy uses A,B,C to describe her living situation and I feel the alphabet is reflective on the journey children and families will go through during times like these.I would have liked a more detailed reflection on how Andy feels now looking back over the changes. In the last page of the last chapter Andy speaks about how she has now found her house C, something of a middle ground type house; but she doesn’t reflect on her emotions or her journey and being a book with so much to relate to, a reflection would have been a really nice summery to the story.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-10 10:34

    This is a story of a 10 year old girl named Andy. Throughout the book we are made aware of Andy's struggle to cope, after her parents have split up. She has moved from her family home "Mulberry Cottage", to having to live one week with her mum, and one week with her dad, as she is undecided as to who she wants to live with.Being 10 years old Andy hopes that her family can once again all be happy, and live together in "Mulberry Cottage". However it is no longer just mum and dad anymore. Both parents have now fell in love again. If her parents being separated is unsettling enough, she now has step siblings to contend with and what she calls a "baboon" stepfather. Due to these settings she has difficulty calling anywhere home, and often confides in her little Sylvanian rabbit Raddish, who goes everywhere with her.This is a great book to read to KS2 as it touches on many aspects of family life, in the 21st Century. As the story is in Andy's words, she is expressing her own thoughts and feelings, which many young children, especially girls, will be able to relate to.This book allows children to see that not every family are part of a typical nuclear family, mum, dad and children. Instead many often live with just one parent or a step parent. Jacqueline Wilson is a great author, whose books touch on real life situations, that occur in today's society. Many children can relate to this book.This book offers some comfort for children from broken homes, to let let them know that they are not alone. Those who haven't experienced divorce can learn from this book and also understand how lives of their peers may differ from theirs.This is a great book to encourage class discussion, and to help children write reflectively.

  • Laura
    2019-04-29 14:19

    Andrea, known as Andy's parents are going through a bitter divorce. Her dad wants her to live with him and her mum wants her to live with her. Both her parents have new parents and Andy finds herself going backwards and forwards between her two parents.Throughout the book, Andy wishes that her parents would get back together and move back into their little house called Mulberry Cottage. She is extremely nostalgic about a place where she was so happy as a child. Andy loses focus at school, getting poorer results, and loses touch with her previous best friend. As she becomes more and more isolated, she draws support from her spotted Sylvanian Families rabbit, Radish, often playing imaginary games with her.One day she finds a secret garden with mulberries growing in it, and she begins to go there after school. She accidentally drops Radish down a tree and can't get her out. Andy runs away in the middle of the night to find Radish, but her parents soon find her. She makes new friends with the people that live at the mulberry house. By the end of the book, Andy has befriended her step-siblings and accepted that her parents are not getting back together.This story will be very reminiscent of many children's home lives, and although may be aimed more at the female audience, is accessible for many children. It tells the emotional plight of a young girl adapting to her new life, but has a happy ending, which may be comforting to many children. Issues from the story could be discussed across the curriculum, for example in English, PSHE, Art and P4C.

  • Sheena O'connell
    2019-05-15 12:28

    Jacquieline Wilson managed to capture the new 21st century child while writing this touching and emotional book. The suitcase kid is about a ten year old girl 'Andy' who is struggling to cope with the divorse of her parents. The book cleverly outlines the lonely childs emotions, fears and neglect as a result of her new family situation. As both her parents want whats best for her, this doesn't stop the argues, fights and tension as a result of their decisions. This situation is very current and a main part of our everyday life as broken homes are more common than ever in society today. The book clearly protrays the intense effects this situation has had on this young girls life as she struggles to develop as a result of family worries and strains. All Andy wants to do is go back to her old home 'Mulberry Cottage' where she felt she lived happily with her two parents. Throughout the book she is forced to slot into her parents separate lives with different partners with step brothers and sisters to tolerate. I felt this book was emotional at times as the poor little girl struggles to cope being pushed from house to house and not having a stable home. Friction and conflict are evident as the young girl suffers as a result of her parents actions and lack of communication. This was a good read as it opens our eyes and makes us aware of the effects of these modern situations which are more frequent than ever in our surroundings.

  • Milly
    2019-05-03 12:30

    Andy always had to swop houses her mums to dads,she really just wanted to live in Mulberry cottage with Raddish,her mum and dad Raddish is her toy rabbit she always talks to when she needs help and who is always with her.One day after school she found this garden with a pond whitch Raddish liked alot,so when she got home she got Grahme (her step brother) to make her a boat for Raddish so he did.Everyday after that she went to that garden and played in it with Raddish.But one day she was playing with Raddish in a tree then Raddish fell down a hole in the tree and it was getting dark.She was frantically trying to look for her then there was a noise coming from the house that was on that section,that gave her a fright so she sprinted off leaving Raddish all alone by herself in the tree.In the middle of the night Andy got up and went all over town trying to find the garden that she always went to.Then she fell assleep in someones backyard she was so tired then in the morning she found her mum and dad trying to find her in the car so they all ran to the garden that she always went to there they found 2 old peopele called Mr. and Mrs Peters.Andy's dad got Raddish out and evertyday from then Andy and raddish where going to Mr. and MRs Peters house because they loved spening time with them.Also her Step-mum Carrie had her baby girl and called it Zoe.I highlyreccomend this book espically if you are looking for a short and interesting book because this is the one.

  • Laura Clayton
    2019-05-17 17:46

    Plot:This story tells the tale of Andy, who basically feels like she is living out of a suitcase and her life is quite upheaved/unorganised due to the fact her parents (who all used to live at the nice ‘Mulberry Cottage’ have now been separated and living a different life with new people in it. Andy does not get the initial ‘haooy ending’ she was primarily dreaming of (of a reunion) however she does become more accepting of the realities of her new life. Age range:Key stage 2 / 8 years plusPositives/ Likes about this book:Children are able to identify with the main character, more so for girls and those of similar circumstances. I also like the fact that book is very real, hitting home with many families of the 21st century whereby the normal ‘nuclear’ family traditions appear to be somewhat out-dated. The situation(s) the main character faces are through no fault/choice of her own and the arthor portrays Andy as very strong, brave and stubborn – again characteristics you may find in most children but maybe more so in those that have endured life stressors in this manner. In a way the book could act as a release for such children and a coping strategy. How would this book be used in a classroom setting?This book could be used in independent reading, on the bookshelf and PSHE/ P4C: whereby children can learn about and explore individual differences to gain understanding/insight that all children’s circumstances are different and to be mindful of this.

  • Anna
    2019-05-06 17:43

    Is it “as easy as ABC” when your parents split up? Probably it is not, certainly not for ten - year – old Andy.She has new stepsiblings, two houses to live in and she is deeply unhappy dreaming about coming back to her Mulberry Cottage, the place where she lived with her parents, to a life she used to have before the divorce. But it is not possible, not any more. She needs to find her way to cope with that difficult situation. She is upset, argues with her new families, feels lonely, but that does not last long. Finding a new mulberry tree or making friends with Graham are some of the moments that help her with accepting these new circumstances. She manages to find her own place, even though she literally lives in different houses.This excellent book is structured in a very appealing manner, as the short chapters are organized in alphabetical order. Despite describing a complex issue, the story is humorous and very comprehensible which makes it enjoyable to read. Moreover, Jacqueline Wilson presents feelings and emotions in a very realistic way, so readers can relate to them easily. As the book deals with the problems of finding your own place and adjusting to various circumstances I would recommend it to all children in their last years of KS2, not only those who have to cope with split families. Very engaging book!

  • Devina
    2019-05-22 11:37

    Andy, hidupnya berantakan saat kedua orangtuanya memutuskan untuk bercerai.. Tinggal tidak menentu, seminggu ikut ibunya, seminggu ikut ayahnya.. Poor Andy. Kedua situasi tsb sama2 dia benci.. Masing2 orangtuanya sudah mempunyai sebuah keluarga kecil baru. Andy merasa terjebak, dia tidak merasa dikeluarga manapun.. Yang dia mau cuma keluarga kecil yang dulu tinggal di Mulberry Cottage..Sedih liat Andy merasa merana seperti itu.. Kasihan, ditengah kebahagiaan baru kedua orangtuanya dia diabaikan.. Marah dan kesal liat orangtua Andy yang lambat dan tidak cepat tanggap atas perubahan sikap Andy, tidak mengerti kesedihan Andy yang butuh pendekatan, malah mereka terkesan cuek dan sibuk dengan keluarga baru mereka.. Sedangkan yang didalam pikiran Andy hanyalah rumah kecil di Mulberry Cottage, rumah sederhana tempat dia dibesarkan.. Penuh kenangan dan saat2 bahagia.. Andy pengen semuanya bisa balik kaya dulu lagi.. Tapi pada akhirnya dia sadar, kalo itu cuma angan2 yang sulit dikabulkan.. Buku ini memang benar2 menginspirasi dan bermakna.. Membuat aku bersyukur buat apa yang sudah aku punya sampai hari ini.. Siapa sangka buku bercover kartun sederhana ini ternyata menyimpan sebuah kisah yang luar biasa untuk semua orang?

  • Farah Noreen
    2019-04-30 13:40

    This book is about a girl called Andy, a 10-year old whose parents have had a divorce. Andy's mother remarries a man called Bill, who is the father of three children. Meanwhile, Andy's father remarries a lady called Carrie who has twins and is expecting a child. The story shows Andy's change in character due to her parents' divorce. She becomes very anti-social, does poorly at school and starts playing lots of games with an imaginary friend. However, in the end andy accepts the fact that her parents will never get back together and starts to learn that she has to get on with life. This makes her a better person and she starts approving of her step-families. I think this book is an excellent read because Jacqueline Wilson has a great way of helping reading understand exactly what her character's are going through. The fact that the story has a positive ending makes it even more enjoyable to read. The book can be used in PSHCE / Citizenship lessons, to help children understand a serious topic like divorce. Children can see that divorce is not such a negative thing, rather it can help a person become stronger. Thus, parts of the story can be read as a group so that group activities around social issues can be done.

  • Colleen Mckenna
    2019-05-21 09:49

    This is the first Jacqueline Wilson book I have read and I was struck by how moving and realistic this book was. The Suitcase Kid tells the story of 10 year old Andy and her struggle with coping with her parents’ divorce. Andy is desperate to return to her old life and family home where she was once happy. Unable to decide which parent to live with permanently, Andy moves between her mother and fathers house each week. The story shows the physical and mental strain this has on Andy as she copes with her parents arguing as well as having new step siblings thrust upon her. I felt that this was a very realistic portrayal of divorce from the child's perspective and that the characters were well drawn, in particular "hippy Carrie", Andy's dad's partner and Katie Andy's step sister. The inclusion of the child’s comfort toy Radish highlighted the sense of isolation that Andy feels as it becomes the one constant in her life. I also enjoyed the way this book was laid out with each chapter using a letter of the alphabet to introduce the next topic or character. I feel this layout would make this a good text to read to a class. This structure also fits in cleverly to the easy as ABC theme that runs throughout the book.

  • Charlotte Needham
    2019-04-22 15:47

    This story is about a young girl called Andrea ‘Andy’, who is emotionally caught up in the divorce of her parents. Andrea is called the Suitcase Kid as she is always packing her suitcase and moving around to go and see either her Mums new family or her Dads new family. While Andrea is always moving around she is emotionally struggling with the feeling that she doesn’t belong anywhere anymore and wishes that things used to be the way they were when her Mum and Dad were together and she feels that the only real emotional stability that she does have, is with her toy Rabbit. I think that this book would be more appropriate for the Key Stage Two age level as it goes into more complex levels of emotional understanding and uses higher level vocabulary. This book would be good to introduce to children, as it is all seen from Andreas perspective and would help children who are also emotionally struggling with their own parents divorce to associate with a character of a similar age range and would help them feel that a character of a similar age is going through the same feelings as them.

  • Anna Scott
    2019-05-23 17:31

    'The Suitcase Kid' is an interesting story about a young girl named 'Andy'. Andy's parent have recently divorced and this has had a huge impact on Andy's life. No longer living in their family home of 'Mulberry Cottage', Andy is living between two houses. She lives with her father and his new family one week and with her mother and her new family the following week. Andy does not like the new arrangements in her life. She does not like her new step parents and fights regularly with her new siblings. The upheaval in her life begins to affect Andy's school work, leading to her teacher trying to address the problem. Eventually, Andy's parents bring her to see a counselor but to no avail. The story does have a happy ending though as Andy meets some new people who show her that change doesn't always have to be a bad thing. She eventually comes to realise that, although her life will never return to the way it was when all of her family lived together, she can make the most of he new life and the new people in her life.This book is suitable for KS2 children to read independently, or could be used as a talk topic for circle time.

  • Mery
    2019-05-15 17:33

    3.5 bintangOrangtua Andrea bercerai. Dan dia harus memilih antara Mum atau Dad. Andrea hanya memiliki satu teman. Namanya Radish. Radish itu boneka kelinci kecil kesayangannya. Andrea tak mau memilih. Dia ingin tetap di Mulberry Cottage milik mereka. dengan pohon murberi di taman mereka. Namun akhirnya keputusan yang diambil adalah dia seminggu harus bersama Mum, kemudian seminggu bersama Dad. Dan begitu seterusnya.Kehidupan Andy, panggilan untuk Andrea, berubah drastis. Karena Mum dan Dad memiliki pasangan lain yang juga sudah memiliki anak. Dari anak tunggal yang selalu memiliki segalanya sendirian. Andy tiba-tiba harus punya kakak dan adik. Sayangnya tidak semua saudara barunya itu menyenangkan.Buku ini pake bab sesuai abjad. Jadi dari A sampai Z. Agak boring sih di tengah-tengah. Karena tokoh Andy sendiri ga ada kemajuan. Masih aja berharap begini begitu. Justru yang berkembang itu kakak-kakak dan adik-adik tirinya.Tapi ada yang bikin aku nangis sih. Pas dia nemu rumah dengan pohon kayak rumah lamanya. Pas Radish hilang. Dan pas ketemu kakek nenek pemilik murberi baru itu... :D