Title: The Butterfly Garden
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Genre: Children’s (7-9 years)
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (12 Feb. 2015)
The Butterfly Club is Jacqueline Wilson’s 101st novel, a beautiful, heartwarming story about friendship, confidence and becoming your own person, perfect for committed fans and as an introduction to Jacqueline’s books.
Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time. Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a former Children’s Laureate and a multi award- winning, bestselling author who has recently been revealed as the most borrowed author from public libraries of the past decade. Over 35 million copies of her books have been sold in the UK alone and her books have been translated into 34 different languages. The Butterfly Club is her 101st novel.
The critically acclaimed and hugely successful stage adaptation of Hetty Feather which toured the UK last year will return for a further West End run and UK tour in 2015. Dates will be announced soon. Fans of Hetty Feather will be well provided for in 2015 as a major BBC TV adaptation of the book is currently scheduled to air later this year.
Both of my daughter’s love to read Jacqueline Wilson books so were really pleased to receive The Butterfly Club to review. Can you believe this book is Jacqueline Wilson’s 101st novel.
In The Butterfly Club we meet Tina who is a triplet but her other two sisters are identical, Tina isn’t the same as them, she is smaller and has a weak heart, which leads to her mum babying her a lot, making sure the girls are never separated because Tina needs her sisters. When the girls go into year 3 of school their teacher Miss Lovejoy splits them all up much to the annoyance of their mother who tries to rectify the situation but the teacher is having none of it and tells her Tina needs to get by without relying on her sisters so much.
The problem Tina has is that she is sat with a bully called Selma and Tina is her target. They didn’t like each other at all.
When Miss Lovejoy learns of Tina’s liking of butterflies she insists that both Tina and Selma do this together on their own much to the girls dismay.
I think Miss Lovejoy was quite sneaky, she knew what would eventually happen if the girls spent enough time together and shared a liking of the same thing but in the end it did work. Tina did not need to rely on her sisters anymore and she actually made a real best friend.
This was a well written book in a way that children can understand and get into it without struggling. My eight year old read this fluently and really enjoyed the story.
She now wants to create a butterfly garden too.