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Lily Alone

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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,582 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Lily isn't home ALONE - but she sort of wishes she was; looking after her three younger siblings is a lot of responsibility.





When Mum goes off on holiday with her new boyfriend and her stepdad fails to show up, Lily is determined to keep the family together and show they can cope without any grown-ups. But taking care of 6-year-old twins, her 3-year-old sister and the famil
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ebook, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by RHCP Digital (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kirsten
My 9 yr old son was given this book to read as a school assignment and I decided to read it too. I ended up phoning the school to complain because I thought it was such an inappropriate book for his age. Lily's mother has had three kids to a drug addict and another to an alcoholic. Lily is 11 when her mum goes off to Spain with a stolen credit card to be with a bloke she met in the pub a few days ago leaving Lily to care for her three young siblings. Lily ends up stealing and begging to cope.

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Emy
When Lily's mum goes off to Spain with a man she has just met, and their intended babysitter on a coach to Glasgow, eleven-year-old Lily is left home alone and in charge of her younger siblings, Baxter, Bliss and Pixie.

Whilst the premise of Lily Alone was intriguing, the ending of ruined it for me. It finished so abruptly that it was as though a whole chapter or something was missing. There was no resolution and, although a reader could perhaps guess what could happen, I wanted to know. This is
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Becky
I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan when I was younger, I had most of her books and read tehm many times. As I got older I steered away from them, I stopped reading her work, but I did keep watching Tracy Beaker on TV (still do, I'm loving the new series 'Tracy Beaker Returns')
Anyway, when I first heard about this book I thought it was the story of one of the girls from Tracy Beaker Returns (there is a girl called Lily who has got used to raising her two little sisters) I soon found out this book
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Elisa
Lily Alone book review
By Jacqueline Wilson

“Lily Alone” by Jacqueline Wilson is a great book about a young girl trying to take the place of her mother for a few days..
This story is told by Lily, a 11 year old girl who lives in a small apartment with her young single mother Kate and her 3 younger siblings: Baxter, Bliss and Pixie. Her mean step-father Paul recently died, who is Pixie’s father. Trying to cope with the children and money, Kate is depressed so Lily tries to cheer her mum up by forcin
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Rebecca
Jacqueline Wilson books are usually really good. Not this one. Can't she write about something other than girls with parents that have split up? Though the book isn't really about that. It's about a girl called Lily who lives with her Mum, her twin brother and sister (Bliss and Baxter), and her little sister, Pixie.
So, the book starts with Lily's Mum is looking depressed, so Lily tells her mum to get dressed up and go out to the pub and that she could manage the little kids. So her mum does jus
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Dizzy Doe
Lily is 11 years old with 3 siblings, Bliss and Baxer (the twins) and Pixie, when mum goes to spain without Lily and her Brother and Sisters Lily looks after them but for how long.
Teressa
Okay, i am (or was when i was one or two years younger) a huge jacquline wilson fan. To the point where when i moved to scandanavia, i went back to England just to meet her for a book signing as my birthday and christmas present. But this, is not jacqueline Wilson. Jacqueline Wilson was the author that brought tears to me eyes more than anything else, she made me stop reading "vicky angel" for a year after the first chapter, because it was so sad and I was attached to the characters already. Thi ...more
Laura
Lily's story is a tale of desperation as she tries to keep her 2 younger sisters, and brother safe whilst their mother is away on holiday with her newest boyfriend.
The story begins with the line, ‘It was my fault,' leading you to continue reading and furthermore find out what and why this was Lily’s fault.
The beginning plot is intriguing, mainly due to me being a previous fan of Jacqueline Wilson's books, but sometimes the smallest of things can dwindle off for so long that it's hard to focus on
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LibraryLass
This was my first Jacqueline Wilson book. It was a 4-5 star right up until the end. I enjoyed JW writing style. Each of the children had distinct personalities and were portrayed really well. Lily's conflict of feeling towards her mother was quite also well done and I actually enjoyed relating to Lily. The ending, though, completely dragged my rating down. I don't need to have a HEA when I read a child's book (in fact I quite like "realistic" type scenarios, but I at least like to have some sort ...more
Bridget-nicole Maxi
4.5/5 stars!
I loved this book even though it is for younger YA readers and was a little immature for me, I thought it was great and a really good bit. I thought that the storyline was good but there wasnt much plot but to be honest it was just really cute to read and the Lily and her little siblings were so cute together. I read it to my little sister at night time and it took about 3 days of reading at night and we both really enjoyed it! I definitely recommend it but would say maybe if you are
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Kennedy
Lily alone is a book about 4 kids who's mom found a true love and was going on a trip to spain with him. She thought his x-husband was coming to take care of the kids but he was out of town, but she left before he could say anything, so the kids are all alone. They find themselves on their own, low on food and living in a tree. The book goes on how they are living their lives in hardships and fun. In the end of the book one of the girls falls out of a tree and has to go to the hospital. Read the ...more
Stefanie
There seems to be this thing lately with Jacqueline Wilson's books that the endings seem very unfinished. I get that it's probably to allow the reader to imagine the outcome but sometimes you don't want to imagine you just want to read and finish a full story. Maybe at 23 I'm a little (OK a lot) over the target age but Jacqueline's books feel like home and I want to continue reading them and see her exploring deeper topics, maybe going deeper into teenage sexuality from the other end - a teenage ...more
Kibria Gulam
This is a story of an eleven year old girl called Lily who often gets left to look after her half sisters (Bliss and Pixie) and a half brother (Baxter). Her mum Kate is not a very good mum and often leaves Lily alone to look after the children.

Kate finds a new boyfriend ‘Gordon’ who does not know she has children and she decides to fly to Spain to be with Gordon. Before leaving Kate leaves Mikey, Baxter and Bliss’s father and her ex-husband a voicemail telling him to look after them while she i
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Nikki
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Lily has three siblings who are like her: a little weird. She also has an absentee father and an almost absentee mother. Lily just wants her family to stay together. She doesn't want to be split up. She doesn't want her mother taken away. Yet when her mother goes away for a vacation with her new boyfriend in a freaking different country, Lily has to watch the kids all alone. Lily must hide from her nosey neighbors that her mother is gone, but things get difficul
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Maeghan
One of my family members recomended this book. I decided to read it because i like books by Jaqueline Wilson and because one of my family members recomended it. One thing i liked about this book is that lily had to help her family not get caught because she was taking care of them and someone else should have been taking care of them. One thing i didnt like about this book nothing i loved the book. I would recomend this book to anyone that wants adventure because it has a lot of adventures.
Hershikka
I really liked this because it shows how some children live their life, i don't really believe that what happens in the story is true or that it could be true but but I think the basic things and places could be true. The other thing I really enjoyed was how Lily took care of her siblings and how she acted older than she really was and how she found people to take care of her. I really enjoyed reading about a child stepping into a parent's shoes and would love to read more books like it.
Ciara *I love Harry Potter!*
What can I say. I continue to read Jacqueline Wilson's books when the plots are all the same. Divorce and depression...it's quite depressing to read!

I understand it's her "style" but really, she should take a break from all the doom and gloom for once.

On the brighter side, this book is about eleven year old Lily whose mother goes on an unexpected holiday with new boyfriend, Gordon, leaving Lily to look after twins Baxter and Bliss and baby Pixie.
Jaden (Potterhead Daydreams)
ending just endooned me but liked the bookmit was really irseinting and imagetive this made closey to crying this book pulls the heartstrings to hard.
Evie
Apr 10, 2011 Evie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a really good book for people in the same situation Lily Is in now. I really like this book because it's adventurous and it really pulls you into the book you feel like you are in the park with Lily and her siblings, naming the deers.

~I haven't read it all yet but i am certainly on my way !~
Eggy
In this book, I hugely admire Lily's lack of responsibility. She is a character who simply loves her brother and sisters, and wants the best for them. A very inspiring book, especially for children aged 9-11.
Chloe Marchant
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Miriam Lo
Imagine your parents are not in home for a few weeks, and you have to stay alone to take care of all your younger siblings. You will have to skip school, hide from everyone, but the situation in Lily Alone is probably worse. As the eldest sister, how is Lily (and all her brothers and sisters) going to survive in these few weeks. Read to know more.
This book kept me at the edge of the seat, I just can't resist it, I was flipping from page to page, hoping I would know what is going to happen as fa
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Chantal Milena
very nice book. as usu.a jacqueline Wilson is and amazing writer.
Ms. Yingling
Lily loves her beautiful, vivacious young mother, but when Mum meets a new, younger man and goes off with him "for just a bit", eleven-year-old Lily finds herself in charge of her six-year-old twin brother and sister and her younger sister Pixie. At first, it's rather fun, because they can eat what they want and play in the park, but after a while the situation becomes more complicated. A nosy neighbor lady, as well as Lily's well meaning teacher, investigate too closely, and Lily decides the be ...more
Chloe Shayler
So I finished this book yesterday. I liked it. It was good.

Lily is 11. When her mum goes off on holiday with a guy she met two days earlier, she is left to look after her 6-year-old twin siblings Baxter and Bliss, and 3 y/o sister Pixie. After her favourite teacher is left suspicious of her mum's dissapearance, Lily and her brother and sisters are forced to camp out at the park.

I liked the book. I did. The only thing I didn't like is how throughout the book, the little'ens always call their mum
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Michelle
I liked this book but, I hate main character's mother. The main character is Lily who is the eldest daughter and bliss and baxter who are twin and they are six years old and pixie who is three. Lily's mother gave a birth to Lily when she was 15 and Lily, bliss(baxter) and pixie have all different father so, it means Lily's mother married 3 times.However, the sad news was Lily's father dead. Lily's mother was very sad so, one day Lily said "mom go out and meet your and friends" That night her mot ...more
Kayla
I've read all of Jacqueline Wilson's books over the years, I do not know why even after so long I have grown out of them I still love to have a good ol' read of them.
I must have started reading these over 8 years ago and still remember most of the stories and characters. I believe these books were amazing during my childhood.
Some being better than others, shown in my star ratings. I hope to get my hands on some of my fav books from this author soon.
Hana Shalaby
Okay, so I read this book a long time ago so I can't remember every detail. But this was one of my favorite books when I was younger (11 years old). Lily's bravery and her taking care of her siblings left me in awe and I loved her character. The story was so gripping, and the adventures were awesome. *SPOILER*-maybe this isn't a spoiler but I hated the way her mother acted, she was so irresponsible as she left them too long but that has nothing to do with the book being bad, I guess. The book is ...more
Niamh the nutty noodles
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Chloe Price
I enjoyed the beginning, and the middle of the book but found the ending a bit of a disappointment. I read this when I was 10, so I found it incredibly hard to read as it was so sad. I was a big Jacqueline Wilson fan at that age, but the ending to this book happened so fast that I felt it was too rushed. It wasn't one of her best, but I still enjoyed reading it.
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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