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The Bed and Breakfast Star

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  3,910 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots!





I'm Elsa, and that's one of my jokes (I tell LOTS of jokes and I'm going to be a big star one day). I do my best to cheer my family up - but no one seems to laugh much any more. Not since we lost our lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hotel . . .
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Published (first published January 1st 1994)
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Sharmin Ahmed
A book that I've read over and over again as a child, and now re-reading it as an adult! One of my all time favourite authors, whilst growing up, who has the gift of reaching out to millions of children! Jacqueline Wilson is able to conjure stories which every type of young person is able to relate to, either because of their families, love lives or social lives.

This book is about a young girl, who is incredibly mature for someone who has to deal with half the things she faces. An incredibly re
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Mariam Abood
I remember this book and The Suitcase Kid, were the first gritty Jacqueline Wilson books I read. What I have always admired about Jacqueline Wilson is the fact she never romanticised anything in her writing, and I've always been in awe of her amazing, unique ability of being able to empathise so well with children.

This book was harsh and realistic, but appropriate and entertaining for children. And to be frank, I think some modern children's writers could learn a real lesson from Wilson.
Emily Dunne
An excellent childhood read and one I will always remember. Through Jacqueline's creation of the vibrant Elsa and her family, a story of hope is told although at many times there is little to be found for the young 10 year old, her step brother Hank and her step sister Pippa. When Elsa's mother marries Mack (or "smack the Mack" as Elsa calls him due to his abusive tendencies) things go down hill fast when he loses his job. They are forced to live in a grubby run down Bed and Breakfast for which ...more
Ed Fincham
I’ve read this book before, I’m a little ashamed to say - lifted it furtively from my younger sisters bookcase (because they weren’t really books for boys).

The narrative in The Bed and Breakfast Star is driven in the first person by Elsa, with lots of I did’s and personal thoughts and feelings, this child’s eye narration feels like a very intimate and personal account of her life, nothing is left out for the readers sensitivities. Reading the book as an adult, Elsa’s accounts of her life are l
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Annabel
Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.

She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a mann
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Eugenia
Hmm.. Untuk karya Jacqueline Wilson kali ini, terpaksa deh kasih satu bintang. Nggak suka karena adanya unsur kekerasan, merokok, dan memaki, yang kayanya nggak cocok untuk anak-anak. Terutama anak-anak Indonesia ya.
So, disarankan yang baca ini orang dewasa saja :)

Karakter utama, Elsa, tergambar dengan tabiat yang kurang baik. Rasanya nggak dekat dengan sosok si sayah. So, cukup sulit untuk ikut masuk ke dalam cerita.

Buku ini menceritakan tentang Elsa dan keluarganya. Mama, Papa tiri dan dua adi
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Hannah
I remember this being the first Jacqueline Wilson I read properly, and after re-reading it, I fell in love with it all over again. Jacqueline Wilson is my guilty pleasure and her harsh child-friendly stories make me so indulged and so consumed in her stories.

The Bed and Breakfast Star is about a girl called Elsa who lives with her mum, her mums boyfriend and her two half siblings. Elsa has been every with her family because of different situations however now she has ended up in a bed and break
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Dhani
Yuhuu, bukunya asyik dibaca. Bercerita tentang Elsa si gadis kecil yang suka main tebak- tebakan lucu( yang sayangnya tidak demikian pendapat orang). Punya 2 orang adik lain ayah, yakni Pippa yang berusia setengah umurnya dan suka meniru, juga Hank si bayi bertubuh bongsor.Karena tak punya pekerjaan, Mack, suami mamanya dan ayah dari kedua adiknya, tak punya rumah lagi dan akibatnya mereka sekeluarga harus tinggal di penampungan, yang bertajuk hotel tapi berfasilitas nyaris losmen. Kamar sempit, ...more
Rachael_rebecca
The Bed and Breakfast Star is Elsie, a ten year old whose optimism endears the reader and whose 'sparkly' nature contrasts the depressing and run down accommodations that she, her mother, step father and half siblings find themselves living. Her dreams of being a comedian and making people laugh acts as escapism from her less than colorful life and even had me laughing out loud a couple of times. Elsie and her family struggle to cope after Mack (Elsie's step Dad) loses his job and they are force ...more
ʎzzıɯ Mekana
Semi-Spoiler alert! I don't really tell you what happens, just topics that occur throughout the book!

The Bed and Breakfast Star is the sort of book that doesn't have a snappy happy end. It depicts life perfectly- and we get to read about it in little Elsa's point of view. Being older, we understand that she's going through child abuse, poverty, and discrimination based off the fact that she's a bread and breakfast kid (homeless,nearly). Elsa gets blamed for things that she doesn't really do, and
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nat
Elsa adalah anak sulung di antara 3 bersaudara, dengan adik perempuan bernama Pippa dan adik bayi lelaki bernama Hank.

Elsa hidup dalam keluarga yang retak, kemudian sang Ibu menikah kembali dengan seorang pria Skot bernama Mack.

Awalnya kehidupan keluarga ini biasa-biasa saja, lalu morat-marit saat Mack kehilangan pekerjaannya.
Tak punya tempat tinggal hingga mereka harus bernaung di hotel bed and breakfast yang kondisinya digambarkan sangat mengenaskan, dengan binatang-binatang kecil yang bukan p
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Kellie Carr
The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson focuses on the young Elsa growing up through tough times as we watch her life deteriorate domestically from bad to worse. We see her move from house to house to eventually living in the ‘Royal’ which ironically was a ‘shabby’ bed and breakfast hotel. We as readers can see Elsa’s internal struggle which she covers up with a thick skin which paved the way for her love of comedy; in particular jokes. It is clear that her stepfather ‘Mack the smack’ wa ...more
Patrick Gralton
My forth review..
The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson...
This is a tale about a young girl named Elsa. She is the eldest in her family which consists of herself, her mother, two siblings and a person she insists on calling her step-father.
Told from her perspective the story is full of jokes(which she loves telling) and an imaginative way of viewing the world – which is depicted in some of the illustrations. Eg. When she talks of her brother and sister being ‘halves’ (half-brother and s
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Alice Brady
The Bed and Breakfast Star is about a girl called Elsa and her family. When Elsa gets a new step-dad, her life seems to go from bad to worse. When her step-dad, “Mack the smack” loses his job, Elsa’s family find their selves so poor that they have to live in a grotty bed and breakfast, ironically named “Royal Hotel”. Elsa deals with the changes and difficulties in her life by telling jokes as she dreams of one day becoming a famous comedienne. She finally has her moment of fame when disaster str ...more
Tara Calaby
Re-read
I definitely think this is one of Wilson's best books. She's always on good form when she writes about kids who have difficult lives, because she never does it in a patronising manner. Of course, reading as an adult, books like The Bed and Breakfast Star can be a difficult read, because you know the happy ending is temporary and can see that the issues go so much deeper. Writing a book that is completely suitable for junior readers but yet offers something extra to adults is a rare talen
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Nanda Nair
its super, but as i am coming from india,kerala, kozhikode and i am studing in devagiri in 6th standard so, some of the english words which i am not familier with are very difficult some even we cant read, so you could have made it little eASY SO, IT CAN BE EASY for the children not from your city.
thanks,
from NANDA NAIR A
WITH LOTS OF ENJOYMENT AND FUN.
AND YOUR NAME IS QUITE DIFFICULT.HA!HA!HA!I JUST WAS KIDDING!
The Girl Who Reads
Didn't find this book very interesting . As I was younger I found it a bit dull and not as exciting as my normal readings of fantasy and adventure
Leah
Mar 24, 2015 Leah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jacqueline Wilson fans
Recommended to Leah by: My Friend - Gemma Meigh
Shelves: childrens
This was another Wilson book that I was not sure on. I just felt that she was too alike to Tracy Beaker with how Elsa is quite ignorant and is always beaking the rules.

Yet with Elsa I could understand her behaviour. With an abusive father and a mother more focused on her other children, I sympathised with her and felt that she was very decent to her half-sisters and loved her positivity even in such a terrible hotel.

I just didn't really enjoy the story. This loud-mouthed girl saves the whole hot
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Amanda Milburn
As an adult even the ending to this book is really sad, especially as the housing crisis portrayed is still a reality for so many people.
Ursula Clancy
I don't like many JW books but I thought this one was interesting and, well, it was cute I guess. Haven't read it in a long time though...
James Gould
interesting story, and thought provoking, but so many jokes it got frustrating. Not my cup of tea.
Linn
Pretty good childrens book ,about children in need.I actually cried near the end..!
Kristine
3.5 stars

Revisited an old childhood favourite, but perception of it has changed.
Elsa
Pertama kali membaca buku anak-anak dan tokoh utamanya bernama Elsa! Ada ikatan emosi tersendiri saat membacanya, hahaha.
Elsa diceritakan dengan karakter yang kuat di tengah segala permasalahan keluarga yang ada. Tak lupa gambaran kepolosan khas anak-anak yang begitu menarik untuk disimak, apalagi oleh kita yang sudah tak lagi anak-anak, tetapi pernah menjadi anak-anak dan suatu hari akan membesarkan anak-anak.

Melihat dunia - yang keras - dari sudut pandang anak-anak bisa jadi sangat menginspir
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Sofiannisa Achmadila
If it's just for a moment or for ever, who cares? Happy ending is happy ending!
Byron Pound
got nothing to say this was bader then the dare games
Seren Rix
Awesome book. It is funny and has a cool twist at the end
Gem
Read this over and over again as a child
Lisa
I love love loved this book! I think I'm really a huge fan of Jacqueline Wilson. It's official now I think. I love the first person narrative, the perspective of Elsa as she's jostled through her various "beds". The story is realistic, and Wilson manages to give a happy ending without making it sappy or unbelievable. I also love the illustrations throughout. I love an illustrated book. To me it just enhances the whole experience. I think all books ought to be illustrated; War and Peace, the Bibl ...more
Rania Ajjan El Hadid
An entertaining young girl; with a dream of making it as a comedienne describes the hardships of her life: being moved around from pillar to post, not being able to settle in one school for long; thus leaving her with poor educational skills and having to start meeting new friends over and over again. Enjoyable.
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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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