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3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  4,028 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
India lives in a large, luxurious house with a mum she can't stand and a dad she adores, though he hasn't had much time for her recently. She seeks solace in her journal, which she keeps in sincere imitation of her heroine, Anne Frank. Treasure lives on the local council estate with her loving and capable grandmother. She is devoted to her nan but lives in fear of having t ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Corgi (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sep 30, 2015 Nazhath rated it it was amazing

Treasure and India are two girls who come from very different backgrounds. Whilst Treasure has recently moved into her grandmother’s council flat, escaping her abusive step father, India lives in the comfortable, middle class Park field estate with her parents and au pair.

Despite their differences, an unlikely but deep friendship develops between them, where they keep diaries, inspired by their heroine, Anne Frank.

They fill the diaries with their most serious secrets and moving accounts of the
Sep 28, 2015 Siobhan rated it liked it
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 wa
Nov 12, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it
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This is about to girls India and Treasure. They both keep diarys and they don't know it yet but they will soon be BFF.

Treasure lives with her nan Because Her mums bloke hit her with his Belt buckle. India is posh and her mum owns a child clothes and her dad is having trouble with work. Her nanny Wanda keeps on crying. One day Indi a can't find Wanda to pick her up. So she walkes down a street her mum told her not to go down. She meets Treasure. And they become friends. But when her mum wants he
Jul 03, 2016 Bev rated it liked it
A nice quick read. I can see how it would appeal to 10 year old girls. I thought it was okay, but nothing special.
Apr 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Its about two girls, Treasure and India, who both love Anne Frank and writing in their diaries. Treasure has had a hard life, being beaten by her Mums boyfriend so she goes to live with her loving Grandma, who is nothing like any other grandmas! Treasure also has ashtma (which is what i have) and she's hoping to make a friend. So when she meets Treasure and finds out she writes a diary too, they immediatly come best friends. The chapters are set out in their diaries. First off, its Treasures dia ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
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Aug 18, 2016 Lauren M rated it really liked it
Read as a kid, wanna see if its still good!
Jun 01, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jacqueline Wilson fans and young teens growing up
Growing up, Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author and I would recommend her to anyone who loves to read and grows up. However, I hadn't dabbled in her books for a while, so whilst I was awaiting a few new books to arrive, I decided to delve back into my 'child hood' books and re-read this!

'Secrets' is a beautiful story written in two perspectives. India is a girl who goes to a posh school, and is misunderstood by everyone and anyone. Even her own rich family don't seem to notice her anymore
Oct 19, 2014 Revas rated it really liked it
This book is about two girls who are new best friends. Two different girls from different worlds help each other. One of the girls( Treasure ) has a angry, horrible step father who always beats her.She ran away from home to her Nan`s place but they are coming back to get her. The other girl ( India ) is helping Treasure hide in her acetic but how long will she keep her there? I totally forgot to mention this, India is a big fond of Anne Frank. Nobody except India knows Treasure is up there. Indi ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Gabrielle rated it it was ok
The storyline was good and the Anne Frank theme behind it was better. But to be honest, I didn't finish it. I couldn't bare to finish it! The book wasn't as well written as other of Wilson's books and I feel like this should be the only Wilson book that will disappoint me. I know I will enjoy the other ones I got from the Thrift Shop that should be read over summer. Anyway, I found this book a bit boring and the plot development wasn't very good. The book started slow and I just kept waiting for ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Chloe rated it liked it
This book is narrated by two very different girls; India and Treasure. Both are living very different lives, but have one thing in common: They are both unhappy with their lives.
A tale of friendship, struggles, and most importantly...Secrets.
Marina Schulz
"Secrets" was the first book I read that turned me on to "girlier" books; before I'd always just read the standard unisex adventure novels every kid gets, Famous Five, Secret Seven, et all.

"Secrets" is the story of two girls, India and Treasure, who come from very different backgrounds but end up becoming inseparable friends nonetheless, standing through thick and thin. India is upper middle class, but is ignored by her family, and feels lonesome and ugly. Treasure has a mom who puts her second
Mar 27, 2014 Tess rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I always have. It was the first Jacqueline Wilson book I ever read. I bought it and Suitcase Kid on a Ferry ride over to Hull to visit my Gramps. I read it that night so it was certainly worth it. It started a sort of tradition for me every time I went to visit my Gramps I got a Jacqueline Wilson book, whichever one was in the Ferry store that I hadn't bought on the previous trip over.
I bought this some nine years ago and I still read it whenever I want something light and happ
Karen Field
Mar 28, 2009 Karen Field rated it liked it
Here’s the blurb:

Treasure and India are two girls with very different backgrounds. As an unlikely, but deep, friendship develops between them, they keep diaries, inspired by their heroine, Anne Frank. Soon the pages are filled with the details of their most serious secret ever.

In my opinion, the story started out a little slow. I like to get straight into the action, but the author took several chapters to set up the two characters – Treasure and India. The book is written in diary form – a cha
Okay I know it ended up being explained as a sarcastic joke that stuck, but naming a kid Treasure, seriously?! Oh geez. And India isn't exactly run-of-the-mill either... why not just have sensible Jane and Susan or something? Am I showing my age here? :P

I kind of wish I'd read Jacqueline Wilson growing up, because she writes a very good children's voice and even if the names are crazy, the kids are very real. Okay so India seriously grated on my nerves as the book went on because she was very kn
Sep 18, 2015 Filippa rated it liked it
Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson is a very unique book. It is about two friends who share a diary between them, as well as having their own diary's there are some secrets that they are hiding from the police and their very own parents. Besides having a friend going to jail and one of the girls being wanted by the police they also have other problems that they have to try to solve by themselves. Will they solve the problems? Will all that mystery get solved?
Oct 15, 2016 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing. I've read it over 5 times. I cant even remember when I first read it so the year off 2011 I'm not too sure off.
I was around 9 maybe 10 when I read this book and I understood it very well. But I was pretty mature for my age. I do think 10 is a bit better but 11 is probably the recommended age to read this from.
My childhood favorite book.
Jan 30, 2014 Annabel rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
May 07, 2014 Brianna rated it really liked it
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Esme Naylor
Mar 30, 2014 Esme Naylor rated it really liked it
I think the story starts out a little slow but once it gets into the action it's okay, I'm not sure how I feel about Wilson's way of glazing over problems and always having a happy ending. I think if something like that happened in real life there would be at least A consequence for India, maybe the book just wasn't meant to be too realistic.
I do like the way Anne Franks story is woven into the writing though.
Mar 24, 2015 Leah rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Jacqueline Wilson fans
Recommended to Leah by: My Friend - Gemma Meigh
Shelves: childrens
I felt that this story was not as good as it could have been. The storyline was decent but I don't think it was written to the best potential, and it certainly wasn't in the same league as some of the other Wilson novels.

I did enjoy the storyline of how the girls meet, I liked the idea of one friend hiding another to keep them safe from a broken home by acting like Anne Frank. Plus I liked the personalities of the characters and linked with India, after being fairly chubby myself and not being p
Mar 06, 2014 Gem rated it it was amazing
I read this book so much as a child it truly is wonderful. I was amazing by the story of the two main characters Treasure and India and the way it included Anne a Frank as a theme is so clever and thoughtfully done.
Jinae Baker
Jun 02, 2015 Jinae Baker rated it it was amazing
The 5 star rating I'm giving this book is based on how I felt about this book when I was 8, which is when I read it. I will reread this, to relive my childhood, so my updated thoughts will be written soon!
This book was really good--it was written really well. The sad thing about this book is that pretty much every adult character is an absolute nincompoop--an idiot, a bafoon. It's sad, really. :(
Jan 14, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
It was okay: a fun, quick read in one sitting. Some scenes were extremely well-written, and I loved the switching POVs, but it all felt a little stereotypical and the ending was - almost - far too "happily ever after." I disagree that it was slow; I felt that the pacing was (almost) just right, but I would have liked to see India and Treasure's time in the attic expanded upon a little as it didn't last that long at all. I like happy endings, but this one seemed contrived. Also, the sudden skim o ...more
Ursula Clancy
Mar 21, 2014 Ursula Clancy rated it did not like it
I suppose it was a little different from other books by JW but I still remember thinking (when I read it years ago) that you can still see obvious Jacqueline Wilson traits
Yumi Learner
Oct 17, 2012 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing
A couple of days ago I read my 41st book in English this year without using a dictionary. For a long time I've had negative feelings against British books because I'm not good at British English. Different spelling words and expressions in British English always make me nervous. The book was the first time for me to read, and I really enjoyed it. I realized that both British books and American books don't have a big difference.

Now, I became confidence in reading British books and would like to t
Jun 30, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
Again, another favourite as a kid :) Secrets inspired me to write a diary... I lasted 2 weeks and then forgot all about it! Oops! :D
Gaynor Helen Grace

This is great, I really love it, as it has a huge twist of events. It is really great! I recommend 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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