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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  3,151 ratings  ·  78 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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Ellie
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
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Katie
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
Hannah
Jun 01, 2014 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Revas
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
Chloe Shayler
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.
Tess
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
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Karen Field
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
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Sally
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
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Kayla Mcminn
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.
Hannah-mae Lannie
I am actually quite surprised at other reviews, as I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was especially intruiged by the main characters Treasure and India, as Wilson creates such entertaining and interesting characters.I felt as if the book was relatable to the young, and I love Wilson's writing style, and I couldn't put fhe book down.
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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Brianna
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Esme Naylor
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.
Leah
Jul 09, 2013 Leah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jacqueline Wilson fans
Recommended to Leah by: My Friend - Gemma Meigh
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
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Gem
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.
Beth
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
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
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
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Ellesse Cummins
One of my favourite. I love how two people from different social backgrounds fit and work so perfectly together
Christy Austen
A sweet story about two very different girls who become BFFs:)
Emma
I do not really like this book it is not one of Wilson's best ....
Keely
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Orla
This is a really great book for children as it lets children be aware that friendship is really important, especially as some children may have problems in making friends and with issues that can arise from bullying. Both girls keep a diary which lets the reader into their lives and helps them to become aware of their feelings. This may also encourage children to keep their own diaries of their thoughts and feelings.
This is a fun book which lets the reader into the minds of the two characters wi
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Roisinmcg
A very good book.
But it's hard to choose who you would rather be.
Treasure or India? In the beginning Treasure gets a horrible scar because her mum's boyfriend hit her with his belt then she goes and lives with her nan.
But then runs away because her mum and her boyfriend want her back and has to live in the attic with her new best friend India. But of course in the end she gets found but still doesn't want to go home with her mum. I found that bit very sad
but I was angry because her mum called h
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Molly Willis
Despite it being a children's book, this book made more of an impact on me than most I've read since.

I read it when I was eight years old and was completely drawn in. It started my passion for literature.

The thing that I've always loved about Jacqueline Wilson is her fearlessness to take children's literature to another level. She writes about controversial topics (some of which were banned in my primary school library, ridiculous) in a way that children will understand and sympathise with.
Lorraine Bellevue
Easily among my favourite Jacqueline Wilson novels. I would especially recommend it to anyone touched by Anne Frank's life story (as Anne Frank's diary plays a role), but I think this is a great book for anyone, regardless of how familiar they are withe Anne Frank.
Amanda-Jayne Davies
I was 10 or 11 years old the first time I read this book, and I read it again to see if it still felt anywhere near relevant to me a decade down the line. It was nice to find that it was still relatable - even though it's in a nostalgic sense more than anything else. I enjoyed reading it again, and I can understand why I enjoyed it in the past. It's not too dumbed down or patronising, and it handles serious issues in such a wonderful way.
Vanessa
I think all British girls (and maybe some boys) who grew up in the 1990s/2000s have read at least one Jacqueline Wilson book... I used to love them, and they were everywhere!

Wilson is a fantastic children's writer, even though at times, her books were a bit gritty for gritty's sake and sort of trundled towards a happy ending. Still, they're good reads for youngsters travelling from childhood to adolescence.
Jackie Mc
Fantastic book!
Love the way each character has their own chapters.
Henna
Dec 05, 2008 Henna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 9 - 16 Year Old Girls
This is a great book with a good storyline. The book is about two different girls, living two separate lives but each facing problems of their own. They soon become friends and realise their similarities. They help one another with their problems and help the other get through the worst. This book, I would say, is suited for girls between the ages of 9 - 16.
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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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