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The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
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Jun 06, 12

Read in June, 2012

This presents the story of Andy, an 11 year old girl that is struggling to cope with her new life as a result of the breakdown of her parents marriage, moving from their collective home at Mulberry Cottage to an unsettled living situation, one week with Mum, one week with Dad. Yet it is not just Mum and Dad anymore, oh no. Andy's Dad and Mum have found new love and with this brings aggrevating step siblings, baboon stepfathers, and cramped settings that eliminate the option of truely calling anywhere home.

This story gives a simple depiction of a very complex yet common scenario that children find themselves in in the wake of the 21st century and the ever dying concept of the "normal" nuclear family. As it is told in the first person, it gives children the opportunity to empathise with the character but also to discuss different perspectives, conflict and conflict resolution based on compromise. I have found this a great book to explore with Upper Key Stage Two, providing many aspects for open class engagement and discussion.
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