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The Suitcase Kid

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  8,928 Ratings  ·  284 Reviews
When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me...

My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me - and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum's new family, one week with Dad's.

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Yearling (first published 1992)
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Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
I connected on a spiritual level to how Andy loves her little rabbit toy, Radish. Loved the ending so much, even though throughout there's not much hope for Andy finding comfort and happiness.
Joey Woolfardis
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.


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Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a child in year 5 and a few times since then. I remember my whole class fell in love with this book. One thing I liked about it was that it allows children, who may have parents who no longer live together, to identify with the main character Andrea. It could be used by those children as a sort of coping strategy should they have a hard time dealing with such things at home, after all things seem to work out for Andrea in the end. It's a great story about how Andrea deals wit ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
This is definitely in my top five favourite Jacqueline Wilson books. As a child, I read it over and over again, I just couldn't get enough of it.

Andy is coping with the divorce of her parents and having to adjust to having two new mis-matched families. Stepbrothers, stepsisters and not all of them nice! As an only child, Andy is pushed pillar to post by mum and dad as they struggle to work out a suitable visitation arrangement.

This book spoke to me on a personal level as my own parents divorce
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Senior Primary Children 'n' Young Secondar Chilrdren (Girls)
It Is A Great Story With A Fascinatinn Story Line The Book Is Very Interestinn Becausee Of The Way Is Is Set And It Is Told Like It Is Based On A Real Story. It Is Aboutt A Girl Whos Mum And Dad Have Split Up And She Is Given The Choice To Live With Either Her Mum Or Dad And Choses Both So Each Week She Stays At Her Mums House And The Next Week She Stays With Her Dad ...But It Doesn't Turn Out All As Planned.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've literally read this book about a 1000000 times. It's great how she writes it and the humourous situations are something we could all relate too. Some people may think this has sensitive subjects for young readers who are going through difficult times but i think differently, it kind of helps them get through it.
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, childrens, 7, 2010
Well, I read it, so I guess I can put it my "read" shelves.

This is actually a major first. It's my first "book to read before I let my child read it" book. Marcus picked it up at the library and when I asked it turned out it was because he liked the name. I didn't take much notice at the library, but when he picked it to read tonight I thought I better take a look.

This isn't a book for a six year old boy and I won't be giving it to him to read. But it's a good book for an older girl dealing with
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pgce-reviews
‘The Suitcase Kid’ by Jacqueline Wilson is a book you can enjoy as an adult or as a child! When I was a child I enjoyed reading various books by Jacqueline Wilson such as ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ and ‘Bad Girls’, and as an adult I have come to appreciate how she captures issues such as divorce, death and fostering through emotional dialogue and gripping characters.

‘The Suitcase Kid’ is about a 10 year old girl called Andrea who has to come to terms with her parent’s recent divorce. She altern
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The suitcase kid' tells the story of 10year old Andrea. Andy, as she is known shares her experiences of divorce and broken families. Andy's parents share custody of her when they split up and start their new families. Andy is torn from Mum's house one week and them Dad's the next. Not only does Andy have to come to terms with her parents split; the only child now has five siblings and nowhere to call home. Jacqueline Wilson uses the 10year old narrator to spill. Her inner most thoughts and fear ...more
Hollie Westmore
Jacqueline Wilson- The suitcase Kid

As a young teenager I had the whole Jacqueline Wilson book series! The suitcase Kid was my favourite by far!
What spoke to me throughout reading this story again, was that it is written through the eyes of a child going through the realities of having two homes, when their parents separate and divorce from each other. I felt if I was a child reading this and was going through this in real life this would have been very comforting for me to know that I wasn’t th
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows Andy whose parents have divorced and who is now being forced to move between both their homes and come to terms with her parents gaining new partners and step families. I first read this book in Primary School, the same year my Mum and Dad separated, and being in a class with only 2 other children with separated parents, it was both a comfort and a relief to read something that was so mainstream that involved something so personal to me, and that was written in such a delicate ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The suitcase kid is a book about a ten year old girl named Andy who is struggling to cope with her parent’s divorce. She is forced to leave Mulberry cottage her family home and decide which parent to live with permanently. Andy decides to choose both. 1 week she goes to her mother, and the next week she goes to her father. This book cleverly outlines the Andy’s emotions, fears and neglect as a result of her new family situation. Andy feels as if she is living out of a suitcase. Finding a new mul ...more
Ross Oates
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson is a story about a 10 year old child called Andy and her struggle in coping with her parents’ divorce. Andy is desperate to return to her old life and family home where she was once happy. Unable to decide which parent to live with permanently, Andy moves between her mother and fathers house each week. The story shows the physical and mental strain this has on Andy as she copes with her parents arguing as well as having new step siblings thrust upon her. I r ...more
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
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember the time when I was young, living with Mom and Dad and my little sister. It wasn't a vivid memory, and then I could only recall many years of living with Aunt and Uncle in a country. At that time, my parents didn't live together anymore.

That's probably why I could relate to Andrea so much. We don't exactly encounter similar problems; relocating between parent's houses, dealing with evil siblings, seeing mom and dad fighting or wishing my old family back. But I get what Andrea was goin
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also LOVE this book, it's a subject I would not normally relate too or be drawn to in a novel, yet somehow everything that happens to Andy hits me right in the gut. I love the realistic way she writes about Andy's feelings to her knew sister, her distrust of the professionals sent to help her, and her quirk of her sylvanian friend is very relatable for me (as a child I had an obsession with those, and for a while started carrying a sylvanian family otter around in my pocket trying to be like and ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
”The grass grew lavishly and the flowers were in tangled clumps and the creepers were crawling all over everywhere. Perhaps no-one was living there any more.”
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Suitcase Kid is a story about a girl named Andy, aged 11; her parents are separating but both Mum and Dad want Andy to live with them when all Andy wants is to live back in mulberry cottage with the whole family including Radish, Andy’s toy Sylvanian rabbit. Andy decides to live one week in house A with mum and Bill’s 3 children and one week in house B with Dad, Carrie and her twins.

Andy has been thrown into new homes, step-parents, step-brothers and sisters, her school work is suffering, s
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a story of a 10 year old girl named Andy. Throughout the book we are made aware of Andy's struggle to cope, after her parents have split up. She has moved from her family home "Mulberry Cottage", to having to live one week with her mum, and one week with her dad, as she is undecided as to who she wants to live with.
Being 10 years old Andy hopes that her family can once again all be happy, and live together in "Mulberry Cottage". However it is no longer just mum and dad anymore. Both pare
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea, known as Andy's parents are going through a bitter divorce. Her dad wants her to live with him and her mum wants her to live with her. Both her parents have new parents and Andy finds herself going backwards and forwards between her two parents.

Throughout the book, Andy wishes that her parents would get back together and move back into their little house called Mulberry Cottage. She is extremely nostalgic about a place where she was so happy as a child. Andy loses focus at school, gettin
Sheena O'connell
Jacquieline Wilson managed to capture the new 21st century child while writing this touching and emotional book. The suitcase kid is about a ten year old girl 'Andy' who is struggling to cope with the divorse of her parents. The book cleverly outlines the lonely childs emotions, fears and neglect as a result of her new family situation. As both her parents want whats best for her, this doesn't stop the argues, fights and tension as a result of their decisions. This situation is very current and ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andy always had to swop houses her mums to dads,she really just wanted to live in Mulberry cottage with Raddish,her mum and dad Raddish is her toy rabbit she always talks to when she needs help and who is always with her.One day after school she found this garden with a pond whitch Raddish liked alot,so when she got home she got Grahme (her step brother) to make her a boat for Raddish so he did.Everyday after that she went to that garden and played in it with Raddish.But one day she was playing ...more
Laura Clayton
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story tells the tale of Andy, who basically feels like she is living out of a suitcase and her life is quite upheaved/unorganised due to the fact her parents (who all used to live at the nice ‘Mulberry Cottage’ have now been separated and living a different life with new people in it. Andy does not get the initial ‘haooy ending’ she was primarily dreaming of (of a reunion) however she does become more accepting of the realities of her new life.
Age range:
Key stage 2 / 8 years plus
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it “as easy as ABC” when your parents split up? Probably it is not, certainly not for ten - year – old Andy.

She has new stepsiblings, two houses to live in and she is deeply unhappy dreaming about coming back to her Mulberry Cottage, the place where she lived with her parents, to a life she used to have before the divorce. But it is not possible, not any more. She needs to find her way to cope with that difficult situation. She is upset, argues with her new families, feels lonely, but that do
Andy, hidupnya berantakan saat kedua orangtuanya memutuskan untuk bercerai.. Tinggal tidak menentu, seminggu ikut ibunya, seminggu ikut ayahnya.. Poor Andy. Kedua situasi tsb sama2 dia benci.. Masing2 orangtuanya sudah mempunyai sebuah keluarga kecil baru. Andy merasa terjebak, dia tidak merasa dikeluarga manapun.. Yang dia mau cuma keluarga kecil yang dulu tinggal di Mulberry Cottage..

Sedih liat Andy merasa merana seperti itu.. Kasihan, ditengah kebahagiaan baru kedua orangtuanya dia diabaikan.
Farah Noreen
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl called Andy, a 10-year old whose parents have had a divorce. Andy's mother remarries a man called Bill, who is the father of three children. Meanwhile, Andy's father remarries a lady called Carrie who has twins and is expecting a child. The story shows Andy's change in character due to her parents' divorce. She becomes very anti-social, does poorly at school and starts playing lots of games with an imaginary friend. However, in the end andy accepts the fact that her par ...more
Colleen Mckenna
This is the first Jacqueline Wilson book I have read and I was struck by how moving and realistic this book was. The Suitcase Kid tells the story of 10 year old Andy and her struggle with coping with her parents’ divorce. Andy is desperate to return to her old life and family home where she was once happy. Unable to decide which parent to live with permanently, Andy moves between her mother and fathers house each week. The story shows the physical and mental strain this has on Andy as she copes ...more
Charlotte Needham
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a young girl called Andrea ‘Andy’, who is emotionally caught up in the divorce of her parents. Andrea is called the Suitcase Kid as she is always packing her suitcase and moving around to go and see either her Mums new family or her Dads new family. While Andrea is always moving around she is emotionally struggling with the feeling that she doesn’t belong anywhere anymore and wishes that things used to be the way they were when her Mum and Dad were together and she feels that ...more
Anna Scott
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Suitcase Kid' is an interesting story about a young girl named 'Andy'. Andy's parent have recently divorced and this has had a huge impact on Andy's life. No longer living in their family home of 'Mulberry Cottage', Andy is living between two houses. She lives with her father and his new family one week and with her mother and her new family the following week.

Andy does not like the new arrangements in her life. She does not like her new step parents and fights regularly with her new sibli
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 bintang

Orangtua Andrea bercerai. Dan dia harus memilih antara Mum atau Dad. Andrea hanya memiliki satu teman. Namanya Radish. Radish itu boneka kelinci kecil kesayangannya.

Andrea tak mau memilih. Dia ingin tetap di Mulberry Cottage milik mereka. dengan pohon murberi di taman mereka.

Namun akhirnya keputusan yang diambil adalah dia seminggu harus bersama Mum, kemudian seminggu bersama Dad. Dan begitu seterusnya.

Kehidupan Andy, panggilan untuk Andrea, berubah drastis. Karena Mum dan Dad memil
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