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The Bed and Breakfast Star

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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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Jun 26, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
I read and then re-read this book several times as a child; I loved the character of Elsa and her fondness for cheesy jokes (although at that age, they aren't cheesy - just hilarious!)

As ever, Wilson writes of a difficult subject in this story, and unfortunately one that effects thousands and thousands of children every day. Homelessness is a very real issue, and as an adult it is intriguing to be able to look back at this story and see it through the eyes of a child. Staying in a bed and break
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.
Sharmin Ahmed
Jul 31, 2013 Sharmin Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Millie Hodgson
Apr 01, 2017 Millie Hodgson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was really good
Ed Fincham
May 17, 2012 Ed Fincham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2016 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, in-english
I always adore Jac Wilson's book. I love almost all of her books, but surprisingly, this book isn't one of them.

Why I don't like this book?
The characters aren't likeable. Elsa is too irritating (to me) with all the jokes. She only think about herself and her ambission to be a famous comedian. Actually I kind of amuse by her toughness since she never cried whenever her stepfather hit her. I also like her way taking care of her brother and sister when her parents are too weak to even get up from
Steffie Tamuyeye
'The Bed and Breakfast Star' is not a typical child's book that focuses on bunnies and other imaginative adventures that you'd find in a typical child's book.

If anything, Jacqueline WIlson tells a story of a girl called Elsa, whose life is spent relocating in different parts of the country due to her mum's boyfriend losing and finding jobs. She keeps herself occupied by telling herself and others, whoever gives her the time of day, some inventive jokes. However, she's constantly shut own and to
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
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
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
Jun 11, 2017 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
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Myth Liberated
به نظر من خسته کننده بود تکیه زیاد روی مزه پرانی دختره
Sinta Nisfuanna
“Aku kembali menjulurkan lidah, karena muak diomeli semua orang sementara aku tidak bersalah.” (Elsa – h.68)

Elsa hidup bersama ibu dan ayah tiri, ditambah dua adik kecil yang sangat disayanginya. Kemarahan secara verbal seringkali datang kepadanya sebagai bentuk pelampiasan stres orang dewasa. Kehidupan Elsa berpindah-pindah, sampai dia menomori dan memberi penilaian tempat tidurnya setiap kali berganti tempat tinggal. Kepindahan untuk kesekiankalinya, mengantarkan Elsa dan keluarga ke Royal Ho
Mia Thomas
Mar 05, 2017 Mia Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book
Sep 30, 2016 Salma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bed and Breakfast Star is a book written by Jaqueline Wilson. The book is about a girl called Elsa, who is the narrator of the story. She is very cheerful and loves to tell jokes. Elsa lives happily with her mum in England until her mum falls in love with Mack the Smack, a Scottish man whom Elsa dislikes because he frequently uses smacking as a punishment. Elsa's mum marries Mack and they have Pippa, Elsa's five-year-old sister. Mack has a job but loses it. Then Elsa's family move to her ste ...more
Feb 23, 2017 Hol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Really loved the idea of this book, that this family have hit hard times and are stuck living in a bed and breakfast. Really interesting to see how the family cope, and how Elsa, the main character still manages to make the most of it!
Kellie Carr
Aug 21, 2013 Kellie Carr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2011 nat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
ʎzzıɯ Mekana
Jul 10, 2012 ʎzzıɯ Mekana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Keshia Smith
Sep 01, 2015 Keshia Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bed and Breakfast Star follows the life of a young girl called Elsa and her family. The story is based upon the misfortune of Elsa and her family having to move from home to home throughout the duration of her childhood. Elsa’s father left her when she was young and her Mum met a new partner and went on to have two children, Pippa and Hank. Whilst Elsa adapts to having new siblings she finds developing a relationship with her stepdad (Mack) challenging nicknaming him ‘Mack the Smack’.

The st
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
Tara Calaby
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
Mar 04, 2015 Eugenia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-buku-anak
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
Alice Brady
Aug 17, 2011 Alice Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2012 Rachael_rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2014 Dhani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 08, 2013 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  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
Rae Stoltenkamp
Wilson gives us an authentic account of what it’s like to be moved from pillar to post when family housing is precarious. Her main character is cheerfulness personified which is completely misunderstood by those around her, especially as it hides her insecurities. One or two teachers don’t come out in a very good light in this story but that too is reflective of life.

A good story to teach empathy for the trials and tribulations some children face in their lives. Not as good a read for me as Best
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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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