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The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
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Sep 29, 2011

The Dare Game is a fantastic book for children. I feel confident readers will greatly enjoy Wilson's witty character, Tracey Beaker. The book deals with common issues that children come across while they grow up. The dilemma with not enjoying school is a big issue and Wilson explores how her protagonist doesn't go to school because she doesn't like the teachers and her peers. Her teacher doesn't allow her to have any imagination especially in the one area she enjoys, creative writing. Treacy isn't allowed free reign on what she writes and this disheartens her.
She also looks at how Treacy makes friends. She isn't very nice to Alexander or 'Football' and they get tired of her. This teaches children that to make friends they have to be nice.
The book is called The Dare Game as Treacy and her new friends start to dare each other to pass the time they spend out of school. The dares are sometimes harmless but sometimes dangerous, for example jumping out of a window and climbing on to a tree.
The book also explores the topic of unconventional families. Treacy has been in and out of children's homes and foster homes. She has a wild imagination and dreams about living with her movie star mother. It deals with her emotional ups and downs as she goes through these processes.
Wilson takes issues which are very appropriate young people and writes them in a way which is engaging and educational for the child. It teaches children many important life skills such as communication and getting along with different types of people. I believe that this book would be appropriate for KS2 children.


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