When Simone's new teacher mistakes her for a boy called Simon, the trouble really begins - and it doesn't stop! Simone is constantly getting into trouble, even though she doesn't mean to (most of the time). Fruitloops and Dipsticks is a laugh-out-loud coming-of-age novel about a tough (but sensitive) girl (who's pretending to be a boy) who comes to accept her family's - and her own - eccentricities, and learns a lot about life and love along the way. 'This is an extraordinarily good book. It's so rich; it's full of really strong characters and relationships grandfather, mother, mother's new boyfriend, teacher, new classmates, first boyfriend/girlfriend told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. Ulf Stark can do everything in just one sentence: happy and sad, dry and funny. Julia Marshall, publisher 'I love how this book is cheekily subversive and so good-hearted; it exactly captures how it feels to be twelve - when you realise that the adults in your life are a bit embarrassing and flawed (but you still need and love them), and you get your first crush (but are determined not to get all mushy about it). I really stand behind this book, and can't recommend it highly enough. It's hilarious and absurd and completely realistic! I can't imagine anyone not loving it.' Jane Arthur, assistant publisher
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Ulf Stark , Julia Marshall , Penelope Todd
Publisher: Gecko Press
Imprint: Gecko Press
Dimensions: Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 19.80cm
ISBN 10: 1877467588
Publication Date: 17 September 2010
Recommended Age: 10-14
Audience: Children/juvenile , Children's (6-12)
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Amelia writes: Simone has had a tough week. Her mother forgot her twelfth birthday, and she had to make her own cake. She's moved to a new town with her mother's geeky boyfriend and her mum left their dog behind. Her grandfather has run away from hospital wearing his hospital gown and a pair of stolen high heeled boots. And on her first day at her new school, the teacher mistakes her for a boy called Simon. So Simone decides to play along, acting the part of the new boy in the class. This inevitably leads to some problematic situations, where to change for PE for example. Or the unwanted romance with one of the girls in class who thinks Simon is just the most sensitive boy she has ever met. While Simone is pretending to be a boy at school, she has to deal with her grandfather's illness, her mother's new boyfriend Ingvar all the while making sure no-one finds out what she is up to. This quirky book was a joy to read - hilarious and heartwarming at the same time. Gecko Press is a small publisher based in New Zealand who specialise in translating children's books from other languages - Fruitloops & Dipsticks has been translated from Swedish - and their books are always worth taking a look at for something a little different.
Ulf Stark has written around 30 books for children and young adults, as well as a number of film, TV and theatre scripts. He has won many prizes in Sweden and internationally, including the German Youth Literature Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Award and the August Prize. Books by Ulf Stark have been translated into more than 20 languages and he has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen prize.
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