Floss's parents are divorced, and she divides up her week, spending five days with her mum, her new stepdad and her baby half-brother. The other two days Floss spends with her dad, helping him to run his greasy spoon cafe. But their simple arrangement is thrown into disarray when Floss's mum decides to move to Australia.
Making the difficult decision to stay at home, Floss moves in permanently with her dad and they muddle along happily together, surviving on chip butties and enjoying visits to the local funfair. But disaster strikes - Dad's money troubles catch up with him and they have to move out of the cafe. They're homeless - but can their new fairground friends help out?
The latest from Britain's former Children's Laureate is vintage Wilson. Flora Barnes splits her week between her mother, who has remarried a successful executive, and her father whose situation is less rosy. When her stepfather accepts a temporary transfer to Australia, "Floss," as she is called, must choose to spend six months in sunny Sydney or to stay with her father above his failing chip shop. At school, she's also torn. Her best friend, the "posh and persnickety" Rhiannon, has become materialistic and judgmental; Floss can't stand the cruel teasing Rhiannon directs at a new classmate. When Floss chooses to stay with her dad because she realizes he needs her more than her mother does her standing at school suffers. Her mismatched clothing, which carries the greasy spoon's scent, makes her the new target of Rhiannon's torments. Meanwhile, her father is losing his shop to bankruptcy and the possibility of homelessness becomes real. This tension paces a novel that contains many compelling, sometimes gritty, elements shopping, gambling, fair-going, romance, a knife-fight and even a scary fire. All that action makes the narrative longer than usual for this age group, but Floss's emotional turmoil should hook girls. There's a real tenderness to her relationship with her father, fully dimensional in all his flaws, a man whose love for his daughter often clouds his judgment. A full page of Sharratt's comic-strip style panels opens each chapter, and "Floss's Glossary" defines unfamiliar Briticisms. Ages 9-12.
Yes this is my book !
I loved this book so much it is the best!
It’s sweet for,KIDS
So this book is amazing I think it fits 7~10 kids that love Jackie Wilson so amazing but maybe not so much for older years
Candy floss is sweet
Amazing! Realistic! Highly developed! One of my favourite Wilson books! The only reason it’s a 4 and not 5 is that the ending was quite abrupt and in my opinion not well thought out.