From the Publisher
“Floss, bless her brave little heart, is showing up in a publishing era that is largely ignoring stories like hers in favor of glitzier, sexier mean-girl fare. For girls who have outgrown Ramona, but are still wary of "The Clique," Floss makes an able, admirable companion. She may not live next door, but you'll wish she did.” The New York Times Book Review
“. . . a poignant, gently humorous, and totally satisfying tale. Flossie is charmingly believable . . .” Booklist, Starred Review
“This tension paces a novel that contains many compelling, sometimes gritty, elements . . . Floss's emotional turmoil should hook girls.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Wilson (second in popularity only to J.K. Rowling in the UK) mixes familiar situations and concerns with a brisk pace and a main character her tween-girl readers would like to be best friends with--quite the winning package.” The Horn Book Magazine
“Flossie is a likable character who discovers the meaning of true friendship, suffers hardship with aplomb, and learns some important life lessons along the way. Readers will cheer her on and feel satisfaction when she sees her ex-best friend for the bully and snob that she is.” School Library Journal
“British author Wilson portrays heavy issues of poverty, bankruptcy, drunken/bawdy adult behavior, bullying and unconditional parental/child love through a determined protagonist and a group of believable secondary characters.” Kirkus Reviews
Floss, bless her brave little heart, is showing up in a publishing era that is largely ignoring stories like hers in favor of glitzier, sexier mean-girl fare. For girls who have outgrown Ramona but are still wary of The Clique, Floss makes an able, admirable companion. She may not live next door, but you'll wish she did.
The New York Times
Readers who were wondering where all the mean girls have gone need look no further. Wilson knows mean girls and skillfully constructs dilemmas faced by a contemporary middle schooler who longs for acceptance. Meet Floss, whose friendship problems would be more than enough with which to cope, but she is also dealing with divorced parents, a baby brother, a mom and stepfather moving to another continent, a father with a failing business-real family issues making peer friendships all that more crucial. Floss's first-person narrative is aware at times, nanve at others, but always well-meaning. She is shamed, confused, and guilty. Floss and "friends" are clearly delineated and compelling. Whether dealing with a wonderfully creative dad who fails miserably at ironing or meanly shunning a fellow outcast to gain favor with the populars, Floss's actions are understandable and touching. Nick Sharratt's illustrations are a terrific bonus. Twenty-three chapters open with delightful panels of comic book-like sketches, previewing aspects of the chapter, for use as pre-reading anticipation, and as post-reading review. Unlike some young adult novels, this book sports an insightful teacher and other well-intentioned adults. Wilson, a best-selling, award-winning British author, includes "Floss's Glossary" to help readers with unfamiliar terms (candyfloss = cotton candy, chip butty = French fry sandwich, swotty = teacher's pet, slowcoach = slowpoke). Speaking of lists, Floss loves them and through them, shares with readers why Rhiannon is a wonderful best friend, the questions her parents ask, and the inventory of her father's closet. Geography, economics, class, and even smells conspire against Floss;female readers should appreciate her struggles and conquests. Reviewer: Patti Sylvester Spencer
School Library Journal
Flossie's mom is remarried and has a prosperous life with her husband and baby. Flossie's dad, however, is close to 40 and hasn't gotten it together. Overweight, depressed, and financially hard up, he is his own worst enemy. When Flossie's mom and stepdad move to Sydney for six months, Flossie convinces her mother to let her stay with her loving but inept father in London. Her life changes drastically when she starts going to school looking unkempt and smelling of her father's greasy-spoon café. She loses her superficial and status-conscious friends, but makes friends with Susan, whose background is more like hers. After numerous trials that end in near homelessness, Flossie's father finally puts the divorce behind him. When he encounters Rose, a fortune-teller and cotton-candy maker with a traveling carnival, he's met his true match. Flossie is a likable character who discovers the meaning of true friendship, suffers hardship with aplomb, and learns some important life lessons along the way. Readers will cheer her on and feel satisfaction when she sees her ex-best friend for the bully and snob that she is.
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