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Summary

India lives in a large, luxurious house with a mum she can't stand and a dad she adores, though he hasn't had much time for her recently. She seeks solace in her journal, which she keeps in sincere imitation of her heroine, Anne Frank.

Treasure lives on the local council estate with her loving and capable grandmother. She is devoted to her nan but lives in fear of having to go back to live with her mother and violent stepfather.

A chance meeting sparks a great friendship between the girls. And when Treasure has to run away to avoid her stepfather, India comes up with a hiding place inspired by her favourite writer. India hasn't got a real secret annexe like Anne Frank – but she has got a hidden attic ...

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Critic reviews

"Wilson's skilful way with dialogue and plot makes this a moving, funny and uplifting story about friendship." (The Observer

"Wilson captures the vulnerable, bolshy tone of young girls, and offers humour and honesty too." (The Independent on Sunday

"Another brilliant book by Jacqueline Wilson." (Scribbler

"Jacqueline Wilson is refreshingly committed to fulfilling children's expectations, and this is her enduring strength. Secrets captures a truth of childhood: that life is full of secrets, partly because so much is unknown and unexplained." (The Guardian)

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Not up to scratch

I love Jacqueline Wilson and I love Anne Frank but India is soooooo whiny and naive. Treasure is good but India is self pitying and if you dont want to be fat why would you eat so much. Indias chapters are longer than Treasures and Treasure is more interesting. Ok, Indias dad is pretty rubbish but her mum seems ok, it's not her fault if she wants to diet and Wanda is wierd. I mean she is obviously suffering from something. All of the Jacqueline Wilson books I have read are better than this and I have a well thumbed copy of Anne Frank's diary and can tell you that her and India are far from 'soul sisters '.

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Fantastic!!

The narrator was fabulous making the book very interesting, and exciting. This book is definitely one to be heard by all Jacqueline Wilson lovers.

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Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson is GREAT!!!


Secrets is a wonderful story written by Jacqueline Wilson, an incredible writer who seems to write incredibly realistic and depressing stories

but also lots of love for the characters in The Story,
they feel just like real people, India and treasure have the most beautiful friendship and I see myself a lot in both of the girls, you can feel the emotions in it and you can really feel for treasure when her mother's abusive boyfriend wants to get her back.
secret is an amazing book that will captivate your imagination and make you really feel happy and content, it's one of the happier books of Jacqueline Wilson in my opinion.. there are many more but Secrets is my absolute favourite I highly recommend this book.

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Josie Lawrence always does a great job.

A fabulous story and perfectly performed. A great one for a KS3 reader with lots of challenging issues to open up discussions.

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Great book

Very clever and gripping. Funny and two lives into one with two circumstances and good solid lines.