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Feb 02 2016

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters by Ailsa Wild

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Ill. by Ben Wood. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016. ISBN 9781760126759
(Age: 6+ - Independent readers) Recommended. Themes: Family - Step-families; Relationships; Homelessness; Forgiveness. Squishy Taylor is in a newly blended family, learning to deal with her laid-back father's divided attention, an absent Mother, a Step mother and her twin daughters and the young baby brother they share with Squishy. It takes a shared secret and a few poor decisions to bring the Bonus sisters together, but first they go through a fraught settling in period. A young runaway boy and a grumpy next door neighbour (and a bit of misguided revenge) assist to bring the girls together and to learn to see the benefits of having bonus sisters and living in a blended family.
This will be a new series involving Squishy (yes, it is a nick-name!), who is sometimes inclined to bounce against the boundaries, and will fit nicely between Billie B Brown and the Go Girl series for young readers.
Carolyn Hull

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