Beauty Cookson is no beauty. In fact, she’s as plain as anything – and her scary dad is always telling her so. He’s a fussy, bullying tyrant who constantly puts her and Mum down. And when a birthday party goes very wrong, Mum and Beauty realise that Dad is out of control. They need to escape, before someone gets hurt. So they run away! Soon Mum and Beauty are in a sunny seaside resort, finding a new-found freedom, a hobby, an income – and even a new nickname for Beauty. All her dreams are coming true at last… and she deserves it! An inspirational tale of hope to make your heart dance.

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    Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.


    Jacqueline has won loads of awards, including the prestigious Children’s Laureate 2005-2007, two British Book Awards Children’s Books of the Year for Girls in Tears and The Illustrated Mum, and the Guardian prize for The Illustrated Mum. In a poll to find the Nation’s Favourite Children’s Book Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten.

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