August 2011, Corgi Pups
72 pages, Paperback
Themes: single parent family, life without a mother, being different to other children, getting in trouble at school, school trips, mysterious goings on, lots of humour
Summary from Random House Children's Publishers
Dinah feels sad. Her class has gone on a school trip to see the dinosaurs at the museum, and everyone else has a tasty packed lunch - except Dinah. Until a funny new friend decides to help . . .
Soon Dinah has a very special packed lunch - but there is an even bigger surprise in store!
Pictures are said to be worth 1000 words. They certainly say a great deal about the life Dinah has, the life she wants, and the life she gets for a while. The large plot twist was totally unexpected and made me gasp. I liked what happened afterwards because Dinah managed to fit in by not fitting in. I think the adult in me over thought the ending because I expected some repercussion for what happened but there was none in this 9/10 read.
You can find out more on Jacqueline's website.
For anothe tale where a girl gets whisked away from life try The Monster Story-Teller, also by Jacqueline.