October 2013, Corgi, 160 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Summary from Random House Children's Publishing
Fifteen-year-old Morag Narmo really doesn't want to go to school any more. She and her siblings would rather feed their heads into the waste-disposal unit than 'do the academical'. So they are all stunned when their parents whisk them out of school and embark on a home-schooling experiment. But with five children, two unruly pets and some extremely eccentric attitudes, the educational experiment soon descends into chaos...
I wanted a book to cheer me up while I battled germ gremlins and Morag's family didn't disappoint me. Her siblings and parents are lovably nuts. They constantly do surprising things and are all endearing, especially the 2 year old Poppy when she gorged on her siblings' Easter eggs, the sneaky Lily who was the only sibling with a back up plan for the lost chocolate, Josh for trying to be grown up but giving up when it suited him, Morag for her incredible and worrying bread, Aggy for being such a bookworm, their mother for being idealistic and their father for being incredibly stupid. Somehow the fact that homeschooling didn't really happen got swallowed by the family's hilarious and ludicrous antics.
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For more sibling madness check out the series which starts with Pea's Book of Best Friends by Susie Day (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)