Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:42 pm
Does anyone still read any novels intended for children? I have read Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson a few times; it's a good source of empathy. A bitchy girl called Chloe keeps victimising Daisy (the heroine) for no apparent reason, making it clear she doesn't want her in the group. As I was usually the one in the Daisy-position at school, the ending of Sleepovers is extremely satisfying: Chloe gets frightened by something in the night, and literally wets herself. Only one potential change to the story could make me be on the bully's side: if Daisy had dreadful taste in TV programmes, AND managed to cast a spell over the channels (making them pander to her ideas of what should be shown), only then would I applaud Chloe's endeavours to make her life a perpetual misery.The book is embellished with plenty of tantalising descriptions of party-cakes, too!