The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson is an utter masterpiece, hence why this a short review as I can find nothing bad to say about it!
The book covers the issue of divorce, however, it does this in a way that shows a sense of unity and that all is not as bad as it seems. It does this in particular in a very light hearted manner, with each chapter a letter of the alphabet and how this in turn relates to the story.
The Suitcase Kid is a book primarily aimed at children, yet, covers an issue which many kids may find complex and upsetting. This is where I found it to be sheer genius as in the end Andy (the protagonist) learns that after all, things that were once difficult can be solved and what once was troubling can be answered.
The book also deals with aspect of bullying within the household and many other complicated issues- such as: one week living with your mum and one with your dad and simply being stuck in the middle- but once again shows how this can be overcome easily.
The book sends you on a rollercoaster of emotions- sadness, anger albeit happiness. For children this book is one in which I highly recommend- the reader instantly creates a bond with Andy and you cannot help but love her, whilst at the same time feel complete pity for her!
I read the book when I was younger and I read it with the same enthusiasm now, as I did then and I believe it to be simply wonderful.
“It’s as easy as A B C. That’s what everyone says. But all I want is to go home – back to Mulberry Cottage…”