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Treasure in the atticSecretsby Jacqueline Wilson219pp DoubledayJacqueline Wilson is not a follower of the fashion for childrens books that are written for adults too She is refreshingly committed to fulfilling childrens expectations and this is her enduring strength But what makes her books worth reading for adults too is her insight into how children perceive their lives In many of her books she returns to the same themes shedding fresh light on the problems affecting young people without ever becoming formulaic Secrets sticks to familiar territory dealing mainly with the problems and joys of friendship Lonely overweight India whose fashion-designer mum and embezzling dad fail to offer love resorts to The Diary of Anne Frank as a source of emotional support Like Anne India keeps a diary recording the life of pampered neglect in which she lives and her desperate need for friends at school Her savage commentary on the techniques needed to make and keep friends is penetrating capturing theneed for conformity so familiar among pre-pubescent girls But the real secret begins when she befriends Treasure a refugee from a troubled family in the poor part of town Treasures need for a friend turns to desperation when she realises that she is about to be taken from the home of her much-loved Nan and sent to live with her young mother and potentially violent stepfather She decides she must disappearInspired by Anne Frank India hides Treasure away in her attic where the two live out a brief but idyllic fantasy If such apparent family chaos sounds like the stuff of a social workers nightmares it doesnt read that way Treasures family is loving if fractured in sharp contrast to Indias But Wilson is not writing a polemic on class Her goal is to show that all children are affected by the capricious adults who take care of them Both India and Treasure are victims yet both are able to survive and to be happy
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