Book Review- The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

What is it like for a child when you have two homes after your parents split up? Jacqueline Wilson has covered this in her book “The Suitcase Kid”

The Suitcase Kid is centred on Andy who lives one week with her Mum, her boyfriend and his three children and one week with her Dad, his partner and her twins.  This story looks at Andy’s life after her parents have separated and she is adjusting to her new life with two homes, step parents and step siblings while mourning the loss other family home and life before the divorce.

The book describes the feelings Andy (and other children in similar situations) is having and how this impacts her behaviour.  Whilst being honest, realistic and genuine the book also helps normalise the situation and give positive messages about embracing change and understanding that change happens and it doesn’t have to all be bad.

This book is a great read for10year olds and upwards and a brilliant way to have conversations with children about having two homes and how this might feel.

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