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Clean Break

(2005)
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At just over 300 pages, Jacqueline Wilson's new novel Clean Break may be her longest yet, but her ever-increasing legions of fans will never complain. The more words from their favourite author they can get crammed into one book, the better. The country's most-borrowed author is again on familiar ground, with a cast of colourful and needy characters that could live just around the corner. Her ability to reflect modern life, and how ordinary people live it and struggle with it, is unparalleled in contemporary children's fiction.

Clean Break is told from the point of view of Em, or Emerald as she likes to be known, and is about what happens to her mum, gran, and two half-siblings, Maxie and Vita, when the man of the house leaves them for another woman. Her mum's second husband, Frankie, is not her real dad, but he has been Em's dad ever since she can remember and she does not want to let him abandon them all. It's an understandably traumatic departure.

Frankie leaves on Boxing Day morning and Em's mum, Julie, is devastated. They all cling on to the hope that he will soon return to them, but it quickly transpires that he's not coming back and that they're all just going to have to deal with their new circumstances in whatever way they can. Gran just goes on criticising her daughter, which doesn't help, but Em, Maxie and Vita find solace and comfort in their friends and heroes, real and imaginary.

Despite the story's sad themes, Wilson always leaves the reader and her characters with the shoots of new, better beginnings and hope for the future. Like any book, its worth is in the quality of its storytelling, and fortunately this particular author is great at doing just that.

(Age 9 and over) --John McLay

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Used availability for Jacqueline Wilson's Clean Break

Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 0-385-60835-7 / 978-0-385-60835-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday UK
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Paperback Editions

October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 0-440-86850-5 / 978-0-440-86850-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline, Wilson
ISBN: 0-440-86892-0 / 978-0-440-86892-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Corgi Yearling
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March 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 0-440-86643-X / 978-0-440-86643-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 1-4056-6052-X / 978-1-4056-6052-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Galaxy
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 1-4862-4767-9 / 978-1-4862-4767-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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May 2015 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 1-4862-4971-X / 978-1-4862-4971-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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May 2015 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 1-4862-4869-1 / 978-1-4862-4869-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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January 2015 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 1-4862-3552-2 / 978-1-4862-3552-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon   


May 2006 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 0-563-50486-2 / 978-0-563-50486-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


2004 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 0-563-50491-9 / 978-0-563-50491-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2001 : UK Audio CD

Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN: 0-563-51015-3 / 978-0-563-51015-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Clean Break
Author(s): Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: RHCP Digital
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU