As with all of Jacqueline's books, the writing is superb and throughout the story, there are Nick Sharratt's fantastic illustrations which accompany the story perfectly.
The main character is Marty (Martina) who is a tomboy and her sister, Melissa, who is a real girly girl. Due to their mother being given the oppurtunity to set up her own dressmaking business, Marty has to give up her room, Marty's Den, and move in with her sister.
Sibling rivalry is the main theme of the book and while reading it, it was evident that Marty and Melissa were vying for attention and because Marty was not a typical girly girl, she struggled with friendships and also her relationship with her parents, especially her mum.
I love all of Marty's cuddly toys - her own creations, especially her porcupine, which was a teddy bear with a hairbrush stuck to its back. Marty seems to be very creative and her ideas are throughout the book. Marty
There is also extra material at the back of the book - reading notes which would be great for children's reading groups or classroom discussions, some of Jacqueline Wilson's favorite children's books which include sisters (there are some fantastic classics included), extracts of two of Wilson's earlier books which include sisters: Double Act and My Sister Jodie, and finally a quiz about her earlier books.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run Forum and the publishers, Doubleday, for sending me the book to review.