Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: London : Corgi Yearling, 2000.
Dolphin’s mum Marigold isn’t like anyone else. She tends to forget to buy groceries, and spends their money on things they don’t need while forgetting to pay the telephone bill, but Dolphin loves her anyway. And she has her older sister Star to look after her when her mother forgets. But when Marigold reuinites with Star’s father, who isn’t Dolphin’s, their lives being to unravel. When Marigold ends up in the hospital, Dolphin finds herself alone and has to discover what’s really important in a family.
This book very examines mental illness from the perspective of a child who doesn’t really understand it. It shows a young girl who is both protected by an older sister from the harsh realities of the disease, and one who is forced to cope with it head on when her sister leaves for a chance at something better. It is well written and engaging, especially for girls.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Reading level: 5th-6th Grade
Personal thoughts- an interesting and well written book about being different
Subjects/themes- Family, Mental Illness, Coping
Dolphin- dyslexic young girl who struggles with feeling alone
Star- Dolphin’s protective older sister
Marigold- Star and Dolphin’s manic depressive mother
Micky- Star’s father who reappears in her life to offer her a chance at a better one
Annotation: Sometimes being different is great, but sometimes it can just be miserable.