Step by Wicked Step: A Novel

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Random House Childrens Books, 1997 - Divorce - 138 pages
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On a wild and stormy night, five students are sent ahead on a school trip. Gathered together in a spooky mansion, they find a secret room and a mysterious old diary. Little do they know that they share a common bond: They are all members of stepfamilies. And each person reveals his story...step by step.

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I love this book. Being a trainee teacher which makes me both a student and a teacher-- i really feel close to this book. I personally would love to teach this book to my students. Learn the values in this book. See their perspectives on each character and the characters' experiences because in Malaysia, this book was taught (not anymore as the syllabus has been changed) to 17 year olds and at 17,, i believe one has gone or still going through a lot. Especially now that the statistics of broken families of the like is increasing. it's really important to point out that everyone has their own battle to fight and the importance of not judging a book by its cover. It would be an interesting process to uncover each of the characters' stories as the students discover more and more about themselves. Call me ambitious or whatever-- but i'll work my ass off to at least make one student see and learn something from this story. 


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Anne Fine was the second Children's Laureate in Britain between 2001 and 2003. She is a two time winner of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most coveted children's literature award, and has also won the Guardian Children's Literature Award, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize. She also won the Publishing News Children's Author of the Year Award in 1990 and again in 1993. In 2010 she won the inaugural Good Writing Award. Her books for older children include the award winning The Tulip Touch, Goggle-Eyes, which was adapted for television by the BBC and The Devil Walks. Twentieth Century Fox filmed her novel Madame Doubtfire as Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams. She also writes critically acclaimed adult novels as well. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and has over forty books to her credit.

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