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Product description

Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy is a touching, utterly brilliant novel for girls aged 9+

‘I feel like I’m losing my best mate . . .’

Hannah and Joey have been best friends forever – just the two of them. But when Joey’s new foster brother, Paul, turns up, everything changes. First Joey falls for Hannah’s brother, Kit. Then Paul complicates things – with some kittens, a chocolate bar and a stripy pink bicycle.

Hannah’s world is turning upside down. Can you rescue a friendship when it’s drowning? Can you save a friend in trouble – if they don’t want to be saved?

Can Hannah stop her friends from drifting apart?

‘Touching, tender and unforgettable’ – Guardian ‘Cassidy’s characters have real heart’ – Sunday Telegraph ‘Cathy Cassidy . . . is way better than Jacqueline Wilson’ – Courtney, aged 10

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Date published

June 2nd, 2011

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.4; Upper years; 5.0 points



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  1. juliejules2014
    on 9 April 2014

    i love this book its so inspiring i just loved it

    5out of 5
  2. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    love it

    5out of 5
  3. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    Amazing I absolutely loved it,at first I wasn’t sure if I liked it but after about Page 20 I regretted not reading it before. This book was great but sad,we’ll not sad just… emotional when Kit turns on Paul I feel as if I could punch Kit, I thought that he had just lost a really cool, unique ,funny, caring soon to be friend!

    5out of 5
  4. lap312i
    on 9 March 2013

    this book is good

  5. Too-Amazayn
    on 9 March 2013

    It’s really sad at times but on the whole I enjoyed it

  6. natashakrywald
    on 8 March 2013

    good book

    5out of 5
  7. ellie-melay27
    on 4 March 2013

    i love this book because there is a certain truth about it. i recommend it and i hope you like it too. it is quite sad at times but has a happy ending. i finished it in a day

  8. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    This is such a sad anromantic book I love it.

    5out of 5
  9. mutemath4ever
    on 1 March 2012

    This is a good book about first love, friendship and bullying. I really enjoyed reading it. It is about Hannah and how she copes when her brother starts dating her best friend. Suddenly she finds herself alone at lunch and she has no one to talk to. She ends up friends with Paul a foster kid who is currently living with Joey Hannah’s best friend’s family. Great read for ages 12+