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Lily isn’t home alone – but if only she was! Mum’s gone off on holiday with her new boyfriend, and her stepdad has failed to show up as agreed. That leaves Lily in charge of the whole family – the six-year-old twins, her three-year-old sister and their flat. Poor Lily feels completely overwhelmed, but how can she tell anyone what’s happening? If school or social services find out, they might break up her family. But then Lily has a brainwave! She’ll take the little ones camping in the park! Plenty of space to run about, no carpet to vacuum, and surely no chance anyone will guess why they’re there… A vivid and touching tale of family loyalty, written in the classic Jacky vein.

Product Details






Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

December 8th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.6; Middle years; 9.0 points



UK edition


Jacqueline Wilson

24424 jacqueline wilson 1 206738


  1. Sarah
    on 29 February 2012

    Lily Alone ;)

    Great book gave me a tear in my eye,so emotional but a great story.

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What kids think

  1. Avatar robot 761806

    on 24 November 2019

    I love Jacqueline Wilson books! Lily Alone is my fave!

    5out of 5
  2. Goldie 113308

    on 29 July 2017

    Amazing love Jacqueline Wilson books📚📚📚📚📚😍😍👌🏻

  3. Dog 113532

    on 14 April 2017

    I love love this book. Just finished it and it it soo good. Class. Should get!

    5out of 5
  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 12 September 2016

    realy good and a real taster of some problems in life

    5out of 5
  5. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 21 February 2015


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    on 26 December 2014

    This book is a beautiful story of family love.I love how lily cares about her family putting the weight of such responsibility upon her shoulders.this is my favourite book and it is lovely how much lily cares for Baxter,Bliss, and tiny Pixie. I WISH I COULD READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  7. Avatar owl 761790

    on 16 November 2014

    this book is so cool and interesting well the begining is kinda boring

    4out of 5
  8. Avatar bear 761721

    on 17 October 2014

    Loved this book so much !!! I cried …

    5out of 5
  9. Default avatar

    on 17 October 2014

    This book is ok and its very exciting!

  10. Goldie 113308

    on 25 August 2014

    A bit boring actually, but painful to.

    2out of 5
  11. Evie 113313

    on 12 April 2014

    I loved it! Lilly is a bit like me and about my age also. I would recommend this book to a girl who is aged 9-14.I stayed up really late to finish this book and read it in two days.

    5out of 5
  12. Abigail 113288

    on 9 March 2014

    Lily is stunned when her Mum goes away on holiday with her new boyfriend leaving Lily to take care of 6 year old twins,her 3 year old sister and their flat. Lily can’t do this all on her own but if she tells someone from school they will take her and her siblings to social services and they will never get to see their mum again! Then Lily has an idea, that they could camp in the park and nobody will never know the real reason!....

    5out of 5
  13. Storm 113293

    on 9 March 2014

    This is a really great book i love it!

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    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  15. Default avatar

    on 7 March 2014


    5out of 5
  16. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This is about a girl called lily who’s mum goes off on holiday with her boyfriend and lily and her siblings are left alone.

  17. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    Great read. Amazing story!!!

  18. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 5 March 2014

    it was one of the best books i have ever read .

    5out of 5
  19. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    Lily is one of four children and she lives in a council flat. Her mum is twenty seven, young and pretty. So when she goes on holiday with her new boyfriend, its up to Lily to look after her three younger siblings. A difficult enough task,without nosy neighbors, prying teachers and the police… A gripping read, I couldn’t put it down

  20. Hayley 113303

    on 27 February 2014

    i absolutely love this book and i really enjoyed reading it. Lily reminds me of myself because i wish i was alone sometimes and it is great that this story is so detailed. I also love Jacqueline Wilson because in my opinion she is the best author ever and Nick Sharrat is the best writer.The book is so good that I have read it twice and i have enjoyed it so much i think i am going to read it again.

    5out of 5
  21. Pearl 113298

    on 14 February 2014

    I think it’s a well good book and everyone that’s 12 or under or over must read this a shout out to everyone you should read this

    5out of 5
  22. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 December 2013

    I think this is probably one of Jacqueline’s most amazing books ever, well it is one of my favourites. It is a heartwarming story about a very troubled family and when Lily’s pile of lies to her teacher and other people gets bigger and bigger. She finds her and her siblings living in a tree in a local park. If you like sadness, drama and love then this is definatly the book for you. I would rate it five stars and I hope you will too!!!

  23. Petula 113689

    on 15 October 2013

    Lily Alone was a great book my fav characters were Lily and Bliss and it was amazing but scary when Bliss got seriously hurt! Another great book Jacky! Thanks.

    5out of 5
  24. Pearl 113298

    on 18 September 2013

    I LOVED this book although I cried at the end because it was so good!!! I recommend it to everyone who loves sad yet exciting stories.

    5out of 5
  25. Avatar owl 761790

    on 1 June 2013

    An amazing book from Jacqueline Wilson as always One of the best books I have ever read and I am giving it a 5 star rating because of the detail Jacqueline has added to the story I love Pixie the youngest kid

    5out of 5
  26. Pearl 113298

    on 22 March 2013

    its soo cool! everyone i think you should read this!

    5out of 5
  27. Default avatar

    on 20 March 2013

    yer,yer great i want 2 read this

  28. Avatar owl 761790

    on 18 March 2013


    5out of 5
  29. Default avatar

    on 9 March 2013

    This book was very intresting and i didnt want to put it down, jaqueline wilson has inspired me to start my own book club VERY GOOD : }

  30. Pearl 113298

    on 7 March 2013

    really good book! i love jacqueline wilson a lot! she is one of my favourite authors. this book 5/5. i love how her books have real life issues in them.

  31. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  32. Bellasara 113282

    on 5 March 2013

    A gripping book by Jacky Wilson. I really like how Lily thinks it’s a great idea to take her family to the park for the weekend! :D

    5out of 5
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    on 5 March 2013


  34. Gruffalo 113679

    on 5 March 2013

    Surprisingly I didn’t like this book, I found it too sad and gave up half way through

    2out of 5
  35. Avatar cat 761729

    on 5 March 2013

    Lily’s mum isn’t very responsible and she goes off on holiday with a new man she meets, and even though Lily’s mum thinks Lily’s brother and sisters dad will take care of them, he doesn’t as Lily doesn’t like him so doesn’t phone him. Lily ends up taking her siblings camping in the park and looking after them. It’s a really good story and you can tell just how much Lily cares about her family and that she wants to keep them together.

    5out of 5
  36. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    Jacqueline Wilson books are a bit predictable but I really enjoyed them. The storyline of this is a bit different and something I preferred. I would recommend these books for 9-11 year olds.

  37. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    Lovely book.Jacky is a giant MASTER OF STORYTELLING.

  38. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2013

    A good read, it really grips the reader In, not wanting you to stop! :)

  39. Goldie 113308

    on 4 March 2013

    I could put this book down AMAZING

    5out of 5
  40. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    This book is funny, sad and heartwarming. I love it!!

  41. Hayley 113303

    on 4 March 2013

    Bliss is my favorite charcter she so sweet I really cried when she fell out of the tree although I really liked lily she’s so cute I don’t think I would’ve been able to cope like she did I would’veended up telling someone iliked this book much

  42. Stargirl 113407

    on 4 March 2013

    the coolest in the world

    5out of 5
  43. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2013

    This (amazing) novel is about an eleven year old girl called Lily. Her Mum seems to have depression, so Lily has to look after her younger siblings Bliss, Baxter and Pixie quite a lot. Lily feels very alone, but sometimes she prefers that.

    Lily Alone really moved me. It was so emotional and when Lily and her brother and sisters went through all the troubles and trauma, you could just tell that the words had been well thought of, and the whole story in general just fitted together really well. It definitely isn’t the most original novel Jacqueline has written, but it was definitely the best. And I know that whenever I review her books, I say ‘it’s the best’ but this time I’m telling the absolute truth; Jacqueline’s books just get better and better every time.

    My favourite character was Bliss, Lily’s sister. She was so sweet and cute, and she was very caring. My least favourite character was Mr Abbott, Lily’s teacher. Lily says she loves him, but to me he just seems like a horrible man who has nothing better to do than poke around in other peoples lives!

    I recommend this fabulous novel to readers aged 9-16, and give it 5/5. This really is an incredibly moving story that stays with the reader long after the final page is turned.

  44. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2013

    Spoiler alert! Lily’s Mum goes on holiday, leaving Lily to look after her three siblings. Before she goes away Lily wants to be home alone, but now she is with Bliss Baxter and Pixie, she isn’t so sure.

  45. Evie 113313

    on 5 January 2013

    I wish I could see more I am a MASSIVE fan of Jacqueline Wilson. Agree this is like Lily from Tracy Beaker Returns{the dumping ground}.

    4out of 5
  46. Storm 113293

    on 29 August 2012

    Bought this book, read it, and straight away recommended to those who would listen. Amazing book!

  47. Avatar bear 761721

    on 16 June 2012

    It was amazing!! It’s one of my favourite books!!

    5out of 5
  48. Avatar cat 761729

    on 4 May 2012

    Lily Alone is a brilliant book and I’d recommend it! Lily is my favourite character in the story.. so start reading this amazing book If I were you!!

    5out of 5
  49. Petula 113689

    on 7 March 2012

    I think this is Lily from Tracy Beaker Returns, Really Good!

  50. Petula 113689

    on 6 March 2012

    a really good book, but how does it end?

    5out of 5
  51. Evie 113313

    on 6 March 2012

    love this its really good

  52. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2012

    Lily Alone is a really good book and anybody should read it and they might enjoy it!

    5out of 5
  53. Petula 113689

    on 4 March 2012

    congrats to jackie for making another great book!

  54. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2012

    Nearly say this about every book! But this is deadly book everyone read it!

  55. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 March 2012

    The story was great and there is nothing like it but I really honestly hoped for a better end

    3out of 5
  56. Clarice thumb 136

    on 2 March 2012

    I thoughts Lilly Alone, was another brill book from Jacqueline Wilson, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. One of my favourite parts was when they were having the picnic in the park. Loved it! xo

  57. Stargirl 113407

    on 1 March 2012

    Another great JW book – Lily’s mum goes off on a holiday with her boyfriend, leaving her to care after her 3 sibling, Bliss, Baxter and Pixie. They try to hide from the authorities, but when Bliss gets badly hurt, what can they do? Read this book to find out!

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    on 1 March 2012

    This book is soo good. I love LiLy and feel really sorry for her.

    5out of 5
  59. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 1 March 2012

    reading the blurb i already love tis book awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwxxxx

  60. Avatar owl 761790

    on 1 March 2012

    Lily Alone … well it’s superb. my friend actually was exactly like Lily looking after her brothers and sisters so she could relate greatly to Lily. I highly recommend this book it’s a must have.

  61. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 1 March 2012

    Lily Alone is an excellent book by bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson. Its about Lily who gets left at home with her two sisters and brother, left to look after them. But is staying at home, on her own harder then it looks?

  62. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    this enchanting book had to be my favorite of j wilson so far. i love it it is a great book

  63. Stargirl 113407

    on 1 March 2012

    OMG this is soo like one of the best of jacqueline wilsons books EVA! love it soo

    5out of 5
  64. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    Lily Aline is about Lily and how she looks after her brothers and sisters and acts like their mum. Lily’s mum has found a boyfriend or as we would say felle. She has decided to go to Spain with him and she accidently left the kids at home alone and now it’s Lily’s responsibility to look after hher and her family as one.

  65. Bellasara 113282

    on 1 March 2012

    Lily Alone is amazing. It is a truly unique book, I have never read a book with such a plot line or such a unique main character. My only negative comment is the start. I am not sure what I disliked, I just wasn’t hooked. Only when I read on did I truly start enjoying this amazing read.

  66. Evie 113313

    on 1 March 2012

    a girl called lilly gets left on her own with 3 kids but will she cope? a fun and entertaning book and adventrous

    5out of 5
  67. Hayley 113303

    on 1 March 2012

    Lily Alone is about a young girl named Lily who is forced to care for her younger brother and sisters all by herself! Desperate to keep her family together, she’ll do anything…

  68. Avatar owl 761790

    on 26 February 2012

    I loved this book its so engaging i totally recommend it :)

    5out of 5
  69. Evie 113313

    on 25 February 2012

    i love this book it’s amazing!!!

    5out of 5
  70. Avatar cat 761729

    on 24 February 2012

    it had a very good story line to it! Jacquline wilson is the best author in the WORLD i would recomend this book to everyone especially 9-11 year olds!

  71. Avatar owl 761790

    on 11 February 2012

    I like this book because it makes me laugh.

    It’s about a girl who’s Mum leaves her alone when she goes off on holiday. Lily then runs away and camps in the park with her brother and two sisters.

    5out of 5
  72. Hayley 113303

    on 7 February 2012

    That story was great!!!!!!!!!! It was a bit scary to HA HA.

  73. Clarice thumb 136

    on 31 January 2012

    this book is literally the best book i have ever read! jacky is very very good at writing books because i really hated books when i was young now i love reading thanks jacquiline!

    5out of 5
  74. Default avatar

    on 11 January 2012

    it is an amazing book at first her mum gets a boyfriend she goes to spain with him and leaves her 4 kids alone lily her oldest who is 11 who takes care of them all, twins called bliss and baxter their 6, and the youngest pixie who is 4 one day lily took all of them to the park to stay till their mum gets back …

    5out of 5