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Fruitloops and Dipsticks

Author: Ulf Stark

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Quote: Wise, rich and funny, this is a perfect and hilarious novel of growing up.
Synopsis: Simone is twelve. When her new teacher mistakes her for a boy called Simon, the trouble really begins - and it doesn’t stop!

All sorts of things start to go wrong, like lost dogs and ducks in the classroom and stolen handbags... Simone is constantly getting into trouble, even though she doesn’t mean to (most of the time).

Fruitloops and Dipsticks is a laugh-out-loud coming-of-age novel about a tough (but sensitive) girl (who’s pretending to be a boy) who comes to accept her family’s - and her own - eccentricities, and learns a lot about life and love along the way.
Story Time Books for Kids, September 2010
Gecko Press has previously published Ulf Stark’s Can you Whistle,...
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Canvas, NZ Herald, October 2010
There are two types of person, Simone's grandfather tells her: th...
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'Best books for kids 2010', Dominion Post, December 2010
This witty novel confirms what girls have always known: boys are ...
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Taranaki Daily News, November 2010
The world can be divided into people who are boring dipsticks or ...
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The Source, November 2010
Simone, the narrator of this amusing novel, is thoroughly dissati...
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Silver FIsh Food blog, November 2010
things start going wrong for 12 year old simone when her mother d...
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The Book Bag UK, November 2010
Simone is not happy. Her mother, a flaky artist with a peculiar s...
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Feilding Herald, August 2010
Reviewed by Alexandra Dean, 11 years old

"Simone, 12, leads...

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Tomorrow's Schools Today, October 2010
Simone is twelve and things start to go wrong right from her birt...
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Time Out Bookstore
Delightfully quirky. I loved Simone – she is gutsy and real. Ful...
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Penelope Todd
Raw, funny and tender. Highly recommendable.
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Around the Bookshops, November 2010
This is a wonderfully rich and funny story of growing up seen thr...
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The Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie, October 2010
Simone, 12, is moving with her mother into Ingvar's house. Along ...
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School Librarian Journal (UK), Spring 2011
Simone is far from happy when her eccentric mother decides that i...
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Gleebooks Gleaner, January 2011
Thanks to Julia Marshall's commitment to 'Curiously Good Books fr...
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Mostly Reading YA, April 2011
Fruitloops & Dipsticks is a hilarious story about a young girl gr...
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Fruitloops & Dipsticks is a delightfully raw tale about a young g...
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Reading Time, November 2010
A quirky tale to be enjoyed.
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Parents in Touch UK, December 2010
'Am I a fruitloop?', asks Simone. When her Grandfather tells her ...
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The School Library (NZ Book Council), December 2010
A breathtaking read full of humour, warmth, generosity and comple...
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Translator Julia Marshall
 Country of origin Sweden
 Age 11+
 Size 152pp, 198mm x 129mm
 ISBN 978-1-877467-58-5 Paperback
with flaps
 Published by Gecko Press in September 2010