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Farrant, Natasha: Time for Jas (the Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby)

Magazine article School Librarian

Farrant, Natasha: Time for Jas (the Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby)

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Farrant, Natasha

Time for Jas (The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby)

Faber, 2016, pp288, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 571 32233 6

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Time for Jas is the fourth and last in a series that began with After Iris. Not having read the previous three titles came as no disadvantage, and the author manages to avoid the tedious trap of 'previously ...' by skilfully weaving pertinent earlier events into the narrative.

Despite the title, Bluebell is our guide through the trials and tribulations of a decidedly middle class family muddling their way through a new school year. She observes her siblings with varying degrees of dismay as they each approach the challenges thrown up by bullies and expectations (their parents', friends' and their own). Although the themes are familiar, Farrant cleverly manages to present the story as part video diary. This allows us to see what Bluebell sees without the interference of her own experience while still allowing her opinions and feelings to shine through. …

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