The Bed and Breakfast Star
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|The Bed and Breakfast Star|
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The Bed and Breakfast Star is a children's novel by British author Jacqueline Wilson.
The Bed and Breakfast Star is about a girl called Elsa and her family. When Elsa gets a new step-dad, her life seems to go from bad to worse. When her step-dad, “Mack the smack” loses his job, Elsa’s family find their selves so poor that they have to live in a dirty bed and breakfast, ironically named “Royal Hotel”. Elsa deals with the changes and difficulties in her life by telling jokes as she dreams of one day becoming a famous comedienne. She finally has her moment of celebrity when disaster strikes and Elsa saves the day. Book reviewed by Aylin Ayyıldız 7-E English school of Kyrenia
Elsa - A young girl who has experienced moving a lot when she was younger. She dreams of being a Comedienne when she is older, as she is always telling jokes, much to the annoyance of others. Elsa is good at looking after Pippa and adjusts to hotel life quickly. Her best friends are Naomi and Funny-face. Also she nicknames the hotel "The Oyal Htl" due to the missing lettering on the hotel front.
Pippa - Elsa's younger half-sister who is four, nearly five. Early on in the book she copies Elsa and follows her around.
Mack "the Smack" - Elsa's stepfather who is Scottish. Elsa calls him Mack the Smack because he frequently gets angry and hits her. After losing his job and being unable to find work, he and his family are forced to live at the Royal Hotel.
Mum - Elsa's unnamed mother who gets very depressed after moving to the Royal and worries a lot about her appearance.
Naomi - Elsa's first friend and loves reading scary vampire books under the guise of Little Women and said she had been living in the Royal for six months, with her mother and younger brothers
"Funny-face" - A boy who is part of "The Famous Five" he laughs at Elsa's jokes and lives with his Mum on the fourth floor. He was never named.
Hank "the Hunk"- Elsa's baby half-brother who is overweight hence his nickname.
The Manager - The careless manager of The Royal Hotel
The "Bunny" Recepetionist - She wears fluffy sweaters and flirts with The Manager
Mrs "Hoover" Macpherson - The cleaner who likes Elsa and Pippa because they help out
"Simple" Simon - A boy who tags along with the famous five. His mother is rude and he is five
"The Famous Five" - The gang which Elsa hangs out with and plays truant everyday
Ms Fisher - Teacher of the special class in the local primary school
Nicky, Neil and Nathan - Naomi's younger brothers
Naomi's mum - Naomi's mum who is a really nice cook
The Switchboard - Isn't very helpful and enjoys Jackie Collins and sweets