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“When my parents split up they didn’t know what to do with me. My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me – and Radish, my lovable toy rabbit. But now, Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase.”

Ever since her parents split up, Andy’s been a “suitcase kid”. One week at Mum’s, one week with Dad’s new family. No one seems to realise it, but Andy feels completely lost. When will she find a home where she belongs? Exploring family breakup from a child’s point of view, this is an honest, sad and funny story of divorce – and getting through it.

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4053 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25 and 2605 in Education Catalogue 2023–24





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AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  1. sunsas10
    on 11 May 2017

    The best though it is sad but in the end it’s such a happy ending

    5 out of 5
  2. Anaelsuissa
    on 31 March 2016

    Very good read, it will help children whose parents have split up get through those kind of tough times, and even though my parents did not split up at all, it still helped me understand that I need to enjoy every moment and learn to love the life I am living. Andy also had to learn these things, and got a very special gift for coping so well with her problems: a half sister called Zoë. This book also has another very important lessons about friendships and how they don’t always and can’t always last forever, it shows that Andy’s old best friend couldn’t be her best friend forever and always. I like Paula and Graham, and the humour is fabulous! READ IT!!!

    4 out of 5
  3. funreader6776
    on 11 March 2016

    This book is so good .

    4 out of 5
  4. Ravenclawcat
    on 31 December 2015

    This book was AMAZING ☆★☆★☆ Andrea’s toy rabbit Raddish, actually belongs to Jacqueline Wilson’s daughter, Emma. I would definitely recommend it for you.

    5 out of 5
  5. evelizabeth
    on 30 December 2015

    Guest book ever!

    5 out of 5
  6. hettyfeather21
    on 11 October 2015

    this book is sad because she has to choose between her parents

    5 out of 5
  7. dancer15
    on 15 May 2015

    I love the part in the book when it said ‘I never really caught a glimpse but I bet he’s got a bright red bum like a baboon’s too.’ LOL everyone!(It’s quite funny, isn’t it?)

    5 out of 5
  8. Kitkat345
    on 20 April 2015

    This is so good. Jacqueline Wilson is very talented and I would like to find out what happens with Andy next. It’s sad her parents spilt up though.

  9. owl6
    on 10 April 2015

    This book is boring witch was a let down .I am a book worm but this book is not for me I was on page 14 and put the book down I was bored . There was no setting .

    2 out of 5
  10. mrunu
    on 28 February 2015

    This was one of my school books

  11. glowingowl
    on 2 January 2015

    IT WAS AMAZING/OK. I liked it.

  12. bookprincess55
    on 7 December 2014

    It is very touching

  13. vampiregirl44
    on 16 July 2014

    This book is one of Jacqueline Wilson’s greatest books, I read this book in yr 5 lots of times and it was great! A emotional, exciting and funny book. Go on an exciting journey with Andrea and her sylvanian rabbit. When her parents are divorced she has no where to stay, but all Andrea really wants

    is to be back in Mullberry Cottage, happily with her mum, dad and sylvanian rabbit!

    4 out of 5
  14. alibaba4
    on 29 March 2014

    great book

  15. katiebookworm
    on 13 March 2014

    brilliant! very funny as well!

  16. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    This made me cry, though I love the way the chapters are set out. You have to read this book.

    4 out of 5
  17. Potterfan7
    on 9 March 2014

    great story

  18. Book-Lover1234
    on 9 March 2014

    I don’t really know why but I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I tried at least five times to read this and still I never could get to the end. I didn’t find this very good but that’s just my opinion of it.

    2 out of 5
  19. Rumaitha12
    on 9 March 2014

    This is a cool book and the title is eye catching and makes you want to read it more. I liled it

  20. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    Read this in school it was really good

  21. bee100xxx
    on 8 March 2014

    Andy feels completely lost since her mum and dad split up, it’s one week with mum and then one week with dad, she doesn’t understand! When will she find a proper home!....

    3 out of 5
  22. Readingwizard55
    on 8 March 2014

    My teacher read us this book is golden time it is a really heart clenching story. Jacqueline wilson is a genius!

  23. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  24. sparklesheep02
    on 7 March 2014

    I find parents splitting up so emotional! This book was amazing! Read it!

    4 out of 5
  25. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    Andy really hasnt got used to her parents divorce and she cant seem to handle it. But in the end she accepts it and learns to be happy with it.

  26. Aslan16
    on 6 March 2014

    Full of loads of ups and downs!⤴️⤵️

    5 out of 5
  27. roseyclo
    on 6 March 2014

    this is about a girl who’s parents split up. and she feels squashed in between the two.

  28. lebbyland27
    on 6 March 2014

    this book is quite sad, but you gotta deal with it because it is what could happen in real life

    5 out of 5
  29. i1905
    on 5 March 2014

    liked it a bit sad at the start

  30. katieyounger12
    on 5 March 2014

    The suitcase kid is an amazing book! i would give it 5 stars. this book should be read from children age 8-13. It is about a girl and her mum and dad have split up. she doesn’t know where to go. she is just basically living out of the suitcase.

    5 out of 5
  31. zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    Good book.

  32. Lauren7777
    on 5 March 2014

    I started to read it when I was younger but couldn’t get into it. I read it when I was older and got into it easier and was a good book after all

    4 out of 5
  33. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    My favourate author Good book

    4 out of 5
  34. Celine1
    on 4 March 2014

    I like this book it’s so good and lovely and so is Jacqueline wilson

  35. Jwbooksrule
    on 4 March 2014

    I can’t believe that Andy ran away to get her toy radish

  36. Banditze
    on 4 March 2014

    Amazing! Very interesting and emotional in lots of diferent ways!

  37. Doodle10
    on 4 March 2014

    I love this book. Jacqueline Wilson is my ALL time fav author. Its a about a girl called Andy and about her travelling to one parent to another after they split up….

    Andy HATES her new stepfather who is nicknamed ‘hairy baboon’ in the story (his real name is Bill), she don’t like her step sister katie ethier

    She also don’t like Carrie her new Step mother who is pregnant and has two other kids ‘Crystal’ and ‘Zen’

    REALLY reccomend the book age range i suggest 8-99!

    5 out of 5
  38. Mohsen1010
    on 4 March 2014

    I read this book at a very young age and fell in love with it. I love the way it is from the perspective from 10 year old Andrea, who likes to be called Andy, and talks of divorce and being part of a broken family. Jacqueline WIlson shares Andy’s inner most thoughts and fears and presents them to her young audience in a language they can relate to. Absolutely love this book!

    5 out of 5
  39. caitlin1205
    on 14 February 2014

    this book was about a girl called anrea andy for short. she has got seperated from her mom and dad cause they broke up but the main part was she wanted to live back at mulberry cottage with radish, her toy sylvanian.

    5 out of 5
  40. tomgates27
    on 27 January 2014

    this is a great book lots of diffrent things make up a great story and this is what has happened here

    5 out of 5
  41. Anishabisha
    on 17 January 2014

    Poor Andy has too carry her suitcase around every friday.Andy one week lives with her Mum,With Girlish,Mean Katie.And one week with her Dad! With Carrie and her child,Zain,And her other one Crystel! But Andy thinks crystel is not that bad,but she somtimes wets herself in the bed! By Anishabisha

    5 out of 5
  42. destiny7737
    on 2 January 2014

    Its as Easy as ABC.

    5 out of 5
  43. sweet4432
    on 2 January 2014

    I did not like this book

    3 out of 5
  44. prettymixxx
    on 13 November 2013

    its nice and realistic like it actually would happen to people i like it it kinda got me hooked in so its good!

    3 out of 5
  45. rosalina5858
    on 2 October 2013

    It was ok, not great

    3 out of 5
  46. shylah
    on 29 September 2013

    This book shows you that devourse cant be easy and cant break you up with the real family you belong to

    written by shylah hepke

    5 out of 5
  47. Pippa277
    on 13 September 2013

    Good book

    4 out of 5
  48. luvhorsesforever
    on 20 June 2013

    its ok I mean like I did enjoy it but not as good as other books I read

    3 out of 5
  49. Chocolatelover10
    on 16 June 2013

    It’s really addctive this book i have read it three times in two days because it’s so good. This is a brilliant book for ages 8 and over.

    4 out of 5
  50. magicme1234567890
    on 13 June 2013

    I really liked this book it was very sad.I loved the way Jacqueline Wilson made the chapters into the alphabet.

    4 out of 5
  51. Cleveland24
    on 7 June 2013

    my favourite book of all time. i love it!

  52. hajbaj
    on 5 June 2013

    it is brilliant i woud rate it 5 stars

    5 out of 5
  53. onedirection514
    on 9 April 2013

    really good . love it

    5 out of 5
  54. abby840
    on 22 March 2013

    i like this book! i have always loved jaqeline wilsons books. i give it a 10 of of ten! you lot should read it:)

    5 out of 5
  55. thunderball72
    on 8 March 2013

    Awesome read!

    5 out of 5
  56. queenie13
    on 8 March 2013

    ive just started reading this book but love it already.

    5 out of 5
  57. lillycutety874
    on 8 March 2013

    I adore this book and I love all the books but the best is this one

  58. Romaisa
    on 7 March 2013

    This bookis the funniest book I’ve ever read its exciting but sad at some parts but altogether it’s about a girl named andy whose parents have had a divorce.they all used to live at mulberry cottage.she wants everything to go back to how it was.

  59. KarlMagic33
    on 7 March 2013

    Really Good!

  60. ellie-melay27
    on 7 March 2013

    really good book! i love jacqueline wilson a lot! she is one of my favourite authors. this book 5/5

  61. supercoolcharm
    on 7 March 2013

    I love Jacqueline Wilson’s books and this one is just as good as the rest! put this at the top of your book list!!

    5 out of 5
  62. xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 7 March 2013

    This is another great book by jacqeuline wilson,I enjoyed reading it and would recommened it to anyone.5/5<3

    5 out of 5
  63. catrine
    on 7 March 2013

    I like this book because I like reading about families where the mum and dad don’t live together as I live with just my mum. It’s a really good story and it was interesting to see what would happen in the end.

    5 out of 5
  64. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  65. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 6 March 2013

    I love Jacqueline Wilson’s books and this one is just as good as the rest!

    5 out of 5
  66. Magicme11
    on 6 March 2013

    Andy looks kind of like a boy.She is still a good character.

    4 out of 5
  67. lap312i
    on 6 March 2013

    the blurb is really interesting

  68. natashakrywald
    on 6 March 2013

    this is a very good and engaging book!

  69. powerpush22
    on 5 March 2013

    This is a really interesting book and I would read it over and over again!

  70. samcharlie123
    on 5 March 2013

    Another great book by Jacky Wilson.

    A fab read.

    5 out of 5
  71. Paradise56
    on 5 March 2013

    this book was a little sad because the girl had to go different houses each week the at the end she gets happy … find out how by reading the book a very good book i loved it

  72. Too-Amazayn
    on 5 March 2013

    JW is brilliant at writing books for little girls, (although her older stuff is better than the new stuff), I enjoyed the suitcase kid, sad but good

    3 out of 5
  73. Bookworm-mania101
    on 5 March 2013

    I think the suitcase kid is an amazing book as it strongly states how much andrea wishes she could go back In time to erase the moment when her parents split.As she had flash backs of mulberry cottage I wondered how she felt about her parents not listening when they argued and I especially like how she’s got a very annoying half sister who she despises.i would recommend this greatly loved book to people who’s parents have split up and they feel alone or to people who enjoy reading books of family problems almost impossible to solve though in the end someone does!!

    5 out of 5
  74. Sherlock25
    on 4 March 2013

    A story which children can really relate too, it can also help then if the have similar problems.

  75. sunnyrainbow123
    on 4 March 2013


  76. stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    brilliant and enjoyable book

    5 out of 5
  77. bouncybunny
    on 4 March 2013

    This book was not for me I didn’t enjoy it much but I must admit the way that the author can put any real life situation in to a story

  78. CookieM
    on 4 March 2013

    A good book about divorce from a child’s view. The girl is called Andy and the book is full of funny bits that make you laugh out loud

    4 out of 5
  79. b5cwjx24
    on 27 February 2013

    I liked because it was so sad because she kept going bakewed and forwed to his mum and dads house . If I was here I would be so anoyed. The bit I liked was her little bunny teddy and they stayded in an beauterfull garden. But then she meets a eldery couple and they were realy nice. Then she found out that her Dads girlfriend was prenantin the end

    4 out of 5
  80. Pinky2002
    on 27 January 2013

    The font of this book inside makes it look boring

  81. mishly123
    on 2 January 2013

    it’s really good even though her parents didn’t get back together but a little bit sad about katie and andrea fighting in some pages.

  82. cd123
    on 20 December 2012


  83. melone08
    on 6 November 2012

    I love this book and i just couldn’t put it down!

  84. Elsiebells
    on 2 November 2012

    It’s not really my kind of story really

  85. book-lover-chick
    on 13 October 2012

    A book about a young girl whoes mum and dad have split up and then she hates her step sister katie ( who she has to share a bedroom with) and has a toy rabbit who is like a real person to her. she is always sad and gloomy until she finds a garden that she likes to play in with her rabbit Radish. But when she finds out who lives in the house she is even happier

  86. MineMouse
    on 24 September 2012

    This Book is Wonderful! I Loved It! Hope there’s A The Suitcase Kid 2!

  87. lovehamsters103
    on 22 September 2012

    arsome and i have red this book at school! when i was in year 4 but now i am year five! LOL!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  88. daws5656
    on 21 September 2012

    Its ok and its really cute when Zoe is born!

    4 out of 5
  89. MinieMouse8912
    on 12 September 2012

    I LOVED this book! If your thinking to buy it well, You Should! It A very Nice Book. I have read this book and am a Jacqueline Wilson fan!

  90. siham10
    on 12 September 2012

    this book is about a suitcase kid that one week at her dads and one week at her mums!

  91. madistar23
    on 29 August 2012

    Fantastic book!

  92. secret7
    on 22 April 2012

    I really enjoyed this book! It was very exciting!

  93. kavi2001
    on 11 March 2012

    It was really good. I could really connect with it.

    5 out of 5
  94. bluebasher123
    on 9 March 2012

    this book was kinda intresting but didnt really have much of a story line

  95. aeroaeromonkey
    on 6 March 2012


    5 out of 5
  96. nikki657
    on 6 March 2012

    a good book not my favourite

  97. la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    The suitcase kid was a book that I could really relate to, and that made me really appreciate the characters and the plot lines and the sensitivity of the story. Thats why I loved this book, because it really felt like it was being written by a child. You could approach all the insecurities like you can with a real child, and I think all children should read it.

  98. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    amazing book

  99. Jojinka
    on 2 March 2012

    I could really relate to this book as i move around a lot aswell so i really enjoyed this book and i loved the ending!

    4 out of 5
  100. indigobeam
    on 2 March 2012

    The suitcase Kid really moved me. It is so simple, yet has a complex plot and a story that immediately made me connect with the characters.

  101. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    When Andy’s mum and dad split up, she is left with a horrible stepsister and lives in two horrid houses. Her toy rabbit Radish accompanies her everywhere, and when they start sneaking back to Mulberry Cottage, who knows what could happen?

  102. eve624860
    on 1 March 2012

    it is all right BUT HEART BREAKING

  103. AmyXx
    on 1 March 2012

    I know i nearly say this to every book i do a review on but anyway WOW! this book i just loved. It was kinda funny because in my school book it was one chapter and i was already in the middle of reading.It was just GREAT!

  104. angelslater
    on 1 March 2012

    a life with mum or a life with dad? i cant decide. i want to go home to our cottage when my mum and dad were together, but no i spend one week with dad one week with mum thats why i am a suitcase kid

  105. iluvbooks13
    on 1 March 2012

    great book so funny!!

  106. salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    andys parents split up and andy has two famlies and she feels like she is split in half, will her parents ever get on? a very lively book

    5 out of 5
  107. lids
    on 24 February 2012

    i loved this book i read it to my my brother and he loved it too i hated katie i cant believe she was so mean to andy i found it sad when she lost raddish great book i would reccomend it to 8-10 year olds.

    4 out of 5
  108. flossy1998
    on 22 February 2012

    This book is really good it is about choice. And the right choice is sometimes round the corner.

  109. emily6
    on 17 November 2011

    i think that this book was excellent! It had emotion, fear, sadness, humour, i felt i was literally drowning in a sea of emotion!

  110. pawprint2
    on 13 November 2011

    This is a great read

    5 out of 5
  111. bluebell443
    on 8 November 2011

    it was awesome!!!!!!!!!

  112. lotus-flower
    on 17 September 2011

    this was the first jacqueline wilson book i read and it was really good

    4 out of 5
  113. amy07011
    on 14 September 2011

    A good book. I saw that this really related to me!! I really understood it. RECCOMMENDED

    5 out of 5
  114. ikrah98
    on 12 September 2011

    This book is about a girl who’s parents have been divorced so she can only live with one she is really upset.I liked this book.

  115. Molly13579
    on 15 August 2011

    Hi, This book was okay. It got to parts when i got a bit bored of it. From Kim

    3 out of 5
  116. xSairax
    on 13 August 2011

    This is a good book, which took me an hour to read. It made me think, and I loe her toy bunny!

    4 out of 5
  117. ribena
    on 3 March 2011

    This is a story about a girl whose parents have split up and she has to keep going backwards and forwards to their houses. The parents were always arguing. She has a little teddy rabbit whose called Raddish, she always talks to him. It’s really sad when she leaves Raddish in the garden and goes back for him and he’s not there. When she finds Raddish she never goes anywhere without him. Excellent book.

    5 out of 5
  118. heart29
    on 26 November 2010

    A great book about parental break-ups. Was very interesting

    5 out of 5
  119. gothicalMagic
    on 27 August 2010

    i was reading this in my old school every wednesday when the year 6’s go swimming i think we got up to c is cottage (i think chapter 3) but it was good :)

    4 out of 5
  120. ciarru
    on 20 July 2010

    I feel sorry for andy because all she wants is her parnets to get back together. Her dads girlfiend is having a baby and she thinks its bad new,at her mums she has to share a room with her horrible stepsister. I’m glad I don’t have her life.

    5 out of 5
  121. Princessforever58
    on 12 May 2010

    The SuitCase Kid was brilliant, and it was very touching. The story brings reality to it. The storyline is simple but changes your mood. I couldn’t put this book down! Another fantastic novel from Jacqueline Wilson

    5 out of 5
  122. ilovebookz-97
    on 30 April 2010

    wllll… i very faintly remember it because i read it in yr6 welll my teacher read it to the whole classs but alll i can remember is IT WAS ANOTHE AMZING BOKK BY JACQELINE WILSON! ♥ IT I WILL RECOMEND IT

    5 out of 5
  123. mrsmerrygold
    on 24 February 2010

    this book if absoulutly faboulase . i love the main character andy.i think she has a nice personality and a great imagination.i love her little salvainian rabbit radish.i would strongly advise children to read it,it is such great fun.

    5 out of 5
  124. Loftieloo
    on 10 February 2010

    i think its good and it relates to some kids’ lives. well i found it lovely but i am only half way through it. i hate the sound of her step sister though she sounds horrible!

    5 out of 5
  125. Holsky
    on 12 October 2009

    A great example of some childrens lives and another great story by Jaqueline Wilson.

    5 out of 5
  126. angelgirl2121
    on 3 October 2009

    Its a fantastic book! It was sad when Andy missed her house, she went to visit Mulberry Cottage and then lost Raddish, her Sylvanian rabbit. But the ending was happy.

  127. hearts87
    on 26 June 2009

    The suitcase kid is by a great author and i love the book

    5 out of 5
  128. loopyloo27
    on 7 June 2009

    Each class i went in at school we had to read and the book was amazing some people were crying because there parents have spilt up, and thought that it might happen to them. :( look at the sad face!

    4 out of 5
  129. me13
    on 15 January 2009

    it was kinda a sad story… but i liked raddish, andy’s rabbit, and i loved the happy ending when zoe was born!!!

    5 out of 5
  130. rockangel
    on 11 December 2008

    I thought it was really long and really good because for all the chapters it had a different letter of the alphabet!!

    5 out of 5
  131. katso10
    on 14 May 2008

    Andy used to live with her parents in Mulberry cottage,that had real mulberry trees. But then her parents split up and she’s been a suitcase kid ever since. So she runs away,will they ever find her?...

    5 out of 5