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GingerSnaps by Cathy Cassidy is a favourite for girls aged 9+

Gone are the days when Ginger was an outsider, always on the fringes of friendship. She’s swapped puppy fat and pigtails for make-up and hair straighteners and never looked back – until now. Ginger and Shannon are best mates, but when they befriend lonely Emily, everything changes. Even the saxophone-playing boy in the trilby hat can’t help – he’s part of the problem . . . Are Ginger and Shannon drifting apart or can they stay best friends for ever?

‘Touching, tender and unforgettable’ – Guardian ‘Cassidy’s characters have real heart’ – Sunday Telegraph ‘Cathy Cassidy . . . is way better than Jacqueline Wilson’ – Courtney, aged 10

Includes delicious recipes, character quizzes and more!

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Date published

June 2nd, 2011

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.3; Middle years; 7.0 points




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  1. JapaneseStar
    on 2 May 2015

    I love it the tension between Ginger and Shannon is unreal, and Sam sooooo cute! I don’t like Shannon very much but Emily sounds really nice! Definitly recommend it’s a brill book, thanks Cathy!

    4out of 5
  2. moonbeam22
    on 31 December 2014

    If you liked the Jacqueline Wilson ‘girls in love’ series then this is the author for you. This book follows the life of a teenaged bulling victim as she learns the unspoken rules of high school and is forced to chose between love and popularity. Although well written and realistic I found this book to soppy for my taste.

    4out of 5
  3. natashakrywald
    on 8 March 2013

    good book

  4. stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    i love this book and have read it about 4 times

    5out of 5
  5. kkitt-kkatt
    on 13 April 2012

    i really identified with ginger. cathy is such a good author

  6. AmyXx
    on 7 March 2012

    I really enjoyed and loved this book. Even though i read it awhile ago i can still remember it.

  7. kicky105
    on 6 March 2012

    This book is great – Ginger ends up practically having to choose between her best mate and a boy – how will it end up – read it and see – it’s worth it!

    5out of 5
  8. la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    Ginger snaps was so exciting to read, because it combined both romance and a story of acceptance. I read it a long while ago now, but the characters will forever be inprinted in my memory, because it was such a unique tale. And I just loved the idea of blue lemonade, YUMMY! :D

  9. mutemath4ever
    on 3 March 2012

    This is a sad story about bullying and friendship. It is a good story and well written. I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend for ages 11+

  10. ToxicTiger
    on 1 March 2012

    Ginger has always been a loner, but when she makes friends with Shannon, things change. Now a boy is threatening their friendship. A FAB book!

    4out of 5
  11. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    Amazing. I love the blue lemonade.

    5out of 5
  12. smileitsfriday
    on 1 March 2012

    This is my favourite Cathy Cassidy book. Ginger Brown. Yeah, that’s her name. She also has hair the colour of carrots. In Year 7, she meets Shannon, and she doesn’t care about the hair!They become best friends and know eachother inside-out (sort of) but Ginger left out a tiny detail, she was bullied and no one used to like her :( * * * * *

  13. indigobeam
    on 1 March 2012

    Gingersnaps was perfect in every way. It has a message behind it, a good plot and interesting characters. Cathy Cassidy put effort into the personality of each character, not just the main one. This is an outstanding book that I highly recommend.

    5out of 5
  14. Cutiepie4477
    on 23 February 2012

    I loved this book! At first I thought Shannon was a really nice person but at the end I could so see that she was not best friend material. Sam on the other hand!.... I fell for him straight away! A great book! You’ve got to read it!

    5out of 5
  15. CarribbeanCuba
    on 13 September 2011

    I haven;t read this book but i would like to. I would read the sampler but im not because i am currently reading Lucky Star by Cathy Cassidy. And at the end of it it has a sampler of ‘Ginger Snaps’.