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The Chocolate Box Girls: Marshmallow Skye Award-winning author/illustrator

by Cathy Cassidy (author)

Suitable for 11 - 18 years

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Imagine being one of identical twins, and having a sister just like you! Skye Tanberry loves her twin sister Summer more than anyone else in the world. But now they’re growing up. They still do everything together, but these days Summer just gets effortlessly cooler. Skye can’t help feeling awkward and second-best. Then her friend Alfie confesses that he’s fallen in love… with Summer! However much she tries not to mind, it hurts. It’s time for Skye to learn to be her own person. Can she step out of Summer’s golden shadow, and begin to shine?

“All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life.” Lovereading4kids.co.uk

Product Details

Series

The Chocolate Box Girls

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780141325248

Publisher

Puffin

Date published

September 12th, 2011

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years plus; 8.0 points

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Author/Illustrator

Cathy Cassidy

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Cathy Cassidy’s stirring teen novels have a huge following. Their optimism, realism and empathy explain their popularity, especially with girls, and are perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.

More about Cathy: “I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know!). I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too – pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions. I’d sell my homemade comic to a friend for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else,they didn’t have photocopiers back then!

I went to Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine. Later, I married my boyfriend Liam, went back to college and trained to be an art teacher. I taught in a Coventry secondary school for a few years, which I loved, then moved to Scotland with Liam to start a family.

My kids are 13 and 14 years old now, and the four of us live in a cottage in the Galloway hills with sheep and cows for neighbours. As well as writing books, I am the agony aunt on Shout magazine and sometimes teach art in the local primary schools, which is great fun and keeps me sane. (Well, maybe!)

I’ve been veggie for 30 years, and was vegan for 8 of them – a chocolate-eating vegan, like Storm! I love old clothes, old toys, cars, books. We have three cats, two rabbits and a mad, hairy lurcher called Kelpie (the model for Leggit in my book Dizzy).

I love my family, I love living in the middle of nowhere and I love my work. Of all my jobs, writing has to be the best – it’s the perfect excuse to daydream, after all!”

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  1. Petula 113689

    JapaneseStar
    on 13 May 2016

    Marshmallow Skye is a stunning story written by the incredible Cathy Cassidy as part of The Chocolate Box Girls Series. It’s all about Skye Tanberry 2nd youngest out of all the sisters who absolutely loves history and all things vintage! Skye and Summer are identical twins both turning 13 and then they’ve got their little sister Coco (11), Eldest sister Honey (15) and step-sister Cherry (14). This book is told from the point of view of Skye and how she feels shadowed by her twin sister and that she’s always second best. Until after Halloween when she is given a box of 1920s dresses and other clothing that belonged to a long lost relative (Clara Jane Travers) with a tragic mystery story! Summer doesn’t agree with all of Clara’s belongings turning up and being around the house and especially doesn’t like Skye wearing the clothes, thinking that something bad could come with them turning up – but that doesn’t stop Skye wearing them and trying to solve the mystery of Clara Jane Travers and her love story! I mean what could possibly be bad about a gorgeous boy named Finch who makes Skye’s heart do back flips!!! I think this book is a superlative read and would totally recommend it to anyone looking for a good book and a fan of Cathy Cassidy. I’d say this book is about an 11+ and I’m most definitely rating it 5/5 stars!!! :-)

    5out of 5
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    book0candy0
    on 2 September 2015

    This book is my 2nd favourite book in the series I really like these types of books

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    bimbo12334
    on 21 November 2014

    OMG BEST BOOK EVER I absolutely love this book its the best book I’ve ever read I’m so exited to read the next ones partly because at the end it has a massive cliffhanger !!!!!

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    irishangel9
    on 17 November 2014

    I love history. Is really gripping .You can imagine you are skye, or clara, or finch. Glad that Clara Travers didn,t kill herself though. Poor honey must be finding it hard to get used to having Cherry and Paddy around.

    5out of 5
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    Purple-Royalty
    on 17 June 2014

    i absolutely adore this book having read it over like a million times and what grabs me is not just the beginning but the end like i remember it of by heart the boy said my name is finch Jamie finch that just shows true love i was like omg and then i read summers dream cathy cassidy is a amazing reader.

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    tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    cathy cassidy is awesome her books are always awesome

    5out of 5
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    bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    This is my favourite book in the series. I love how they added in the bit about ghosts.

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    Rumaitha12
    on 4 March 2014

    This is the first book of the series and grabs your attention straight away. The title made me read on to find out about her and how marshmallows were partof skye.

  9. Hayley 113303

    Missycherrymarshmellow
    on 25 January 2014

    i really love this book and it helps you a lot with the tough times too!☺

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    xoluchix
    on 1 September 2013

    HI, it is a great book. I loved it especially the parts where she meets Finch. Thanks

    4out of 5
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    tatiteddy29
    on 11 May 2013

    I have read all the books in the series so far they are great i tots recomend this for girls age 9-15

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    natashakrywald
    on 8 March 2013

    its good

  13. Hayley 113303

    bouncybunny
    on 6 March 2013

    A good book for all teenage girls really liked skye , every teen girl should read this a fantastic book

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    ellie-melay27
    on 6 March 2013

    really liked this book as a sequel to the first one, read the 3rd one now! summers dream

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    xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 4 March 2013

    Loved it!!! I would definitely recommend this to any tween/teen.<3

    5out of 5
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    stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    SKYE IS MY FAVOURITE SISTER AND THIS IS MY FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE BOX BOOK.

    5out of 5
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    TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 4 March 2013

    Skye and Summer are twins. They have always been extremely close, but now as they grow older Skye can feel them growing apart. Skye – wears vintage style clothes, loves History, best friend is Millie. Summer – wears anything pink and anything cool, loves Ballet, best friend is Tia. They may look the same and occasionally think the same…but they couldn’t be more different. When they find a dusty old trunk in the attic, with ancient love letters and musty velvet dresses inside, Skye and Summer grow apart just a little bit more…

    I’ve always loved Cathy and her books, ever since my best friend lent me Scarlett when I was nine. I don’t know how she does it but she always manages to create a realistic story, with a sense of magic included.

    Marshmallow Skye starts off on Halloween, which was spooky. That was a nice change as Cathy hasn’t written a horror story before. Marshmallow Skye isn’t really a horror story anyway, but it’s still a lot different from her other books. It’s more of a mystery, I think.

    Obviously I adored this book. Who wouldn’t? I really wanted to save it, but I couldn’t help reading it within an hour. One of the highlights of my year is always when Cathy launches a new book – and it’s always just in time for my birthday!

    I treasure this book – it’s…. deep breath Amazfantasbrillgreatgoodexcelloveawesome! Yup. That new word perfectly describes ALL of Cathy’s books.

    Read this. Now. You need to, your life isn’t complete until you read it…

    4out of 5
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    powerpush22
    on 16 February 2013

    Marshmallow skye is another book by cathy Cassidy and is about how Skye finds out about the past but gets a little too much involved.

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    lemonade123
    on 15 December 2012

    I LOVE this book. its alll about vintage things and dreams. I was lucky enough to get this signed!

    5out of 5
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    madistar23
    on 29 August 2012

    Another sequel. I love understanding each of the sisters’ opinions.

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    kkitt-kkatt
    on 13 April 2012

    i loved skye’s vintage fashion sense. cathy cassidy is so good at writing good stories.

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    inge22
    on 7 April 2012

    Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!! Loved it!

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    twistofgold11
    on 6 March 2012

    Reading this book made me feel as if I was actually taking part, being a twin sister- I wounder what it would be like, skye always seems to feel 2nd best, but when she puts some clothes on, meets a `bird` boy, starts a wonderous dream, it all changes…

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    lemonhoneysss10
    on 6 March 2012

    Title: Marshmallow Skye

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Publisher: The Puffin Group

    Well this is actually a the second in The Chocolate box series by Cathy Cassidy, and it was great. Its about a girl called Skye who had an unberably ‘better at everything then her’ twin names Summer. Summer and Skye used to always do everything together but nowadays they seem to be drifting apart… Even worse, when her best friend; Alfie, admits he’s fallen for Summer and not her it hurts. Not only does Skye have to try and fix a relationship between the two, but live with her moody older sister; Honey who hates their step dad and step sister but listen to her younger sister; Coco’s violin practise and help with the Chocolate box business! Then Skye finds a box of Clara Travers, an ancestor of hers who may have commited suicide, clothes and Summer feels really uncomfortable seeing her wear them espeically after the ghost stories they told each other… Life seems to be getting harder for Skye so will she stop thinking about Summer all the time and find her own chance to shine???

    I really did like this book as it was a little spooky and not a really girly book, so it’s quite different form Cathy’s other books.

    I have read quite a few of Cathy’s books: Indigo Blue, Scarlett, Sundae Girl, Driftwood, Lucky Star, Gingersnaps and Angel Cake.

    I advise you all to read this book as its one of Cathy Cassidy’s best!

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    AmyXx
    on 3 March 2012

    The same as some people. This has a great story line. READ IT!

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    la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    When I finally recieved Marshmallow Skye for christmas, I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t shape up to cherry crush, because I loved that so much. But like I have been so many times, I was so very very wrong. Instead I think I liked it just as much, because Skye had always been my favourite character. With her vintage dresses, and trunk full of old fashioned clothing and a tale full of mystery, if you buy this book, your in for an exciting journey. I just cannot WAIT for summers dream. :D

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    aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    Sooo good. I loved it.

    5out of 5
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    mutemath4ever
    on 1 March 2012

    This is the best book Cathy Cassidy has written. It is the second in the chocolate box girl series, this time the whole book is from the point of Skye twin to Summer. The book follows Skye as she try’s to step out of her twin sister’s shadow. But she finds it challenging, will it ever work out for her ? You will just have to read it to find out. i would recommend for ages 12+

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    indigobeam
    on 1 March 2012

    Marshmallow Skye is such a fantastic sequel to Cherry Crush. Cherry Crush was boring and had no story line, where as Marshmallow Skye had a fantastic story line and a brilliant plot! I think all readers can relate to something in Skye and that’s what I love. Amazing book!

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    emz162000
    on 1 March 2012

    LOVE THIS BOOK <3

    5out of 5
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    smileitsfriday
    on 1 March 2012

    Everyone thinks summer tanberry is fantastic. But Skye, her twin sister (main character) is getting a bit sick of it. Her best friend even seems to prefer her. When Skye gets freaky dreams from the past, she keeps it to herself because there’s a gypsy boy she doesn’t want anyone to know about. This book is full of unexpected and sometimes creepy coincidences. * * * * and a half!

  32. Hayley 113303

    ToxicTiger
    on 1 March 2012

    Skye is a twin. A twin who has always been in a shadow. Now it’s her time to shine.

  33. Bellasara 113282

    violet386
    on 22 December 2011

    awesome book the first book i read of cathy cassidy’s

    5out of 5
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    SmileyJess
    on 11 November 2011

    This book was very very good. I read it on a journey and rushed through it as quick as quick!

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    jessie2301
    on 27 October 2011

    SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Good

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    tomboy55
    on 9 October 2011

    this sequel was ok but i wanted to find out more about cherry. but it was good anyway

    4out of 5
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    arshad2011
    on 3 October 2011

    i like this book

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    CarribbeanCuba
    on 13 September 2011

    I haven’t read this book yet but i really want to. I have read the sampler and it sounds amazing.

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    Diaryofawimpykid18
    on 10 September 2011

    My fave choco box girl from best 2 last are:

    1.Coco 2.Cherry 3.Skye 4.Summer 5.Honey

    Honey is the wort one cos she is horrible to Cherry

    5out of 5
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    Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 5 September 2011

    I really enjoyed this book, it had a really good storyline. My favourite character is Cherry because when Cherry and her dad moved in with Syke, her mum, and the other girls Honey had a fight with Cherry and Cherry felt left out, but she still kept being nice to the other girls. My worst character was Finch.

    I think that the book was really good, but the whole idea of the ghost story was really boring.

    Safa, age 11

    4out of 5