Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 7 - 12Grades 3 - 12Z4.270315
Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They’ve always played together, eaten with each other’s families, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they’d end up married to each other. They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone — and the glass hut where it’s all created, at the bottom of Carl’s garden.

But as they become teenagers, things are starting to change. They each have different friends. Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl. But Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention. And he seems much less happy to be called Sylvie’s boyfriend. And in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that her plans for the future may be affected. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all? A moving, compelling and delicately handled treatment of sexuality from the Children’s Laureate.
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published on November 6, 2007 by Doubleday UK
ISBN-10: 0385610106
ISBN-13: 9780385610100
6 Book Reviews
  • jrp1106
    jrp1106Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8:57 am33 stars
    This book is definitely not like any other books I've ever read. It's a bit weird for my taste but otherwise it is a good book. Sylvie is a relatable character though, when it comes to her thoughts and appearance any girl can relate to her. Carl on the other hand is witty and calm; he kind of reminds me of myself in some ways. I found the glass obsession surprising since that clearly isn't something you would normally see or read. Thought in the end I enjoyed reading something that was out of my comfort-zone. One thing I liked was that Sylvie was still not fully developed into her teenage figure or mind. I think it helped the story and also made it relatable to readers which is always important. Overall the book was okay in my opinion but, I wouldn't recommend this book.
    • sumsum
      sumsumTuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm
      • watermelon11
        watermelon11Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:22 am
        gimme that book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
        • Alathea riTuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:21 am
          I read a dogs way home. This book will definetly touch your heart, it touched mine!
          • carma21
            carma21Monday, August 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm
            i decided to read it because jacqueline wilson is a great writer
            • carma21
              carma21Monday, August 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm
              i decided to read it because jacqueline wilson is a great writer