Floss, half-bro Tiger, fun-loving Dad with a failing cafe, and Mom & Steve comprise Flora's loving but split family. Floss (aka Flora) has a birthday on which Mom drops a bombshell; she has a "gift" for the entire family. They have a wonderful opportunity! Steve received a lucrative temporary job offer in Sydney, and the entire family is moving to Australia for a half year.
Floss is devastated. She cannot bear the thought of six months minus her father. Riding Pearl the white horse on the carousel three times with her father on her birthday is Floss' idea of heaven. She and Dad enjoy hanging out in Charlie's Cafe, home of the Chip Master (chips in Britain are french fries in America). Floss, with her mother's reluctant consent, decides to move in with Dad instead of going Down Under.
Lots of mayhem ensues with snobby best friend Rhiannon, smart potential friend Susan, a plucky black cat named Lucky (black cats are considered lucky in Britain), awesome teacher Mrs. Horsefield, Billy the Chip and horse racing, and Dad playing himself and Mr. Mom all at once.
Candyfloss (cotton candy), daft (stupid), yobs (idiots), posh (rich), mate (friend), duvet (bedspread), crisps (potato chips), and more. The United Kingdom lingo is charming.
Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson, 2006
The only thing that I do not like about the book is the incessant commentary about chip butties (french fries inside buttered rolls). The thought makes my stomach turn, but Floss loves them.
The book is very amusing (lol), and the relationship between Flora and her father is very sweet. I love the United Kingdom slang; I was in Australia for six months studying abroad, and I loved it there. I also have a black cat, Mystique, and she is awesome.
I love the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter detailing characters and situations that occur in the chapter. The illustration on the cover with the pink dotted socks is creative.