Vinegar Street is a derelict, dreamscape of a place, but Poppy Picklesticks, who lives there on a diet of kippers and vindaloo, loves it. But one day the tingling voice inside her head warns her that an unwelcome change is on its way. Then Mandy Nylon, a newcomer, moves into Vinegar Street, threatening Poppy's way of life and everything that she loves. Poppy is determined not to let Mandy get the better of her, so she sets about to rescue Mandy's mistreated son, and bring love and care back to Vinegar Street.
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...here--on Vinegar Street--nothing about Poppy alarms anyone. No one bats an eyelid at her ankle-length black dress (decorated with a pattern of white skulls) or her long silk gloves (black, naturally)or her hair (very long, very straight and very black). And as for her shoes (the clumpiest, highest and--you've guessed it!--blackest platforms you've ever seen) ... well, amongst the rubble and weeds of Vinegar Street, Poppy fits in just fine.
Vinegar Street is no ordinary street and Poppy Picklesticks is certainly no ordinary girl, but the two complement each other perfectly. So when Mandy Nylon--all blonde hair, perfect make-up, neon-white teeth, look-at-my-curves dresses and a backside that wiggles so hard you could attach cocktail shakers to it--moves into the street, Poppy's world is rocked. Everyone is charmed by the newcomer but Poppy and the tingling voice inside her head are pretty sure that there is more to this woman than meets the eye and a battle of wills that leaves the reader pretty breathless ensues.
Philip Ridley certainly has a way with words and in Vinegar Streethe lets rip with a barrage of snappy dialogue and crafty prose that runs like a river of poetry across the pages and into the imagination. Older readers will simply love the sharp and snappy humour, and the tight characterisation that drives the unusual and intrepid plot as it races towards its conclusion.
A dream of a book for readers like their fiction with a twist, VinegarStreet is a confident and unforgettable story that lets the imagination fly. Age 11 and over. --Susan HarrisonAbout the Author:
Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London, where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin's and went on to write adult novels, plays for radio and theatre, and the screenplay for THE KRAYS. He has written several highly-acclaimed, award-winning novels for children, including Krindlekrax, Kasper in the Glitter, Scribbleboy, Vinegar Street, and most recently, Zip's Apollo.
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