"Then she grinned. I grinned. It was just as if we knew each other."
India lives in a HUGE house, but hardly gets any attention from her parents. She can't stand her mum, and though she absolutely adores her dad, he hasn't had much time for her lately. Feeling lonely, she seeks solace in her journal, inspired by her heroine Anne Frank.
Treasure lives on the local council estate, taken in by her loving and capable grandmother. She's completely devoted to her nan but is haunted by the fear of her violent stepdad.
A chance meeting sparks a great friendship between the girls, who become a bright spot in each other's lives.
When Treasure has to run away to avoid her stepfather, India comes up with a hiding place. She hasn't got a real secret annexe, but she has got a hidden attic...
Another brilliant book by Jacqueline Wilson - Scribbler
Wilson's skilful way with dialogue and plot makes this a moving, funny and uplifting story about friendship
Wilson captures the vulnerable, bolshy tone of young girls, and offers humour and honesty too
Jacqueline Wilson is refreshingly committed to fulfilling children's expectations, and this is her enduring strength. Secrets captures a truth of childhood: that life is full of secrets, partly because so much is unknown and unexplained
Another brilliant book by Jacqueline Wilson
Games & activities
Dress up as the feisty and laugh-out-loud funny Tracy Beaker from Jacqueline Wilson’s well-loved books, using this easy DIY costume hack.
Get your pens and paper ready - it's time to learn how to draw Victorian heroine Hetty Feather with illustrator Nick Sharratt.