Summary: When Vicky is hit by a car her death has a huge impact on everyone’s lives especially Jade her best friend. Jade is devastated but that isn’t the end of it, Vicky comes back as a ghost, refusing to let Jade move on. For a while that’s alright with Jade but soon she realises she needs to make her own decisions and new friends.
Why I read this book: I had to produce a story aimed at children aged 12+ for an assignment. I choose the theme of death because I knew it would be challenging to convey in an accepting but realistic way for my target audience.
Why I liked this book: Wilson’s books have been so successful because she always stays true to her characters. Wilson presents problems which are resolved in a realistic, age appropriate way. Despite Vicky Angel being a ghost, Jade’s mourning is real, not exaggerated or brushed aside, it is recognised as she tries to cope.
Moral message: As with the majority of Wilson’s books, there is a message in Vicky Angel. It is not about death, it is how to deal with death. She doesn’t simply wave a want and make Jade better. We see the breakdown of Jade and then how she slowly starts to build her life back up again. It’s realistic and honest, and its a great way to help children come to terms with such a difficult topic. Jade is a hero, she overcomes her fear of living in her best friends shadow and finds her own path in life.