Special Sub-Topic: A Spoonful of Jam
|Elsie Hollis is the main character in the book. What are her two brothers called?|
Ralph and Harry. There is another very good book written also by Michelle Magorian, all about Ralph, called "A Cuckoo in the Nest".
|What is Elsie's school called?|
Winford Grammar School for Girls. Elsie can't help falling asleep in lessons as her cousin Joan's snoring prevents her from getting to sleep.
Walford is where "Eastenders" is set and The Palace is the name of the theatre Elsie goes to.
|What is the first play Elsie is in?|
Pink String and Sealing Wax. She auditions for this play in the first place to get away from her enemy Marjorie Bush. But, Elsie finds out that she enjoys the theatre rather than just using it as an excuse not to be bullied.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" is the play Elsie's dad is in at the end of the book along with Ralph and Annie Duncan.
|Where do Elsie's family go hop picking every year?|
Kent. Kent is in the South East of England and they still grow hops there today.
|What is Joan's sister called?|
Kitty. Kitty lives in Kent with her husband Frank and their baby son Alan.
|Elsie strives to be accepted by her dad and even cuts off her hair and wears boy's clothes in an attempt to do this. Where is it she wants to go with her dad?|
the allotment. At the end of the book Elsie's dad gives her a small painted trowel and a girls' comic. This shows that he wants her to come to the allotment with him and Harry, and that he is accepting her as a girl.
|What method does Elsie's chaperone Miss Benson use to scare away Marjorie and her friends?|
Paper Tiger. She puts her arms up and roars!
|In the play what are Eva's brothers and sisters called?|
Albert, Jessie, Emily, Vickie and Malcolm. Albert is the eldest and Eva's favourite, Jessie wants to be an actress, Emily has a beautiful singing voice but has to teach two horrid little girls, Vickie is the littlest and Malcolm gets pocket money if he is good.
|Where is the play rehearsed for the first week?|
Mrs. Egerton-Smythe's house. Mrs. Egerton-Smythe employs Ralph as a gardener and they use her house to rehearse for the first week, as another play is being rehearsed and performed at the Palace Theatre.
|What is Mrs. Egerton-Smythe's daughter called?|
Jessica. Josie is Elsie's new baby sister and Ellen is her mother.
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