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From climbing and abseiling to canoeing and a Crazy Bucket Race, the adventure holiday promises to be full of action. There's just one problem as far as Tim is concerned: he is hopeless at sports of any kind.Can Tim survive the horrors of a week absolutely packed with activity? Can his team - the Tigers - be the overall champions? There are some surprises in store for everFrom climbing and abseiling to canoeing and a Crazy Bucket Race, the adventure holiday promises to be full of action. There's just one problem as far as Tim is concerned: he is hopeless at sports of any kind.Can Tim survive the horrors of a week absolutely packed with activity? Can his team - the Tigers - be the overall champions? There are some surprises in store for everyone!...

Title : Cliffhanger (Biscuit Barrel)
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ISBN : 9780440868552
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Cliffhanger (Biscuit Barrel) Reviews

  • Katie Lennon
    2018-12-10 19:26

    This is the story of Tim who is reluctantly sent on an adventure holiday by his parents. Sports are not Tim's favourite pastime so when he finds out he will be climbing, abseiling, canoeing amoung others he is not pleased and sends his parents a postcard as soon as he arrives asking them to come collect him immediately.Each day brings with it a new activity and Tim unfortunately is disasterous at each and every one of them. He forgets the vital instruction of holding onto the rope and finds himself dangling off the cliff - don't worry, it turns out okay! Tim's team, The Tigers are rapidly falling behind in the points race for the winners of each activity so his team mates are not too please, especially Giles and Kelly, the most competitive children on the team. They make fun of Tim and his new friend "Biscuits" (his nickname for exactly the reason you are thinking) as he is not good at the activities either.Finally on the last day of the holiday, the teams take part in the Crazy Bucket Race - an obstacle course which must be negotiated while carrying a full bucket of water! Tim, as expected makes a blunder and falls on the ground, spilling all of his water and so his team fall behind AGAIN! Tim and all of his team mates all eventually make it to the last obstacle and cannot see a way past it...what happens next - you will have to read the book to find out for yourself!!This was a very entertaining read. Tim's postcards home to his parents contain a nice sense of humour when he expresses his anguish at the situation and his wish for his parents to collect him immediately. I would recommend this book for Year 3/4 class. I think the children who read the book will find that they can relate to Tim, they may not be good at sports either or there could be other things they are not good at. Tim and "Biscuits" showed that they could stand up to Giles and Kelly who were making fun of them. The was also a cute and humourous end to the story.

  • Angela Treacy
    2018-11-18 21:36

    Cliffhanger is the story of a young boy called Tim whose pushy father enrolls him in an adventure holiday with a group of children his own age. Tim is not enthusiastic at all about attending the adventure camp as he is better at puzzles and schoolwork than he is at sports and outdoor games so he is quite apprehensive about attending the camp and spending the week away from home.Jacqueline Wilson uses humour throughout the book and puts Tim in some awkward situations that young readers would find amusing. Throughout the book Tim writes dramatic postcards home to his parents telling them of all the adventures he undertook and how dangerous they were in the false hope that they would come to collect him and bring him home and I think that young readers would have a giggle over these.I would recommend this story for children from about 9 to 11 years old. While the text is big there is still a lot of it so it could be daunting for lower level readers or younger children. I think that children of this age might also be able to relate to the main character as Tim is quite shy and nervous to try out new things as well as easily intimidated by the other children on his team.

  • Rumena Khatun
    2018-11-15 00:21

    Cliffhanger was written by Jacqueline Wilson initially as a television script, she enjoyed the story so much that it was turned into a book.It is about a 9 year old boy called Tim who is going on an adventure holiday. This should be an exciting prospect but Tim feels otherwise, he isn’t good at sports and he doesn’t want to leave without his precious Walter bear.When he goes on his adventure holidays he meets a few characters such as Biscuits, his lovely new friend who loves to eat biscuits and the not so lovely Giles who is competitive and a bit of a bully. Throughout the story Tim develops and gains confidence, courage and decides that maybe an adventure holiday isn’t as scary as it sounds.I think children could relate to this story, every parent tries to push their child to do something different which might be a bit scary from eating all their vegetable to staying away from home for the first time. This book is funny and exciting; you want to know what Tim’s next adventure could be.

  • Andrew Venning
    2018-11-28 23:13

    Cliffhanger is about Tim, a young boy who is cajoled by his father to attend an adventure holiday. Tim isn't very good at sports and other physical activities and doesn't really enjoy them neither so he is not keen to go on the adventure holiday. The book follows Tim's struggles to overcome his lack of sporting prowess as he faces the challenges of taking part in a game similar to rounders, abseiling, canoeing and finally the crazy bucket race. Despite his lack of ability Tim continues to try his best throughout all the activities he takes part in during the book and makes some friends along the way and helps his team to victory in the end by discovering his own strengths. Cliffhanger also features some illustrations, such as postcards and illustrations of the activities Tim takes part in.I did not like the book myself, I found the first two thirds a little mundane and didn't really feel much connection with the characters, I feel it was a centred in the everyday a little too much to really capture my imagination. The book did pick up toward the end and the final third was more entertaining and also encouraged better character identification, but did not quite turn around my overall opinion.Despite my own opinion of the book I do think it would prove useful in the classroom. The most obvious application for Cliffhanger would be as part of English. As the book is a short novel it would make a useful text for readers making the transition between short picture books and beginning to read novels either as guided reading or independent reading. As the book, it's situation and settings are familiar and easy to relate to for children there is an opportunity for classroom discussions about pupil's own similar experiences. This could be related to previous holidays, alternatively the discussions could relate to how the classroom pupils have had to face their own challenges in overcoming lack of ability in sports or other physical activities and finding their own strengths. The discussions could also lead to written tasks such as the pupils writing their own postcards about their feelings and experiences. The pupil's could also do their own illustrations of their own experiences, perhaps in a storyboard or comic strip style. This offers opportunities to cover Art, PSHE and may also encourage pupils involvement in PE or other sporting and physical activities.I would suggest the appropriate age for Cliffhanger is around 7-9 years old.

  • Steph Lomas
    2018-11-29 00:29

    As a child, I remember reading many Jacqueline Wilson books, but the one book that has stuck in my head is Cliffhanger. Although this book is not as well-known as her other books, such as The Story of Tracy Beaker and Double Act, I have always enjoyed reading this book as it reminds me of my childhood. This story describes the journey Tim goes through when his dad signs him up for an adventure holiday. Tim is useless at sport and struggles to settle in, especially when one of his team members makes fun out of him for not even being able to catch a ball. With a bit of guidance, Tim begins to stand up for himself and make friends. But will he continue to let his team down or will they have a chance at winning? Cliffhanger is illustrated by Nick Sharratt and although the illustrations are simple, they are very informative and give the reader extra information. The majority of them show postcards Tim has written to send to his mum and dad and provide an insight into the emotions he is actually experiencing. Further on in the book, these illustrations contain funny comments and pictures of the activities being performed, which provides the reader with a visual image of the story. This book would be ideal for children in Key Stage 2 aged 8-11. It would be best suited for independent reading, but would also be a good book to use for class discussions. Many children would have experienced school trips or adventure holidays and have their own experiences to share. Additionally, this book shows the importance of team work and encouragement to others. Children could discuss times where they have worked in a team to achieve a goal, or where they have encouraged a friend to continue at a task they may be struggling with.I believe children will benefit from reading this book as they can relate to it. Although Tim was initially scared, he built up courage and confidence and overcame his fears, which resulted in him having a really good time.

  • Akua D
    2018-12-10 17:27

    Cliffhanger is a book I remember reading during the summer holidays as a child and really enjoyed. Cliffhanger is about Tim who really does not enjoy sports or physical activity and doesn’t think that he is any good but is forced to go to an Adventure Centre by his father during the holidays. Before he arrived, he was dreading taking part in any of the activities and really didn’t want the other children to laugh at him. When it was time to leave, he didn’t want to go!Cliffhanger demonstrates the importance of teamwork and accepting that everyone brings different skills to the table. The encouragement that the Centre Coordinators demonstrated to Tim are attributes I feel relate closely to teaching, being supportive and allowing each person to demonstrate their strengths. Cliffhanger is a book that can link quite nicely with a camping or adventure sports trip towards the end of the school year. It can be used to support the following subjects; P.E, English, Science. This book is suitable for pupils in KS2 as it is quite long and does not contain a lot of picture books.

  • Lisa Faye
    2018-12-02 16:34

    Not a great book, but it did make my 6 year old excited for her first summer camp experience and taught her some interesting new vocabulary.

  • Lai Sin
    2018-11-26 23:25

    I think the plot is boring , I am not enjoy reading this book...

  • Nyall
    2018-12-04 00:37

    I thought there was going to be a cliffhanger so disappointed in it I think they should improve by making it more dangerous,even though I thought Tim was going to die.

  • Brenda Coughlan
    2018-11-30 17:23

    This is a very charming book by Jacqueline Wilson, which focuses on a nine year old boy, Tim. Tim is an only child whose father feels an adventure holiday might make him more sporty. Tim's main hobbies include watching television and doing puzzles and is more of an academic student! A week of abseiling, canoeing and games is not his idea of fun! The story sees Tim entering camp without a chance to object, except through comical postcards home, the first written half an hour into his stay. He meets many other children each with their own unique traits, his new friend Biscuits who is constantly eating, Giles the sportsman and bully, and Kelly who doesn't fit in with the other girls. Tim has a fear of failing, being bullied and not fitting in, but learns in his own way with the help of good friends and the course co-ordinator that he has his own talents and you don't have to be great at everything to enjoy it! I enjoyed this book because the main character is a young boy who has many of the insecurities that every child experiences. He is worried about trying new things, being good enough at sports and being teased. The plot is really interesting and I feel it would really engage young readers and most likely be suitable for students aged 9-12 years old. The text is large but the book may be quite long for younger readers. I think the book has some valuable lessons for children, though Tim doesn't excel at sports, he uses his ability in math to win the final competition and made some great friends when he learned to relax and enjoy the adventure. This story also highlights the enjoyment of the game as opposed to winning. The storyline in conjunction with the fun illustrations sprinkled though the book create a comical and entertaining read! I feel this story could be used to support subjects like P.E and PSHE, aiding the personal and social elements of this subject. I think it is a good book to be read by students independently, especially helpful for students who may have some insecurities like Tim. It may also aid creative writing, giving students ideas and guidance.

  • Hannah
    2018-12-06 23:25

    I decided to re-read this book recently and finished it in fifteen minutes... I loved Jacqueline Wilson growing up, however I remember this being a book I didn't constantly reach for to re-read. It's for much younger readers and doesn't really hold a story that I love or want to re-read, however it's still a good book. The story 'Cliffhanger' is about a boy called Tim who goes on an adventure holiday and meets a friend called Biscuits. Tim is not a sporty guy and hates any movement or any activity todo with sports, so being forced to go on an adventure holiday is something that makes himself have to adjust to new things. However, little does he know that he could actually be having fun on this short adventure holiday. I can't really say much else, because the plot of the book is short, the book is short, and anything else could be a spoiler. The book, overall is short and is a nice light little read. Although it's interesting, when I came to the end of the book I was like 'oh' and put it away. Shocked by how little the book had for me. Of course, I am not the target audience. If you were younger and books like this were your liking then you may enjoy this book.I didn't like the plot or feel like I was connected to the characters. There wasn't a thorough introduction or even a subtle way of acknowledging whether or not you like one character on your own behalf, it's kinda all there for you. I feel like this book would be better in a classroom as something that helps younger children understand the simplicities of the English language and hell them on a literary basis.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-28 21:19

    I found Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson a very exciting and humorous book to read. It focuses on a nine year old boy called Tim who is forced by his Father to spend some time in an adventure camp during the summer holidays. As Tim is not a very sporty child, he is nervous and not looking forward to the camp. He expresses his feelings through short postcards home during his stay at camp at the beginning of each chapter, the first postcard home being sent without a half an hour! Each day Tim faces a new adventure with the first few days ending in disaster but as the story continues Tim faces these challenges with enthusiasm and excitment. Throughout the book as we are introduced to new characters through Tims eyes, it becomes clear the importance of teamwork and that people with different skills and interests can work together to achieve results. I feel the majority of children could relate to Tim with having been in similiar situations before and I think this book would be an enjoyable read for them. Most suitable for children in KS2, this particualr book can be used to support a number of subjects such as English, P.E, PSHE as well as a good topic for creative writing in the classroom.

  • Maria
    2018-12-12 18:36

    This exciting and humorous book by Jacqueline Wilson is about a young boy named Tim who is forced to face up to his worst fears. Tim, who is not interested in sports or adventures of any kind, is sent on an adventure holiday which promises to be full of action. A nervous Tim begins his holiday feeling lonely as he realises he has left his favourite teddy, Walter Bear, at home. He shares a room with two other boys: Giles, who is very sporty and keen to tackle lots of adventures; and Biscuits, who is not interested in sports at all. All the children are split into teams for their activities. Tim’s team is The Tigers. Tim is forced to face challenges that would normally petrify him, such as abseiling and canoeing. As the holiday progresses Tim learns to overcome his fears and he begins to enjoy the challenges.Tim grows as a person over the course of this book. He learns how to cope in difficult situations and face difficult challenges that he would not normally be presented with. This novel is a great read for children between the ages of 9 and 11 years and it is a book many readers would be able to relate to.

  • Alicia Taylor-adams
    2018-11-27 19:21

    This is a great book by Jacqueline Wilson, exploring the differing viewpoints of children being a carer, a looked after child and experiencing bullying. Cliffhanger concerns a young boy Tim who is not a fan or sports or physical activities, however his father forces him to take part in an Adventure Centre during the holidays. Although he was dreading the trip and feared the other children laughing at him, by the end he enjoys it so much he doesn’t want to leave. During his time at the centre he takes part in activities that he had ever experienced or thought he would enjoy. Cliffhanger demonstrates the importance of teamwork and accepting that everyone brings different skills to the table. The encouragement that the Centre Coordinators demonstrated to Tim are attributes I feel relate closely to teaching, being supportive and allowing each person to demonstrate their strengths. This book is suitable for KS2 pupils due to the length and complexity of language and themes.

  • Abdulrahman Boutaleb
    2018-12-07 19:12

    Tim, a kid that would much rather stay at home playing games or doing math wanted to just stay home and do exactly that but one day he finds himself in an adventure camp where they do stuff that he is absolutely hopeless at like abseiling or sports. At first he hates the place and would call his mom and beg her to come and take him but it was no use. So after suffering for a while and getting teased by other kids he meets his new friend biscuits who he really likes then after doing some activities he gets used to it and likes it a bit. this book is about transitioning, friendship and adventure.

  • Aoife
    2018-12-03 23:28

    About=Tim who isn't very good at physical activities ,his parents want him to go to a summer camp to make friendsLiked=Story flow was good like Biscuits,Laura,Leslie and Jake.Liked how it as a quick read and the cliff scene was fun to read had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what is going to happen !!1Didn't like=Although I quite liked it i didn't learn much from the characters .Didn't like Tim or his parents-SPOILER ========>(told him to ring if he wanted to go home,they lied).Not a lot happened in the space of 96 pages.I felt I didn't get enough Tim with the characters it 100% felt like a middle grade book I probably shouldn't of excepted much from it

  • Elaine
    2018-11-27 22:22

    A delightful story about Tim, who would much rather be watching television, is sent by his parents on an adventure holiday. Tim has never been any good at sports or games but now he has a go at lots of activities, such as abseiling, canoeing and completing obstacle courses, finds new friends and becomes a hero! Another great story by a fantastic author, highly recommended. Teachers could easily use this book to support work in PSHE, helping children acknowledge their strengths and being willing to try new activities, overcoming fear of failure and developing resilience in the process.

  • Abdulrahman
    2018-12-08 21:31

    When tim thinks its a perfect time to stay at home and play video games his dad tells him that he is getting sent to an adventure camp, but the only problem is that he is completely useless at sports of any kind. So eventually when he arrives at the place he meets his roommate Giles who is always mocking him. But then he meets biscuits, a kid that doesn't stop eating but is very friendly. But even biscuits can do some sports when tim is still lagging behind, but after a while, even Tim gets used to it. Cliff hanger is about friendship, perseverance and courage.

  • Hannah
    2018-11-30 23:40

    Loved it as a child, if I remember rightly, I read with the rest of my class and we shared many giggles!

  • Odiseja Izdavačka kuća
    2018-11-19 19:13

    Roman popularne Džeklin Vilson, namenjen je urastu od 7 do 10 godina i ovoga puta iz perspektive dečaka bavi se temama tipičnim za opus ove autorke.Preporučujemo ga za čitanje pred prvo odvajanje od kuće, odlazak na rekreativnu nastavu ili ekskurziju, ali i svim fanovima Džeklin Vilson.

  • Payton
    2018-11-30 20:34


  • Bilsen Ibrahim
    2018-11-20 23:14

    An adventure packed holiday is surely any 9 year olds dream holiday right? Not for Tim Parsons! Great at everything else Tim, in his own opinion, is simply hopeless at sports! When he finds out his dad is serious about sending him on what could only be a nightmare holiday for Tim he has every hope his mother can get him out of it. Unfortunately, before he can even say ‘adventure holiday’ he finds himself abandoned at the centre all alone and without the comfort of his loving Walter bear.As the week unfolds Tim finds himself pushed to his absolute limits. With no chance of returning home early Tim tries his best despite what horrid things Giles, the bully says to him. With the support of his friend ‘Biscuits’ and Kelly who are also part of the ‘Tigers’ team he survives through a tough and demanding week. Despite no improvement in Tim’s sporting abilities he still manages to make his team the champions – thanks to his logical thinking!Another well-written story by Jacqueline Wilson which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. A tale of true friendship and persistence in the face of failure are the main themes of this story. Narrated through the eyes of the main character – Tim, this story is full childish innocence and humour which I really liked about this book making it an entertaining read. I also like the illustration method used. Every new chapter started with an illustration of a postcard home to Tim’s parents. On one side is a preview of what the forthcoming chapter entails and on the other side is Tim’s ever-growing plea to be rescued from the centre.This book could be integrated into a junior class (9 – 10 age range) and used to discuss the importance of friendship and how to deal with bullying (especially name calling). This book would also be beneficial to keep within the classroom for independent reading as it introduces the concept of not giving up and trying despite feeling unable to do something.

  • Hannah
    2018-11-20 00:20

    I was listening to an interview with Jacqueline Wilson, who was my favourite author as a child, on the radio and decided to give some of her books a re-read.I remember really enjoying this book as a child and enjoyed reading it again now from the point of view of someone who works with children.The story is about a nine-year-old boy called Tim whose dad signs him up for a children's adventure holiday which Tim, who is shy, bookish and not at all sporty, is determined not to enjoy. At first Tim finds the holiday to be an incredibly negative experience as he struggles to perform well in the sporting activities and has to share a dormitory with the competitive Giles, who frequently voices his exasperation at Tim's lack of sporting ability. However over the course of the week Tim learns to face some of his fears, learns to stand up for himself and works out how to use his own skills to help his team win the final competition. He also leaves the holiday with some fast friends and much more confidence.I think this is a great book for boys and girls aged about 7-10 as I think lots of children will be able to identify with the characters on some level and it has a really positive message. As an adult I found myself really identifying with the character Jake, who is a team rep at the activity centre and through gentle encouragement helps Tim to build his confidence. It reminded me of times when I've encouraged children to try an activity that might seem scary to them and how rewarding it is to see them achieve and grow confidence.

  • CJ Allen
    2018-12-05 18:17

    Great book

  • Rachel Owen
    2018-12-11 23:21

    I loved the fact that Jacqueline Wilson wrote from a boys point of view. I had read this some time ago and re-read it out loud on holiday to my children. It takes something to hold the attention of a twelve year old boy and an eight year old girl at the same time and to be honest I loved reading it. We flew through it. Tim doesn't want to go on an adventure holiday. He doesn't feel very adventurous at all. Luckily he meets Biscuits who enjoys, well eating biscuits and isn't at all self conscious about the fact. Along the way we meet Giles (Piles) and Jake and lots of lovely drawn characters. It was written before the days of instant communication and the children liked the letters home. We chuckled away and my children both went off to read the follow up. I like Jacqueline Wilson and I liked the humour of these. My son loved Biscuits. Can we have some more boys viewpoint books please?

  • Charles
    2018-12-02 16:24

    I have read this book several times when I was younger, to the extent that when I reread it today I remembered a lot of it. It is quite charming, one should not forget the particular age group that it was intended for. It is also quite short. I read it in approximately ten minutes (but then again I am what you might call a slowpoke reader), and even as a boy I found it relatively short. This is why I gave it 3/5 as, in my opinion, if it had been longer with many more episodes at the Adventure Camp and with more characters it would have been much better. The concept was there, I especially like the postcard illustrations with the witty messages on them and the characters of Jake, Giles, Kelly, Biscuits and Tim (though these are all the major characters in the book), so why didn't Wilson expand on such a promising children's premise?. Wilson is known for her charm, wit and humour, which this book proves in spite of its short length and its simplicity.

  • Annabel
    2018-12-11 18:28

    Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a manner that is accessible and completely appropriate for young people. Children challenge themselves with their reading skills as the lexis and syntax are by no means 'easy' but are happy to do so as the plots and characters are so engaging.A fantastic writer, whom I am sure instilled my love of reading and fiction from a young age.I absolutely loved 'Cliffhanger' - it remains one of my all-time favourite children's books!

  • Leah
    2018-11-21 18:16

    My best friend Lee actually recommended this to me; he was quite embarrassed about reading a girl's book, but he though it was pretty good. This was a sweet little book that I read in about an hour. I was unsure at first but as the story got under way, I enjoyed it and connected with Tim.My absolute favourite part was the section where the children all have to do this obstacle course thing. They had to walk on drainpipes which were over a river, and then tip the water in a carton which was on the other side. Tim saw that the others kept falling in the water below and realised the drainpipes were loose so he picked one up and put one end to the carton and poured his water down the drainpipe, helping his team to win.The negatives to this are quite meanial actually. I felt the story was too short and I wanted more to happen and more to read about. I also found that it was a bit slow to start, even with the size of the book, and I considered not bothering to read it.

  • Sophie Mc
    2018-11-28 23:31

    Cliffhanger tells the story of a timid, sport hating boy named Tim. His worst nightmare comes true when his pushy father decides that he should go to summer camp, a sports based one. As the story unravels we meet the horrid character Giles, who takes it upon himself to constantly put Tim down, making him feel even worst than he already did. But, all is not lost as Tim meets the loveable Biscuits, a larger boy who too has little interest in sports, rather finding interest in foods of all kind!The story follows Tim's trials as he sees his way through the week, resulting in a rather suprising ending. Maybe good can come from a bad situation? This is another great little read from the infamous Jacqueline Wilson, an author that I treasured as a child. This particular book is shorter than most of her others and for this reason could be seen as a great introduction to her work. Once you start reading her books they become difficult to put down; a really fantastic author.

  • Maisie
    2018-11-15 19:10

    Cliffhanger ***by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator) 3.00 · rating details · 909 ratings · 28 reviews When his dad decides to send him on an adventure holiday, poor Tim--who is more suited to armchair pursuits--realises that this could well turn out to be the very worst time of his entire life. Little does he know quite how bad things will get, especially when he is forced to bunk-in with the hideous, arrogant and bullying Giles. But as the holiday progresses he finds himself quite enjoying its challenges. Even abseiling--once he is safely back at the bottom of the cliff--doesn't seem so bad.