Literature / The Sleepover Club
The Sleepover Club
is a children's book series; the initial concept and the first five books were by Rose Impey, whilst other authors collaborated on the rest of the series.
Set in Cuddington, near Leicester, the story centres around five ten (and eventually eleven) year old girls; Francesca "Frankie" Thomas
, Laura "Kenny" McKenzie
, Felicity "Fliss" Sidebotham
, Lyndsey "Lyndz" Collins
, and Rosie Cartwright
. They consider themselves the best of friends and form a club entitled "The Sleepover Club," involving their sleeping around one another's houses on a regular basis.
An Australian TV series was produced following the same basic plotline, with a few changes in characters/backstories.
Provides examples of:
- Berserk Button: Most of the narrating girls will warn the reader never to call Kenny by her given name, Laura, if you value your own life.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Molly, Kenny's older sister.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Frequent, especially in earlier books.
- Cheerful Child: Most of the girls are pretty happy the vast majority of the time; the few vaguely serious problems that do arise are usually resolved quickly, or the girls at least find some acceptance of them.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kenny's oldest sister, Emma, isn't mentioned again after the first few books.
- Cool Big Sis: Emma to Molly and Kenny; Tiffany to Rosie.
- Five-Man Band
- Flanderization: Kenny's competitivity, Fliss' vanity and cowardice and Lyndz's horse obsession all suffer this to an extent in the books post Rose Impey's original five.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kenny and Frankie. Borders on a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship at times, especially since in the one book where the two have an argument they treat it very much as a lovers' quarrel and Frankie seems very jealous over Kenny's crush on her ski instructor.
- One Steve Limit: A notable exception with Kenny's oldest sister and an enemy of the main five girls, who are both called Emma. This may be why the former isn't really seen or mentioned after the first few books.
- Race Lift: When the books were adapted for TV, Kenny and Lyndz swapped ethnicities.
- Running Gag: Lyndz's hiccups tend to crop up at least once in each book. This stops being so funny after a while.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Kenny and Molly.