Usborne Children’s Books

Search Usborne


Currently unavailable on this website


AudibleApple Audiobook

Hannah is thrilled at the idea of her newly-discovered half-sister coming to live with her family. She’s always imagined a lovely sisterly world of the girly chats, swapping make-up and sharing secrets and clothes. Beautiful, glamorous Ellie seems to live up to all Hannah’s expectations. But gradually she begins to realise that Ellie has a darker side – one that threatens to tear Hannah’s world apart. An irresistible, moving tale of two girls caught up in life-changing drama. From Kelly McKain, the author of the Totally Lucy series.

Listen to an extract from the audiobook:

Book information

Key Stage
Lexile Measure
Accelerated Reader level
5.2 MY
ISBN: 9780746091241
Extent: 288 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm

Author information

Kelly McKain

Kelly McKain worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency and as a primary school teacher before becoming a full time writer. She is now the author of over thirty books for children and teens, including several bestsellers.

Visit to find out more.

Reader reviews

Read the following reviews or write one of your own.

“Best Book ever”
This is a really really really good book it teaches you a lot of things and is really funny and touching at the same time.😊😅😆😆😀😀

Press reviews

“Dream sister or total nightmare? Hannah's life is about to change, big style... a warm and gripping read about truth, lies and learning to trust...”
“Kelly McKain has to be one of our best children’s authors; as a former teacher, she has her finger firmly on the pulse of girls at that rather awkward stage of pre-adolescence. Fully tuned in to their hopes and fears, their embarrassments and their search for identity and womanhood in a bewildering modern world, she weaves clever fables which not only answer questions and offer wise advice but also entertain and amuse. Half a Sister is a brilliant cautionary tale which highlights the dangers of making hasty judgments about people and reinforces the message that childhood happiness and security spring from loving and caring parents. Written in a gossipy style that will strike a chord with youngsters, Half a Sister is a super book with a truly touching thread of home truths running through its warm and winsome heart. Hannah is not just a girl in a special story but any ordinary 12-year-old whose certainties will inevitably tested by the raw realities of life.”
“How would it feel to suddenly find out you have a half-sister you never knew about? Hannah’s world is turned upside down when she discovers her dad has another daughter, Ellie, who then moves from Paris to live with them. But having an older, ultra-cool, glam sister is not all Hannah hopes it’ll be…4/5”

Resources for this book