Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 03 May 2018
ISBN: 9781788000338
Size: 198 x 129 mm
Length: 240 pages

Ella on the Outside


Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn’t know anyone and she doesn’t have any friends.

And she has a terrible secret.

Ella can’t believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend – but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won’t talk to anyone?

A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail…

“A perfectly-pitched, thoughtful story with a big heart.” – Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow

Also by Cath Howe:

Not My Fault

How to be Me

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“Howe poignantly chronicles Ella’s struggle with anxiety and self-esteem and is excellent on friendship dynamics and making the right choices.”

“Cath Howe’s background as a primary school teacher brings insight and authentic characters to her well-observed debut. Howe poignantly chronicles Ella’s struggle with anxiety and self-esteem and is excellent on friendship dynamics and making the right choices.”

– Fiona Noble, The Observer

Ella on the Outside is a hugely relatable tale that will strike a chord with anyone who has felt the pressure to please a new friend or has struggled to fit in. Ella makes mistakes, but she’s also hugely likeable, and author Cath Howe perfectly captures her anxieties and worries.”

– BookTrust

“This is a pacy story of secrets and lies but it also carries a heartwarming message of friendship and finding the inner strength to be who you really want to be.”

“Fans of Jacqueline Wilson will devour this excellent, gripping novel. I’m recommending it enthusiastically this summer.”

“This is a story that examines a toxic friendship and the consequences of our actions with the lightest touch.”

– Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons

“One of those delightfully unclassifiable ‘thank god it’s in the world’ books.”

– Did You Ever Stop To Think, blog

“A thoroughly enjoyable read and I’m convinced the characters will resonate strongly with lots of readers in upper KS2.”

– Books For Topics

“A lovely novel.  Please share THIS secret.”

– The Great British Bookworm, blog

“The values of friendship, compassion and empathy are some of the most important things a child can learn and I think Howe has produced a novel that is perfectly relevant to today’s pre-teens.”

Mrs F Through the Looking Glass

“Girls, especially with the more recent rise of social media, find dealing with friendships particularly difficult and this book would be perfect for them to read.”

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