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Ella on the Outside

Ella on the Outside

Author Cath Howe
Age

8-12

Pages

240

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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

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What the Critics Said

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

– The Guardian

“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.”

– LoveReading4Kids

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

– The Alligator’s Mouth

“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.”

– The Teacher Bookworm (blog)

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Danish, Greek, Italian, Polish, French, Chinese (simplified), Russian

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