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Splash

Author Charli Howard
Age

8-12

Pages

208

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“A much-needed book that will strike a chord with so many girls – and help them dare to be different.” – Jacqueline Wilson

Molly is in her final year of primary school, with secret dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer. Having always lived in the shadow of her manipulative friend, Chloe, Molly finally has the chance to compete in a regional swimming contest and define herself on her own terms. But with the pressure of fitting in, and the sudden arrival of her mysterious mum, will she give up on her dreams for a shot at popularity?

A hugely exciting debut with a classic underdog story, a wonderfully relatable protagonist, and an important message of friendship, body positivity, and celebrating who you are.

“I loved the voice in this accomplished debut, which touches on important issues of bullying and body dysmorphia.” – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

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What the Critics Said

“Howard is great on the push-me-pull-you phenomenon of the female “frenemy” [..] sometimes, the freshest writers for girls are those who have only recently left girlhood behind.”

The Observer

“I found this book very inspirational and hard to put down. I could easily relate to the main character’s feelings. I enjoyed it so much that I snuck it into my suitcase to my school residential!”

– Library Girl and Book Boy (blog)

“A fresh and relevant narrative that dives into the hugely important theme of body image as well as transition.”

– Books For Topics

“The message is clear: be yourself. This is a fantastic book.”

– Mr Davies Reads (blog)

“An uplifting story about family, friendship and following your dreams told with sensitivity and warmth. A perfect read for those moving from primary to secondary school.”

– A Library Lady (blog)

“Exploring friendship, bullying, body image and the challenge of daring to be different, this is an inspiring read.”

– The Week Junior

“The book tackles complex themes like body dysmorphia, absent parents and trauma, with insight and sensitivity.”

– Express

“This sensitive novel touches on several issues that may concern pre-adolescents, from anxieties about starting secondary school to pressures around body image. It explores the importance of friendship and encourages young people to follow their dreams and find their own place in the world.”

– BookTrust

“Totally realistic, and showing a great understanding of and empathy with today’s tweens, this is a confidence-building and uplifting read.”

– Parents in Touch

“It really helped my LO to understand what real friendship should be about and what is not acceptable for people to say.  I would definitely recommend this book for all young girls to read.”

– Toppsta Review

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