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A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story - winner of France's biggest prize for teen and YA fiction

Mireille, Astrid and Hakima have just been voted the three ugliest girls in school by their classmates on Facebook. But does that mean they're going to sit around crying about it?...

Well, maybe a little, but not for long! Climbing onto their bikes, the friends set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris. The girls will find fame, friendship and happiness on their journey, and still have time to eat a mountain of food (and drink the odd glass of wine) along the way. But will they really be able to leave all their troubles behind?

Piglettes is a hilarious, beautiful and uplifting story of three girls who are determined not to let online bullying get them down.

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31st October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Piglettes 9781782691204
5 stars
I loved this book so much. Mireille is a force of nature and as a character is so well drawn, she is strong minded, tough and opinionated but the writing is so clever that you can also see that she is vulnerable under the surface. This is a great story about friendship and how important your friends are to your well being. It also has much to say about body image, self belief and resilience. One of its great strengths is that it refuses to go for the makeover, the girls are the same feisty, funny, determined girls at the end but they have learned a lot about themselves and their self worth. Highly recommended.
21st June '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Peacehaven little Library Teens/YA aged 13 to 18
Piglettes 9781782691204
5 stars
There is so much going on in this book and it is filled with so much joy. It spoke to me in a way that the very best books can. It got under my skin and made me laugh and cry and think. It is fierce and funny and positive and political and beautifully written…

Piglettes is so much more than a road trip coming of age story. It celebrates friendship and finding your people. It sings of the joys of food and nature and music. It opens the discussion on big issues like body image and feminism, bullying and gender roles, war and racism. But it touches these subjects in such a wonderful way; introducing them without preaching; prompting the reader to question and think about the way they want to live in the world. This is exactly the kind of book our young adults need and deserve.

We UK folk are seriously late to the party on this one – Piglettes has been translated from French by the author and has already won France’s biggest prize for teen and YA fiction – but I’m so very glad that Clémentine Beauvais has translated it for us and the folk at Pushkin Press have brought it over here.
28th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Piglettes 9781782691204
5 stars
Mireille is used to winning the top award for being ugly, started by her ex friend from school, Malo.

As she discovers this years ranking, falling short of winning gold, she befriends Astrid and Hakima whom become quick friends to her.

They all have a reason to get to Paris by July 14th, as on that date, Mireille's real but secret father the president's husband is part of a party of which Hakima's brother whom is an ex soldier who's lost his legs in the war, wants to raise awareness of his inquiry into events that happened out at war.

The girls all use Mireille's bike's and borrow a trailer to use to sell sausages to fund their trip as they gogo, united by their love of good food.

As they venture on, more publicity builds from stalking reporters to more social media roar about them and their journey.

Malo also surfaces along the way and causes hassle and they also experience new things from parties with alcohol to getting your first period and making memories and lasting friends or sisters.

I loved Mireille's sarcasm and humour she was a vibrant, witty and unforgettable character from the start of the book and really knew how to handle any situation thrown at them, I also loved how she called Kader, her crush 'the sun' as he's so hot to her, truly relatable to teen girls with a huge crush! The story itself had such deep meaning behind their quest as they set out to prove ugly girls are great girls and looks aren't everything as they raise money for a good cause and do it together having fun and making memories. Meanwhile the vibe of the book being about breaking standards of beauty set in schools and by society as we harshly judge each other is so true and relevant now Clementine did a great job with!
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About Clementine Beauvais

Clementine Beauvais (born 1989) is a French children's author living in the UK. She started reading children's books early, and somehow never stopped. Now she writes her own, in both French and English, for a variety of ages, and is a lecturer in English and Education at the University of York. Piglettes won four prizes in France, including the biggest child...

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