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The heartwarming new novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others.

It's a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That's the point.

Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones - is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she's perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food.

Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. . .

Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

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Love for BIG BONES

'Big Bones is the book I wish I'd had as a teenager and Bluebelle is a friend I wish I had today. Laura has written a beautiful love letter to some of the most important things in life: friends, family and food.' Linsdey Kelk

'Stuffed with lashings of laugh-out-loud loveliness (just wait until you read about Bum Tills...), relatable real-life truths and love in all its complicated, dizzying forms (food-love, friend-love, sisterly-love, boy-love, self-love), this is, quite simply, the best YA book about self-esteem and body image I've ever read' Lovereading

Big Bones Reviews | Toppsta

9781471406928
  • ISBN: 9781471406928
  • Pub Date: 8th March 2018
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books
  • Imprint: Hot Key Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 400

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3rd April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
This book is brilliant! Its funny and quirky and shows that big can be beautiful too! Bluebelle is a fun character, she has a love affair with food. Shes a typical teenager and is interested in boys and friends. This book will have you laughing so hard that your tummy will ache. The perfect book for teenage girls!
4th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
Brilliant book to promote positive body image for young people.
29th April '18
Caitlinjones read it themselves aged 15 aged 15
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
I really enjoyed this book and it showed how we should all be happy no matter what our size. Big is beautiful. All teenagers should read this. 
8th July '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
Lauren Dockrill's mermaid series is really popular with our students but Big Bones proves that she can write fantastic books without fantastical elements. I spend a long time searching for books that promote positive self-image and this book fits the bill perfectly. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in new British fiction and most students take me up on it once I tell them that the author is friends with Adele (and Kate Nash from GLOW!)
15th April '18
Caitlinjones read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
So so funny and such strong characters in The story. I read this in 3 days it was so good. It has made me look at ,y self esteem and confidence , a great book.
5th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
As a larger lady I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, the synopsis made me wonder if it would fat shame or make readers who were bigger feel guilty.

It doesn't.

It's a lovely book with each chapter written in a short diary entry style usually focussing around a certain food type.

There was no fat shaming or bullying, it covered the feelings of being bigger and some of the real difficulties bigger girls feel such as the pressure from nurses and family to lose weight or be like slimmer relatives but there was no trying to force strict diets or silly regimes down the readers throats it was just a heart warming, funny read about a young girl and her feelings on life and what she wants from it.
28th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
BB or Bluebelle, loves food but the trouble is her weight is what she's judged on by the doctors who examine her after a severe asthma attack and not her happiness. Unlike her sister Dove, a slim girl and opposite of Bluebelle who doesn't have to watch her weight at all.

Bluebelle makes a deal with her mum to keep the food diary her doctors request for six weeks over the holidays, so long as she can leave school and get a job. Striking a deal with her mum she starts her diary but will it work or make things worse?

Along the way her dad tries to win back their mum, Alicia at Planet Coffee becomes more bearable to be around surprisingly and Camille, Bluebelle's best friend endures her own summer holiday job before school resumes after they get their dreaded exam results!

The book tackles the issues of how we look at food, body image and self in a critical or loving way as society seems to swing from one extreme to another in view's mostly and this book shows how Bluebelle has a great sense of self not letting herself be brought down by any comments about her look or weight proving what a great main character she is as a happy, bold, bigger girl which is great!
10th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Bones 9781471406928
5 stars
This book is fabulous for promoting body confidence  in all shapes and sizes. The main character Bluebell is funny,  outgoing and loves the body she lives in but faces controversy from others which highlights some of the problems many people face today.  Great book! 
27th April '18
Mads1811 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Big Bones 9781471406928
4 stars
Madeleine enjoyed this story although it took her longer than I usual to read it. Some times she had to ask the meaning of things 
3rd May '18
Woolmer Hill read it themselves aged 11 to 16
Big Bones 9781471406928
4 stars
In my opinion, the characters in this book are easy to get attached to. For example Bluebelle (BB for short) is a girl with a confident personality but when you get furthur into the book it shows that even confident people have problems. I liked how this book was about a character who was not generic or stereotypical. Evie aged 14.
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About Laura Dockrill

 Laura Dockrill, a graduate of the Brit-school of Performing Arts, is a performance poet, an author and an illustrator. At the age of twenty-two, she was named one of The Times "Top Ten Literary Stars". She is the author of the bestselling Darcy Burdock series and Lorali. Angry Cookie is her debut picture book. ...

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