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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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9781788001700
  • ISBN: 9781788001700
  • Pub Date: 5th July 2018
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 208

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3rd September '18
GirlsRule read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Splash 9781788001700
5 stars
This is a much needed book I recommend to 8-12 year olds. This book is the best for swimmers (or swimming lovers) and people who like Jacqueline Wilson style books. It includes a fair bit of swimming but also life at school. This book can help you if you're being bullied and boost your confidence in lots of things (including swimming). The story line is: There is a year 6 girl called Molly and she wants to be an amazing swimmer. Her best friend Chloe says that it is not cool and babyish. For the fear that she will lose her best friend in the transition to Senior school Molly tries to act Chloe-ish and cool by hurting other people ie her other friends. And her mum suddenly appears again just as suddenly as she left. Molly's mum is a bad influence on her and tries to drag her away from her own life... 
A book I think every 8-12 year old girl should read!
18th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Splash 9781788001700
5 stars
I loved this book!! It had me hooked from the beginning and it was easy to connect and relate with the main character, Molly. I must say though I am a bit unsure about the age it is directed at. I would recommend to Year 6 only and even only those who are mature. It covers body confidence matters and my fear is that it may be upsetting for some children or spark own body concerns. Having said this, if children read through to the end it turns these concerns into a positive - that people are built differently especially those who participate in sports because they are shapely with muscle. The book sends positive messages about appearance to readers alongside presenting them with an ambitious story about  family life and challenges. It is a must read! 
15th August '18
I read it to Hstar aged 10 aged 10
Splash 9781788001700
5 stars
This is a brilliant book that I shared with my 10 year old.  It follows Molly and her group of friends and that difficult transition period from Junior to Secondary school when children start to grow up but not all at the same time.  It handles delicate subjects about friendship, bullying and self esteem in a way that children can relate to.  It really helps children to think differently about how their actions and words can impact others.  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.
29th August '18
Cbow read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Splash 9781788001700
5 stars
This is an excellent book. I received it after winning a Toppsta Giveaway and this book has really boosted my self confidence. With Molly wanting to become a champion swimmer but her friend telling her its not cool. Molly practices in secret until her mum who left her when she was 3 turns up at her door and her whole life turns into a whirlwind. READ THIS BOOK. 
17th August '18
AmeliaJane read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Splash 9781788001700
5 stars
Amelia really loved this book and read it within a few days.  She is also a keen swimmer and a 10 year old girl so was able to relate to the book really well.  She said it’s was exciting, interesting and completely relatable. She has asked me to look up the author for more books by them as she said the style of writing was really good and made her want to read on.
8th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Splash 9781788001700
5 stars
This is a must read book - I was hooked from the first chapter and I didn't put it down till I finished. Molly is a lovely girl who tries to fit in. Her best friend Chloe doesn't help with her nasty comments neither her mum who came back to Molly's life after she left her a few years ago. Fortunately she's surrounded by bunch of people who care about her and help Molly to overcome her fears.

Adults like to tell children to "ignore them" when it comes to being teased or bullied but that is not always so easy.This book gives a real and sympathetic insight into problems which are faced by many teenage girls. This is definitely an amazing book for children who are dealing with self esteem issue and bullying at school.
18th September '18
Mads1811 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Splash 9781788001700
4 stars
This book was really exciting, I didn’t like molly at first or her friend but by the end of the book I really did like molly
3rd June '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to chicken444 aged 12 aged 12
Splash 9781788001700
4 stars
I received this as an uncorrected proof from Nosy Crow. This does not affect my review.

This is the story of Molly, a Y6 girl with secret ambitions to swim like a champion. Why secret? Because her best friend Chloe says it's babyish...and that Molly is fat.

Splash is being promoted as a body image story, which will definitely strike a chord with lots of readers. That issue is handled carefully and is not a deep dive into body dysmorphism or eating disorders, more a look at the way these things can start just from a few comments, at ages adults hate to consider. I warmed to Molly and her lovely family straight away, and she is lucky that her family don't have any hangups about weight.

For both myself and my daughter (Y7), though, it was the excellent demonstration of "relational aggression" that stood out for us - aka mean girls. It's certainly not just a high school thing, I've seen it in much younger girls in the classroom - but as my daughter says, it can be particularly hard in Y6. Friends who know us intimately also know our deep loves and deep insecurities and these can become weapons - sometimes deliberately, sometimes inadvertently when they need to lash out. She wishes she'd had it last year before starting high school, and I would recommend it for Y5-6 as a supportive read for transition worries and friendship difficulties. I'll be buying a copy for our school library as I'll be keeping the proof for my younger daughter!

For parents I'd recommend Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons as a supportive book to read alongside Splash.
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