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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

Splash Reviews | Toppsta

  • 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 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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