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Fat Boy Swim [Library Binding]

Catherine Forde
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sep 2004
FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD JIMMY KELLY is “Fat Boy Fat,” the largest kid in his Scottish community, who is made to feel useless at everything. Only his family know’s he’s a whiz in the kitchen, and Jimmy’s determined to keep it that way. After all, what would people say if they discovered that “Big Blob Kelly” had one special talent and it involved food?

So when GI Joe, the toughest coach at school, finds out his secret, Jimmy’s sure he’s doomed. But, Coach proposes a deal: If Jimmy helps him, Coach will help Jimmy . . . swim. With each stroke Coach teaches him, Jimmy feels like he’s getting closer to recognizing the Shadow Shape that’s been haunting his dreams. And closer to Ellie, whose chocolate brown curls look good enough to eat. Coach and Ellie know there’s more to Jimmy than meets the eye. Now it’s time for Jimmy to stop hiding and realize it himself.

“A moving, tumultuous, roller-coaster, acid-etched story.”—The Bookseller (UK)

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385902379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385902373
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 13.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,973,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Forde's powerful, empowering and often very funny novel crackles with teenage anger and pain" The Times" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Catherine Forde was discovered on the slush pile. Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lexi cographer for Collins and taught in secondary schools. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. All her books have received wide acclaim and Fat Boy Swim won the Grampian Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award and Booktrust Teenage Prize; The Drowning Pond was nominated for the Scottish Book Award and shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award; and Skarrs was longlisted for the Carnegie. Catherine's new thriller Sugarcoated is published in April 2008.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fat Boy Swim 18 July 2012
Obese Jimmy Kelly was always getting beaten up in school by class bullies Maddo, Dog Breath and the worst, Victor. He felt terrible and could not help but express his talents in school when they do cooking. He thought everybody hated him, until he met Ellie,the girl who also got bullied all the time. Jimmy thought he was different from everybody else, but he had a dream. to swim! The problem was, when he became a professional swimmer, everybody said that he swam like his dad. That's when he found out that his family aren't who he thinks they are.

I really enjoyed this book, it's emotional, depressing and also has a moral in it: DON'T HIDE YOUR TALENTS and NEVER GIVE UP ON SOMETHING NEW. My favourite parts were when Jimmy kept having these dreams about when he was in the pool and was trying to reach a shadow shape in the deep end.

My favorite character is Jimmy because he is the one that I feel most sorry for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winner of Grampian Children's Book Award 4 Aug 2005
Format:Audio Cassette
In view of the fact that Catherine Forde won the teenagers' vote for the Grampian Children's Book Award, I had to read her winning novel Fat Boy Swim. It was perfectly clear why the book was so popular, although I think perhaps you have to be a teenager going through those horrible years of torment from others to fully appreciate it. It's certainly a feel-good book and a great incentive for anyone considerning learning to swim! The Scottish hero, Jimmy, is a very realistic character - fat and bullied, with a bitterly ironic talent for cooking which he can't openly share for fear of ridicule. Jimmy draws real sympathy from the reader and his equal triumphs over the bullies and his unhealthy lifestyle is accompanied by a darker family secret. (c)[...]
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3.0 out of 5 stars kool 14 May 2004
this book was an interesting read from the moment i opened to the first page. it takes the reader through many of the thoughts and feelings of a person who is considered overweight and consequently is taken the mick out of. it shows the emotional journey of an 'outcast' at school due to his weight, and proves that appearance isn't everything. i felt extremely sorry for Kelly as he has done no worng and yet is hated and treated differently. the book shows that anyone can be successful providing that they have the determination. i would reccomend this book to teenagers boys and girls aged 13-16. a good read!!! enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars epic ness 12 Oct 2013
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This book was good because it proves that anybody can do anything. It shows you that if a fat boy can learn to swim anybody can learn to swim
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 31 May 2013
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A good story line with a clever twist at the end. Won't give too much away because you should give it a go. Wasn't sure about the title at first but wasn't put off.
I would recommend it for ages 8 - 13
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