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Fat Boy Swim [Paperback]

Catherine Forde
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Book Description

6 Feb 2012

From award-winning author, Catherine Forde, comes Fat Boy Swim, a story that will make you realise that anything is possible.

Jimmy Kelly is fat. Lardy. Ginormous. Clinically obese. Inside, Jimmy doesn't feel like Smelly Kelly, Fat Boy Fat. He's just normal. His bedroom's a pit. His feet stink. He hates getting up on school mornings. If any of his classmates bothered to talk to him, instead of slagging him off, they'd find he was just as clued up as they were on films, on books, on telly, even on sport. But he wouldn't tell them that his secret talent is cooking. And Jimmy has another secret that even he doesn't know yet. A secret that will change him forever.

Catherine Forde – author of Sugarcoated, Skarrs and Firestarter returns with a brilliant, bittersweet story of first love, forgiveness and a family coming to terms with the past. A gripping, emotive and insightful book for young adults.

“Powerful, empowering . . . crackles with teenage anger and pain” – The Times

“Should be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country” – The Sunday Telegraph

“This is a moving, tumultuous, roller-coaster, acid-etched story (with) a galaxy of distinctive, memorable characters” - Bookseller

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey; Reprint edition (6 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781405239660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405239660
  • ASIN: 1405239662
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* On Fat Boy Swim, The Times said: 'Powerful, empowering... crackles with teenage anger and pain'; The Sunday Telegraph said: (this book) 'should be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country'; Bookseller said: 'This is a moving, tumultuous, roller-coaster, acidetched story (with) a galaxy of distinctive, memorable characters.' * On Tug of War the Independent said: 'Another gripping story... from an author who never disappoints'; Books for Keeps said: 'A raw and perceptive story'; Sunday Telegraph said 'Delicious'. * On Firestarter the Bookseller said: 'A gripping and edgy thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.' * On The Drowning Pond the Guardian said: 'Bitingly plausible... a gripping page-turner'; the Glasgow Herald said: 'Expertly crafted... characters full of bite.' * On Skarrs the Guardian said: 'A novel that is both troubling and inspirational.'"

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.

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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
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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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