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Starfish

Starfish

Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this poignant debut novel-in-verse.

Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules–like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.” And she’s found her safe space–her swimming pool–where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It’s also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie’s weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life–by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.

Titulo:Starfish
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781984814500
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  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    ***Made it to TOP 10 favourites of 2021***Yes, no one understands you. Not even your family.Let me cry tonight.I feel you, girl. I feel you.This book is one classic example of how things start from ou...

  • Gary Anderson

    In Starfish (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021), the middle grade novel-in-verse from debut author Lisa Fipps, Ellie is bullied about her weight both at home and at school. Of course, it bothers Ellie—espec...

  • Ashlie Elizabeth

    I read this entire galley in a single sitting and finished with tears pouring down my cheeks. This book is blunt and beautiful. There are literally a dozen people I want to buy copies for. I love the ...

  • Robin

    This book is gutting and uplifting and empowering. I devoured it. I love the messages in here about loving yourself, sticking up for yourself and showing kindness. I want to buy five thousand more cop...

  • Jennie Smith

    This book is a much needed book for all ages. Ellie is a character that anyone who has been made fun of overtly or subtlety for their body can relate to. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will fal...

  • Cynthia

    Some books are just therapy. They’re the books you needed as a kid. They’re the books you need right now. Giving Starfish five stars feels like a disservice to the powerful piece of fiction that i...

  • Lorie Barber

    Equally heartbreaking and breathtaking, made even more so by the author’s choices to write in free-verse 1st person. Ellie’s story will resonate with so many middle graders. But it is the ones who...

  • Julie

    I am going to need some time to silently weep about this one. I’ll be over in the corner in a ball...then I will rise up into my Starfish stance. Powerful middle grade novel in verse out next month....

  • Becky

    Oh, how I enjoyed this! I got my hands on this book in the late afternoon and read it all in the same day. Though I do not typically enjoy free verse, Lisa Fipps uses the form masterfully in this nov...

  • mihkaila

    Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for gifting me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review Starfish follows Ellie, a girl being bullied because of her weight. Her Texan school is full of fa...

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