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Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

Big Bones

Laura Dockrill

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Hot Key Books
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 8 Mar 2018
ISBN: 9781471406928

The heartwarming new novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others. It's a food diary.

1 Prize for Big Bones

YA Book Prize
2019 Shortlist

Caroline Carpenter, The Bookseller's web editor and one of the panel of judges said: "We’re delighted to share this year’s YA10, showcasing the breadth and brilliance of YA publishing in the UK and Ireland today. Among the submissions, we saw three main trends: books about teenagers struggling with their mental health, books set in or around water, and books increasingly concerned with borders. These timely themes reflect some of the biggest issues facing not just young people, but also society in general at the moment, and they are all represented on the shortlist in some way. I’m excited to see which book the judges select as their victor.”


4 stars out of 5
1 Feb 2019

"a truly refreshing read"

...a truly refreshing read, and Bluebelle is a wonderful, honest and utterly hilarious narrator to fall in love with. This book will make readers think about body image in a whole new way... Laura Dockrill has such a unique writing style and her poetic freshness is a joy to behold. One second, you are laughing big belly laughs at her turn of phrase, and the next, you are crying There is so much food for thought in Big Bones, making it a book for teenagers to savour, and, above all, enjoy.

3 stars out of 5
Suzi Feay
30 Mar 2018

"very witty"

A know-it-all teenager, Bluebelle, aka BB or Big Bones, has all the answers when it comes to being overweight... Attempts by health professionals or her mother to get her to address the issue are just so much blah, blah, blah — until a no-nonsense nurse calls her “obese” and hands her a food diary to fill in... BB mostly uses the diary to address her life and those around her in superior terms. She’s insufferable — but also very witty. Plot-wise, the novel is as inert as the wordy narrator and, like her, only really gets moving towards the end.