Dying to be Thin by Lola Blake

Dying to be Thin

Principal category Health
Word count (approximate pages) 36,200 (150)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $3.00

“I hate being fat. I hate being thin. But most of all, I hate that I even care.”

Follow 12 year old Becky’s diary as she describes how her young life is dominated by the perceived need to follow ridiculous fashions portrayed by under-nourished models with or without subsequent ‘adjustment’ using photo-editing software. Soon enough she is lying to her family and herself about food and her weight as well as indulging in shoplifting at local stores.

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A long stay in an anorexia clinic is the turning point for this ultimately uplifting true story. Becky not only learns to recognise the illness for what it is, she also becomes aware of how it has grabbed hold of others. Dying to be Thin is not a ‘happy’ story but it is an inspiring one and would make an excellent ‘wake up’ call to any Tweenie or young teen who is getting caught up in the low self-esteem – diet – anorexia – low self-esteem vicious circle.

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Nettie’s Quest by Clare Mishica

Nettie's Quest

Principal category Children
Word count (approximate pages) 29,700 (80)
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You’ve got to be bats not to love Nettie!

Nettie is a young bat with no belief at all in her own abilities and a terminal fear of everything. Despite being sweet and well-meaning, she earns the enmity of the leader of the bat colony who also happens to be the resident bully – Cleo. It is Cleo who challenges her to the impossible feat of bringing back a dog.

Enter Weber, a half-starved furry giant of a dog who is chained up and only interested in food. However he is no match for Nettie once she spots his potential and starts rousing him.

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Will these two highly unlikely companions be friends? Can Nettie stir a canine mountain into action and take him to the little boy, back where she used to live, whose one and only wish is to have a dog? Will things ever go right for either of them?

This is a heart-warming story with a real heroine, enlivened by well-informed descriptions of the natural world.

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A Northern Life by A L Mottley

A Northern Life

Principal category Biography
Word count (approximate pages) 60,800 (160)
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What she don’t know, can’t hurt me!

Based on true life events this is a side-splittingly funny look at the life a of young mixed-race girl, Lesley, growing up in the north of England, during the 60’s and early 70’s. She lives in a noisy and cramped but nevertheless loving home along with her siblings and parents. Lesley is the eldest of six children all born within 8 years of each other and her book tells of her constant battles with her siblings and the unique relationship she shares with her ‘Mam’ – a strict and loving but, in Lesley’s eye, a ‘strange’ woman

A Northern Life covers the lives and traditions of a typical working class family, growing up on a council estate in the north of Manchester, with a twist of Caribbean flavour, courtesy of her Barbadian father.

It features typically strong northern female characters such as Mam and Nana and their outlook and views on life in general as seen from the perspective of a small child.

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Read about Whitsun and Christmas preparations and what to do when it rains – all through the author’s uniquely funny style. It also charts Lesley’s increasing ‘fed-up-ness’ at the never ending appearance of more kids in the household and her despair at having to ‘play’ with them along with her ‘hilarious’ confrontations with Mam.

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Reviews

“This author’s first book is a laugh out loud assortment of tales from her life growing up in North Manchester as the child of a mixed race marriage. She is tremendously funny in her telling of anecdotes, and stories involving her parents and grandparents, siblings and friends.”
MH, Chadderton