Starfish by Lisa Fipps audiobook

Starfish

By Lisa Fipps
Read by Jenna Lamia

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3.48 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593341667

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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Make room in your heart for this cathartic novel.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A must-have for libraries serving teens and tweens.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“A triumphant and poignantly drawn journey toward self-acceptance and self-advocacy.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A verse novel that shines because of Ellie’s keen and emotionally striking observations.”  Booklist (starred review)
“Jenna Lamia’s youthful narration expresses the vulnerability of eleven-year-old Ellie…Lamia delivers peers’ taunts, her brother’s verbal abuse, and her mother’s judgments, as well as Ellie’s hurt and deflation. Lamia also captures the playful wisdom of a therapist, the compassion of a new neighbor, and the constancy of Ellie's loving father.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Lisa Fipps

Author Bio: Lisa Fipps

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.48
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English