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The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird

Written by Arabella Weir
Part of the Tabitha Baird Series

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One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Debut of the Month New-to-school thirteen-year-old Tabitha Baird is determined to be super-cool, to make some great best-friends. However, to do so she must reinvent herself and, in particular, keep her super-dull and dysfunctional family from all potential friends. Even before she has arrived at Heathside Academy she has chopped up her school skirt to make it look better. She soon changes her name, refashions her hair and develops a classroom style that brings delighted uproar from her fellow pupils. But can Tabitha keep her friends away from the truth about her drunken father, her mother’s lifestyle blog, her Gran and her beloved dog? Let alone her annoying younger brother. Tabitha’s teen anxieties are hilariously recorded in the sure touch of actress and comedian Arabella Weir.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Peace, age 9 - 'This book really reminded me of another – Turning to Jelly...I give this book 10 out of 10.' Read full review >
  • Isabelle Wood, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird...I rate it 8/10 Because it was amazing!' Read full review >
  • Kaya B, age 17 - 'Overall, a funny story with serious elements, perfect for young teens.' Read full review >
  • Sylvie, age 8 - 'There were lots of funny bits...Arabella is a very good writer!' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 12 - 'The plot line was good because it wasn't guessable and had a totally unexpected ending.' Read full review >


The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird by Arabella Weir

When 13-year-old Tab Baird starts at a new school, she's determined to be the coolest, most popular girl there - whatever it takes. She adjusts her school skirt so it's just the right length. She has enough attitude to make it into the in-crowd. She even gets the attention of the hottest guys. But it's not easy being uber-cool. No one must find out that her mum, brother and her have moved into her gran's house, so she tries to persuade Gran to pose as a house-keeper. And if anyone discovers her mum's blog - about her teenage daughter - it'll be the ultimate in social death.


First in a series, it's just as you'd expect (in a good way); very warm and funny, tackling classic teen issues of popularity and family break ups. The Bookseller Witty, wise and wonderful ... such fun! Miranda Hart

About the Author

Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir is an actress, writer and comedian. She is best known for her appearances in The Fast Show. She's written for the Guardian, Independent and Mail, and is on radio and TV regularly. She has also written several books, including the international bestseller, Does My Bum Look Big in This?, but this is her first book for children/teens. She lives in North London with her two teenage children.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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Piccadilly Press Ltd an imprint of Templar Publishing

Publication date

2nd October 2014




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