Girl 16: Pants on Fire by Sue Limb

Girl 16: Pants on Fire

Written by Sue Limb

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Jess has just spent a perfect summer having at last become an ‘item’ with Fred. Feeling pretty cool about everything, she’s actually looking forward to going back to school and to all the fun things they’ll do together – especially perfecting a comedy routine for the school entertainment. But then Fred causually says he’s not sure he wants to be going out with her, and everything in Jess’s life begins to go wrong. Sue Limb has the perfect touch for this funny and painfully accurate take on teenage life. A fine sequel to Girl,15: Flirting for England and Girl Nearly 16: Absolute Torture.


Girl 16: Pants on Fire by Sue Limb

Jess and Fred are finally an 'item'. Until, one fateful morning in the park just before term starts when Fred casually mentions that he is not sure that he wants to go out with Jess any more, and Jess is outraged! A funny addition to the "Girl, 15" series.


Praise for the Jess Jordan stories: Limb's heroine is cleverer than Rennison's, less bonkers than McKay's, but just as captivating The Times Very funny and sharply observed, this is the kind of book no teenage girl should be without The Bookseller Amidst the slapstick, Limb weaves such themes as friendship and rivalry, the importance or not of appearances and so forth ... this is pink lit that girls (and boys with a copy in a plain wrapper) will love Books for Keeps Hilarious and spot-on how it captures those boyfriend blues Mizz

About the Author

Sue Limb

Sue Limb is the bestselling author of the Girl, 15 books featuring Jess Jordan. Her other children’s books include Come Back, Grandma, which was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Sue lives on a remote organic farm near Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Chocolate SOS, published by Bloomsbury in January 2012, is another side-splittingly funny story featuring the crazy confessions of charming but insane Jess Jordan.

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A Q & A with Sue Limb

Q. Where do you get inspiration from?

A. I always set my books in places familiar to me. Otherwise it would be like taking an exam in Physics without ever opening a textbook! I admire writers such as Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling who can let their imaginations fly into the most amazing fantasy. But I do like my own arena: everyday comedy.

A. I think I write to amuse myself and to keep myself interested in a character. I’m always delighted and rather surprised when I hear from readers that they’ve enjoyed a book. When I was younger, if I was stuck with a book I used to imagine I was writing it as a kind of letter to amuse somebody I fancied. I suppose this would make me pull out all the stops and try my very best to impress! But nowadays I have become a bit more chilled out about life. I don't get wild crushes these days, although sometimes I dream that famous old men are kind to me…(Bill Clinton, David Attenborough, if you really want to know.)

A. If a character is interesting, and she or he has a plan or an agenda, and then obstacles crop up which interfere with the plan, the plot will take care of itself.

A. Sometimes I just have a character with an ambition - the ambition can be very minor - and then just take it from there. I think it's always useful to have surprises in a story - somebody behaving very differently from normal because of a secret reason....

A. No! I never do. Many writers feel their characters take over and grab the steering wheel! I've only just completely rewritten a book (Zoe and Chloe: Out to Lunch) because the outline I had originally sketched out didn't work, and I realised I had to start at the beginning again and move one of the characters across a whole continent so he could participate in the story more.

A. It should unfold with surprises, grip you and involve you. The character or characters should be interesting people you would like to meet. You should, when reading it, be unaware of your immediate surroundings and find the book really hard to put down.

A. If you're still at school, your English teacher. I have editors at my publishers who do that kind of thing for me. My daughter (who is 22 so was recently a teenager) offers helpful advice when she thinks my choice of words is too old-fashioned.

A. Send it to publishers and agents, and if it keeps getting rejected, just keep on sending it.

A. Follow the advice in The Writers and Artists' Yearbook. Always present your manuscript double spaced and only on one side of the paper!

A. "Give your characters difficulties and don't try too hard to be funny all the time." Oh – and never stop reading, and as you read, notice how other writers are working.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

3rd April 2006




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