Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde
  

Fat Boy Swim

Written by Catherine Forde

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It’s a deal with the devil. Jimmy "Fat Boy Fat" Kelly, a 14-year-old boy mercilessly teased at school and completely inept at sports, has been commissioned by Father "GI Joe" Joseph, the unforgiving sports coach, to make food for a fundraiser. In exchange for Jimmy’s cooking, GI Joe will teach Jimmy how to swim. Swimming, Jimmy feels, is in his blood, no matter how many times his mother tells him that no one in his family can swim. Be sure to also check out Firestarter, Sugarcoated and Skarrs.

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Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde

It’s a deal with the devil. Jimmy "Fat Boy Fat" Kelly, a 14-year-old boy mercilessly teased at school and completely inept at sports, has been commissioned by Father "GI Joe" Joseph, the unforgiving sports coach, to make food for a fundraiser. In exchange for Jimmy’s cooking, GI Joe will teach Jimmy how to swim. Swimming, Jimmy feels, is in his blood, no matter how many times his mother tells him that no one in his family can swim.

Reviews

* On Fat Boy Swim, The Times said: 'Powerful, empowering... crackles with teenage anger and pain'; The Sunday Telegraph said: (this book) 'should be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country'; Bookseller said: 'This is a moving, tumultuous, roller-coaster, acidetched story (with) a galaxy of distinctive, memorable characters.' * On Tug of War the Independent said: 'Another gripping story... from an author who never disappoints'; Books for Keeps said: 'A raw and perceptive story'; Sunday Telegraph said 'Delicious'. * On Firestarter the Bookseller said: 'A gripping and edgy thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.' * On The Drowning Pond the Guardian said: 'Bitingly plausible... a gripping page-turner'; the Glasgow Herald said: 'Expertly crafted... characters full of bite.' * On Skarrs the Guardian said: 'A novel that is both troubling and inspirational.'

About the Author

Catherine Forde

Catherine Forde is one of Egmont's new star authors. Her first Egmont book, Fat Boy Swim, received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of growing up in today's world: 'Fat Boy Swim should be force-fed to every secondary chool child in the country', said Dinah Hall (Sunday Telegraph).

Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lexicographer for Collins and taught in secondary schools. She currently lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. Catherine's next novel, Skarrs, is published this August.

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Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Catherine Forde
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Publisher

Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

7th August 2003

ISBN

9781405279314

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