Breathing Underwater by Julia Green


Breathing Underwater by Julia Green

Freya has come to visit her grandparents who live on a remote island. Last year she visited them with her brother - but last year her brother died alone in a boating accident. Whilst back on the island, Freya finds a way, with the calming presence of her grandparents and the gentle care and attention of the people around her, to adjust to the fact that her brother has gone, and that life - and love - are still vibrantly in the air. A perfect coming of age for any young girl just tipping into teenhood.


Excellent story ... from an author who, notably, has written unpatronisingly and sensitively about teenager's feelings The Bookseller Tremendously moving ... there's a real romantic animism about the book that will appeal greatly to teenage girls ... both thought-provoking and reassuring, and it comes very much recommended by me Elegiacally, and with great pathos and skill, Green charts a girl's passage from innocence to experience, from grief to acceptance Financial Times The strong sense of place and season, together with Freya's own burgeoning sense of self, gives the book its unique flavour ... Never has that sun-soaked, salt-crusted sense of teenage summer well-being been better described Mary Hoffman, Guardian

About the Author

Julia Green

Julia Green lives in Bath and has two sons. She writes fiction for children and young adults and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Julia leads creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings, including festivals and schools and for the Arvon foundation. She has worked as an English teacher in school, as a lecturer in FE, Higher and Adult Education, as a tutor for young people not in mainstream school; she has also been a publicity officer, a sub editor for a publishing company and a library assistant at a medical school in London. Julia’s novels for teenagers are published by Puffin and Bloomsbury and are translated into several languages. Tilly’s Moonlight Fox is her first novel for Oxford University Press.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

10th May 2012



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