Swimming to the Moon by Jane Elson

Swimming to the Moon

Written by Jane Elson
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Swimming to the Moon by Jane Elson

'Just call me Bee. Please, please call me that. If you call me Beatrix Daffodil Tulip Chrysanthemum Rose Edwards I shan't answer you. I am not being rude or unfriendly, or insolent as Mrs Dixon my teacher calls me. I just don't like my name. Well, would you?' Bee stumbles through life in her stripy socks with her head in the clouds, doing her very best to keep out of the way of her bickering parents and avoid the bendy tap dancing freak Crystal Kelly - who makes her life a misery. But when Crystal double-dares her to volunteer for a sponsored swim in honour of her great grandmother Beatrix's memory, Bee can't back down. Even though she is terrified of water and cannot swim! Then new boy Moon-Star gallops to Bee's rescue on his horse and takes her to meet Old Alice, who lives in a beautiful painted wagon. As Bee enters this new world, her life is changed for ever. Finally she has an ally. Down by the promise tree the new friends make a pact - Moon Star will teach Bee to swim if Bee will teach him to read. They spit on their hands and shake on their vow and a beautiful friendship begins.


Swimming to the Moon has it all. Cleverly written in first person, characters leap from the pages as real (and wildly imaginative) as can be ... A great story with fine structure, wonderful characters and a warm happy ending. * The School Librarian * Fantastically inspirational stuff about friendships and growing up. -- Phil May * Read it Daddy * Warm and dreamy with just the right amount of quirk for young readers to identify with if they feel like outsiders * Book Trust * ...gripping story with dramatic moments leading to an intense, heart-stopping climax. -- Debbie Williams * Primary Times * I loved this book, the chapter structures, the language, the character development, the figure-of-eight shaped village, and most of all, Bee, as she gains in confidence under the supportive eye of those who show her they care. * Tanya Allsorts * Jane Elson has crafted a truly special story about overcoming fears, dealing with grief and the power of friendship. A wonderfully empathetic and moving read... * Book Lover Jo * Another brilliant book from the wonderfully talented Jane Elson * Chrissi Reads *

About the Author

After performing as an actress and comedy improviser for many years, Jane fell into writing stories and plays. A Room Full of Chocolate is her debut novel. Jane ate a lot of chocolate in the name of research and spent most of her time trying to peer round her one eyed, raggedy eared cat Larry, whom she adopted from the Celia Hammond Trust and who insists on standing in front of the computer screen. When she is not writing Jane spends her time running creative writing and comedy improvisation workshops for children with special educational needs. She is also a guest practitioner at Soho Theatre's Writer's Lab.

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320 pages


Jane Elson
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

14th July 2016



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