Starfish Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A Printz Honor Winner!
Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this poignant debut novel-in-verse.
Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth-birthday party, she's been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules - like "no making waves", "avoid eating in public", and "don't move so fast that your body jiggles". And she's found her safe space - her swimming pool - where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It's also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie's weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life - by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 28 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 09, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,344 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Poetry & Nursery Rhymes for Children
#117 in Children's Books on Bullying
#295 in Growing Up & Facts of Life for Children
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2021
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All Ellie wanted was to be seen, heard and treated like a human.
I was ecstatic when Ellie took steps with her new therapist to help herself (Weight of Words) and she slowly came around with learning to be heard and realize her actual value. (One of the best parts was when she finally got her words out to her mom). I loved the fact that she had her notebook to spill her words of pain out and confront so valiantly. I could go on and on because I enjoyed the amount of descriptive verse on each page that captured Ellie’s words perfectly of how she felt about her self, her weight, and most of all -how others made her feel.
A great read Lisa(!) and what a lifeline you’ve supplied to so many in this wonderful heartfelt book! Bravo -