Thorndike Press


  • Lisa Fipps
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432890964
  • ISBN-13: 9781432890964
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 370 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2021



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 — “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. It’s also where she can get away from her 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. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and unapologetically be her own fabulous self.

Age Range: 10-13 | Grade Level: 5-6 | Lexile Measure: NA