The Book That Made Me: Jeremy Strong 13/07/20
Jemima Small Versus the Universe
Jemima Small is brilliant. She knows more stuff about more things than almost anyone she knows. Which means she should be an ideal candidate to make it through the selection process for her favourite TV quiz show, Brainiacs.
But being mocked by bullies and selected for the school’s healthy lifestyle group (aka Fat Club) have made her feel invisible. After all, why on earth would anyone want to watch a girl as big as her on TV?
Jemima’s journey towards self-acceptance is painful and takes every ounce of courage she can muster but, with the help of her best friend and an inspirational adult, she might just get there.
Jemima’s story should be compulsory reading for anyone who has thought to judge someone else for their size, appearance, intellect or anything else. Fighting bullying and discrimination is everyone’s responsibility and books like this help to encourage debate and achieve positive outcomes.
A compelling, empowering tale about a big girl, small minds and self-discovery.