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Eating Disorders Awareness Booklist


These books all touch on the subject of eating disorders, and will help older children and teenagers to gain an understanding of eating issues.

  • Pumpkin Pie

    Author: Jean Ure
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Some unpleasant comments from girls at school and an embarrassing incident relating to her weight lead a girl to start worrying about her self-image.

  • Wintergirls

    Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 12+

    Wintergirls tells the story of Lia, a recovering anorexic whose recovery is sent spiralling out of control when her former best friend (and bulimic), Cassie, is found dead in a motel room.

  • Summer's Dream

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Thirteen year-old Summer has always been passionate about dancing, but when the chance to audition for a place at a prestigious ballet school comes her way, she feels sure her dreams are about to come true.

  • Girls Under Pressure

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 9+

    Ellie feels like the ugly duckling beside her slim, gorgeous friends Magda and Nadine. She decides to go on a diet, but she soon gets carried away with her plan to lose weight.

  • Paper Weight

    Author: Meg Haston
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 9+

    Based on experience, Meg Haston tells the story of 17-year-old Stevie and her journey into an eating disorder.

  • Butter

    Author: Erin Jade Lange
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Bullied at school, and weighing over 400 lbs, Butter feels he has nothing left to live for, and announces he will eat himself to death live on the internet.