Boy Underwater

by Adam Baron (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 11 - 13 years

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Product description

SELECTED AS WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE MONTHSHORTLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE AWARD

A heart-breaking, heart-warming novel for everyone of 10 and older – this book will probably make you cry, and will definitely make you laugh.

Cymbeline Igloo (yes, really!) has NEVER been swimming

Not ever. Not once.

But how hard can it be? He’s Googled front crawl and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready.

What he’s not ready for is the accident at the pool – or how it leads his mum to a sudden breakdown.

Now, with the help of friends old and new, Cymbeline must solve the mystery of why his mum never took him near water – and it will turn his whole life upside down…

‘A wonderful story, moving and funny’ – Ross Welford

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780008267018

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

April 5th, 2018

Lexile measure

HL730L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 6.0 points

Other details

  • 320 pages

Condition

New

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Reviews

  1. Bonnie Morton
    on 31 January 2021

    Caution...

    I bought this book with scholastic points for our elementary school library. I'm glad I read it first because it has sexual innuendo as well as explicit discussions of body parts. We don't need this in our library.

    Scholastic: We’re aware that Boy Underwater features a scene where the protagonist loses his trunks in a swimming pool, however there is no sexual innuendo around this. There are references to the technical terms for body parts, but this is mentioned in an educational “everyone has them” way. We recommend the book as 11+ which we feel is suitable for this content, but are happy to provide a refund if you are unsatisfied.

    1out of 5
  2. Samantha Thomas
    on 21 October 2018

    An emotional read!

    I read the book within a day as I was gripped. The author weaves mental health into the story from a child's perspective but all of the sad sections are met with hilariousness and fun to keep it balanced. Who would have thought that one boys need to fit in during a school swimming lesson would lead to him taking a journey of discovery and learning the truth about his family. This story has it all - friendship, courage, longing, loss and determination - making it a must read.

    4out of 5

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