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Jemima Small Versus the Universe

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Jemima Small just wants to be like other girls. She hates being called "Jemima Big", being forced to join the school health group - aka Fat Club - and that she can't apply for her favourite TV show without worrying everyone will laugh. But she also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. So maybe it's her time to shine.

A brilliantly funny and touch
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 11th 2019 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
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Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE plucky Jemima Small.

What a great message about self-confidence and body positivity!!

I am handing this off to my daughter immediately.
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
This was such a wonderful heartwarming book about body positivity and self-esteem!
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish I had had Jemima around when I was a young teen. It's a book that I could have really done with then, yet never seemed to find.

Karen Barber
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jemima Small is a big character. She has so much going for her - kind, loyal, knowledgeable - but in her mind these count for little. This is because Jemima is overweight. For years she has had peers ridicule her, mock her size and basically try to destroy her confidence.
When we first meet Jemima it’s hard not to feel sympathy for her. Whatever your view on the best way to support children with health issues, nobody should have to put up with the comments she experiences. When Jemima and s
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had seen this book quite a lot on Instagram and it had been getting very good reviews, with everyone loving it!!
When I finally got around to reading it, I just couldn’t stop, it was amazing, a must read!!
Jemima Small is one of the most wonderful characters I have ever read about. She is having a lot of problems at school with bullying and also being forced to join the ‘healthy eating club’ and some things at home aren’t much better.
The way that this book is written is brillia
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this is the kind of book you wish you'd read/had as a kid
Oriana Blyth (_head_in_a_book)
All I can say is WOW!!!!! This book was absolutely brilliant!!!!!! As someone who was horrendously bullied during my time at school I found this book completely relatable but heartbreaking at the same time.
I couldn’t believe how cruel some of the characters were to Jemima just because of her weight. But her courage and strength of character must be admired! She’s an absolute rockstar in my opinion and an inspiration all at the same time!! The ending was brilliant and naturally I cried....but th
Bettina Haddon
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured Jemima Small versus the Universe in a day. I fell in love with Jemima almost instantly. Less than a chapter in I felt a protective maternal instinct over her and was angered at how she was being treated. The story raised some difficult memories for me, but was written so beautifully and left me with a sense of empowerment and hope. I love Jemima’s sass and she reminded me of my daughter at times. The world can be difficult for anyone who sees themselves as “different” at times but thi ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you`ve been following this blog or me for a while, you`ll very likely know who Tamsin Winter is and that her first book Being Miss Nobody was one of my favourite reads in 2017. I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of her second book which I feel like I`ve been waiting forever on, and I was even more thrilled that I loved it as well. It`s about a girl called Jemima who is grappling with body confidence after she starts noticing the way in which some people treat her because of her ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jemima Small hates how she looks bigger than the other girls and her surname, small for being her opposite.

She's proudly smart and is excited when an opportunity to take part in Braniacs her favourite TV show arises she's happy but at the same time, everything said to her by the kids, bullies, strangers all builds up.

Jemima has a great best friend in Miki who never fails to stick up for her while her old best friend Alina ditched her to hang out wi
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is now a favourite of mine. It's a book I wish was around when I was younger.

Jemima is smart and funny, two things I love in a main character. Since she was about seven, people, strangers, have made her feel uneasy within herself because of her bigger size - seven! In the present (age 13), one particular student at her school is bullying her - I say out of jealously because Jemima is so smart! I loved reading about all the cool facts Jemima knows. I loved how she is so incredibl
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a rip-roaring revelation. I adored it so so much. Meet Jemima Small, a young girl who is anything but small. She’s big and people like to pick on her for it. I loved this because it didn’t shy away from the truth about being a young, fat kid. You do get bullied, people do say things, you do get looks. I have been Jemima. I can’t wait to put this in the hands of so many young people and tell them you can be whoever you want because you are PERFECT just the way you are. Absolutely mag ...more
Jessikah Stenson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
Tamsin Winter is incredibly talented. Jemima Small is EVERYTHING I was looking for in a character and her hilarious but poignant family dynamics are wonderful. This is such an important book and I hope it finds its way into the hands of many young readers.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jemima Small is SUCH a lovable and warm character, as is the whole plot of this story. Heartwarming and optimistic, and body positive. Could be read at any age despite the young character. Recommend 11+
Lorienne Brown
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those essential books every child should read, and maybe even their parents.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, fiction
It's not the usual choice of a book for me. I tend to ignore books for teens just because I immediately think of something like the Twilight saga (ok, I liked it as a teen but tried to reread about 6 years ago and I recall the great suffering). But I wanted something easy and it was displayed in the lib. I read the synopsis and decided to give it a go. Issues regarding body image and confidence in yourself are the topics I can deeply relate so I wanted to find out how this is addressed in YA lit ...more
Rebecca Rouillard
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All hail the new Judy Blume! A wonderfully life-affirming story about learning to love yourself. Brilliant!
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really powerful story of the impact our words and actions can have on others. Thought provoking and clever - a must in every senior school library!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, read-2019
One day at the beach Jemima Small realised she had the 'wrong' type of body. Since then she has wanted to be small, be unnoticed. She focuses on school, because education doesn't care about size, even if her classmates do. But then she gets a letter from the school inviting her to a 'fat club' and there is her proof that the school feels the same way as everyone else. When the school presents her with the chance to appear on her favourite TV show Brainiacs shies away because people don't want to see peop ...more
Grace Machon
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I might move this to 4 stars when I have thought about it a little more

As a long time fat person I actually found this book confronting in way I didn’t expect from a young teen book, uncomfortable even and maybe it’s just me. But I didn’t find it that uplifting. More like it’s okay to be fat if you are also INCREDIBLY talented.

It was well written Jemima felt like a very bright but real 12 year old most of the time and her kooky Aunty provided some lovely comic relief.
Lorraine Kehoe
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful story highly recommend it for anyone with young people or teenagers who are body conscious such a lovely story that promotes a healthy relationship with body and mind and funny too
Clarissa A Anderson
Fantastic read and addresses relevant issues our youth are dealing with. We read it for our YA book club. Thank you! Well writen with enough twists and turns to keep our youth reading (they don't like reading - it is not cool lol)! - AuthorClarissa aka TutorClarissa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book made me smile the whole way through.  It manages to be simultaneously funny, cute, and empowering.  It also features the immortal line, "He got suspended last year for sellotaping two Year Eights together."  What's not to love?
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book and jemimas character, what an amazing message about body confidence and positivity :)
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-acceptance
I loved the story and characters
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for children going to secondary school and parents!
Victoria Marks
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love Tamsin's writing - perfect mix of humour and tackling tough topics which will resonate with teenagers and adults alike.

Jemima is my kind of hero!
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story.
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"Tamsin Winter is fast becoming a favourite for younger teenagers, chronicling those first years at secondary school with warmth and honesty."
- The Observer

Tamsin Winter grew up in a tiny Northamptonshire village where she spent her childhood reading books and writing stories. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university, and has taught English at secondary l