Big Bones


Bluebelle, BB, ‘Big Bones’ is charged with keeping a food diary. Bluebelle says she is not bothered about being fat, yet her sister disagrees. She counters that Bluebelle continually seeks reassurance about her body. We watch and read her diary as it forms.

From canned tuna to shepherd’s pie, BB opines about food. She plans her own cafeteria, working up to asking her Planet Café boss, Alicia, for an opportunity to become an apprentice rather than continuing into sixth form. Her café would have muffins and millionaire’s shortbread and not a single glitter sprinkled cupcake. BB has been planning this café for years, from the time she used to play bum tills with Dove (one of the funniest sequences I’ve read in a while!)

Bluebelle, ‘Big Bones‘ is a loving, vulnerable, exasperating, warm and wonderful character. The ride across a sticky summer with her is joyous, frustrating and vibrant. We recommend ‘Big Bones‘ unequivocally to all our older readers.


Big Bones

Laura Dockrill

(Hot Key Books)

B.B. Bluebelle, ‘Big Bones‘. Whichever way you put it, Bluebelle needs to make some changes over the summer. Within the food diary that she must keep, we see her seek an apprenticeship at Planet Café and consider an exercise routine. There’s Max to obsess over, food plans to make, friends and sister to share with. What will ‘Big Bones’ Bluebelle learn about herself through the diary she keeps over one summer?


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