by Emily Gale; Nova Weetman
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Pub Date 9 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022
Text Publishing, Text Publishing Company
Elsewhere Girls is a fresh and feminist take on time-slip novel in the tradition of The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday in which two young swimmers: one from the modern-day and the other from the early 1900s swap places and must figure out how to fit into their new time zones and ultimately, to get home.
"Two fabulous characters working out what matters most—I love Cat and Fan so much!" Sally Rippin, author of the Billie B. Brown books
This is the story of Cat and Fan. Cat has recently started at a new school on a sports scholarship, and she’s feeling the pressure of early morning training sessions and the need for total commitment. Fan loves to swim and she lives for racing, but family chores and low expectations for girls make it very hard for her to fit in even the occasional training session.
Cat and Fan have never met. They both live in the same suburb, but in different worlds, or at least different times: Cat lives in the present, and Fan in 1908. But one day, time slips and they swap places. As each girl lives the other’s life, with all the challenges and confusion it presents, she comes to appreciate and understand herself and the role of swimming in her own life.
Narrated in alternating chapters, Elsewhere Girls is a moving and funny story of two girls with a deep connection, one based on the Olympic champion, Fanny Durack. It’s a fresh and engaging exploration of the challenges and pressures for young women growing up in the past and today.
‘An intriguing time-slip novel by two wonderful writers.’—Gabrielle Wang
‘Two fabulous characters working out what matters most—I love Cat and Fan so much!’—Sally Rippin
‘Elsewhere Girls is full of Gale and Weetman’s incisive charm and wit, and the pair’s existing middle-grade fans will happily devour this intimate, perceptive look at equality, class, women’s rights and what matters most.’—Books+Publishing
‘Gale and Weetman intertwine their unique voices to weave this heartfelt insightful and humorous tale. I loved it.’—Readings bookshop
‘Elsewhere Girls is an extremely well written book in that it feels completely realistic…Delves into themes of family, friendship, academic pressure, feminism, racism, misogyny, and injustice while interweaving historic facts and places with pure fiction. This is a must read for swimming enthusiasts, history buffs, and time-slip fans aged 10+.’—Storylinks
‘The friendship difficulties, rivalries and the business of physically and emotionally growing into womanhood, though presenting different challenges to the two girls who are living lives that are two centuries apart, still have a universal resonance and this is what attracts our young female readers to books like Elsewhere Girls and authors like Weetman and Gale.’—ReadPlus Reviews
‘Everything I hoped for and more…completely addictive, brilliant writing.’—One More Page podcast
‘Elsewhere Girls is one of those books that is, quite simply, a joy to read. It is perfectly paced, taking it’s time to explore each character and their hopes, dreams and disappointments while remaining utterly engaging.’—Children’s Books Daily
‘This book is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories about what it feels like to be someone else.’—Lydia, aged 9, Kookie
‘Whip-smart.’—Australian Women’s Weekly
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