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Galaxy Girl

You hate school. Your family is beyond annoying. Your only friend comes from a different planet, and she’s about to leave.

What’s a girl to do?

Fed up with life on Earth, Esme stows away on the spaceship taking Stella back to Planet Kratos and her adventure into a world beyond the stars begins. A world of strange creatures, thrilling journeys, heroic rescues and instant fame. Along the way she discovers that friends may be greener on the other side, but they still can’t be trusted.

Millions and billions of light years away from Earth, Esme sets in motion a plan to escape. Unfortunately for her, they aren’t about to let their prize exhibit leave anytime soon…

My Thoughts

Many of you will know I have a small and enthusiastic army of fantastic students who occasionally review books for me. This review comes from the fabulous Emily Watfield, aged 9. Thank you Emily. 

'#Galaxy Girl is funny, but beneath the humour there are some important themes which really made me think. They're not rammed down your throat though, and you don't close the book thinking 'there's a story with a message.' You do close it wanting to hug your family and be grateful for them though. 

I really like Esme - I felt I could relate to her. She goes on a great adventure, all the way across the universe, but somehow she manages to stay grounded.  

I liked the format with the letters and everything, sometimes they were funny and sometimes they were sad. 

I think this would be a good read for year 6s or year 7s and would be a nice one to have in the school library as it gives you lots to think about and lots to talk about. It's great fun too.'

Big thanks to Bev Smith for the book and even bigger thanks to nine year old Emily Watfield for her fantastic review. 

You can order #Galaxy Girl from your local library or independent bookshop, or find it on line by following these links:-

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US - 

The Author

Bev Smith has been a secondary school teacher, saleswoman, waitress, wages clerk, youth worker and holiday park entertainments manager. She has scuba dived the Barrier Reef, lived in a village in Namibia, worked for a charity in Thailand, flown over Victoria Falls and paddled in the sea at Bournemouth.

Having single-parented her three daughters, she’s been ferociously playing catch up with this writing lark. She recently completed a Masters in Writing for Children at Winchester University. #galaxygirl is her debut middle-grade book.

You can find Bev at:- 


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