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Elsewhere Girls

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Elsewhere Girls
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Emily Gale
By (author) Nova Weetman
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 196,Width 130
Category/GenreMay Childrens Books
May Childrens - Fiction
ISBN/Barcode 9781922330451
Children / Juvenile

Publishing Details

Publisher Text Publishing
Imprint The Text Publishing Company
Publication Date 4 May 2021
Publication Country Australia


An exciting collaboration from two of Australia's favourite middle-grade authors It's midnight and I'm alone in the kitchen eating a cold potato scallop. Coach O'Call would say something like, 'That's not what I expect from a scholarship girl!' because I have to be up for squad training in five hours and I'm not supposed to go near potato scallops, and-oh, yeah-it's my fifth. 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. Fanny 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 Fanny have never met. They both live in the same Sydney suburb, but in different worlds, or at least different times- Cat in current-day Sydney, and Fanny 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 by Cat and Fanny, Elsewhere Girls is a moving and funny story of two girls with a deep connection, one based on the Australian 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.

Author Biography

Emily Gale and Nova Weetman are friends and writers. They both live in Melbourne-at the same time-and they love swimming. Emily has been involved in the children's book industry for twenty years. Her books include Eliza Boom's Diary, Girl, Aloud, Steal My Sunshine and The Other Side of Summer and its companion novel I Am Out with Lanterns. Nova has written thirteen books for young adults and children. Her middle grade books include the much-loved novels The Secrets We Keep, The Secrets We Share and Sick Bay.


'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 Malvern * '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 *