Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020

Jemima Small Versus the Universe

Tamsin Winter

Age: 11+


Jemima Small Versus the Universe

Age 11+

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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020, meet the funny and fearless Jemima Small in this big-hearted, whip-smart story of friendship and body confidence.

I'm going to tell you the word that ruins my entire life: BIG. Because my name is Jemima Small. But I am exactly the opposite.

Jemima Small is funny and super smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she's made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn't know is how that can be true and yet she can still feel like nothing... Or how being made to join the school's "special" healthy lifestyle group - A.K.A Fat Club - could feel any less special.

But Jemima also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. And maybe it's her time to shine...

'An empowering story about body confidence' The Observer

Engaging... A powerful antidote to casting shade.
The Sunday Times
400 pages
198 x 130mm
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Middle years (MY)
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Publication Date:
July 2019
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Tamsin Winter
Tamsin Winter grew up in a tiny village in Northamptonshire where there was nothing to do. She spent her childhood reading books and writing stories, mostly about cats. She has a degree in English literature and creative writing, and has been teaching, travelling the world and daydreaming for most of her adult life. She currently lives in Leicestershire with her son.

Find out more about Tamsin Winter


Calderdale Children's Book of the Year 2020


Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020


Hampshire Book Award 2020


Brilliant Book Awards 2021


The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020

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Tamsin Winter is fast becoming a favourite for younger teenagers [...] an empowering story about body confidence.

The Observer

A total treat to read. Jemima is a hero!

Beth Garrod, author of Super Awkward

An uplifting and heartening read to help inspire body confidence in everyone.

Sunday Express (S Magazine)

A clear-sighted look at censorious attitudes to larger bodies - especially girls' bodies... Drily funny, this touching book gives its readers permission to take up space.

The Guardian

An ode to body positivity based around funny, smart, mischievous 13-year-old Jemima, who has been picked on because of her size since she was seven.

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