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YA | Big Bones | Laura Dockrill | #TeamDockrill

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Laura Dockrill’s Big Bones is shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2019 and we’re championing this awesome feel-good body positive novel sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts today AND we have a giveaway.

Go #TeamDockrill !!

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The heartwarming new novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others.

It’s a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That’s the point.

Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. 

Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. . .

Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill published by Hot Key Books and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


What an inspiring and hilarious read, I actually adored this book and didn’t want to put it down! 

Big Bones follows the life of 16 year old Bluebelle on her summer holiday, through a food diary, which becomes more of a daily journal then a list of food.

The amusing combination of BB’s (aka Big Bones’) witty remarks, her relationships with loved ones and her love of food make for a charming and extremely enjoyable read.

Laura Dockrill, manages to uniquely focus on health issues related to food, but also how a zest for life and loving oneself can be just as important.  She has achieved a rapport with the reader whereby we can learn that despite today’s society’s demands for complete perfection and beauty, we are allowed to love ourselves for what we are! 

Bluebelle’s upbeat and positive energy seeps from every page, making the story not only entertaining but educational as well! 

A must read, from young to old, as a sensitive, inspiring and loving story!

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Laura Dockrill, 32, is a performance poet, author, illustrator and short-story writer. After going through her teenage diary to research her latest book, Laura realised how much she had tried to conform to beauty ideals while growing up, despite her immense love for food. Discovering her love for body positivity, Laura wrote coming-of-age story Big Bones, a teenage novel full of self-appreciation, love and gratitude that celebrates the body and Laura’s love for food. Wanting to champion her love for food and show young people that it’s OK to be themselves, it was a natural move for Laura to join the Be Real Campaign as an Ambassador.

Twitter @LauraDockrill / Instagram lauraleedockrill 

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.


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