By Kim Kane

A tale approximately becoming in and discovering the power to be yourself.

Olive is an basically baby. She lives by means of the ocean in a ramshackle outdated apartment together with her mom, Mog—successful, busy, and rarely at domestic. Olive is especially light and intensely quiet and he or she doesn’t relatively slot in. yet she has a ally, Mathilda, and that’s what concerns. after which Mathilda comes to a decision to be an individual else’s ally.

Just as lifestyles particularly can’t get a lot worse, Pip exhibits up. Brash, loud Pip, who's every thing that Olive isn't really, and is set to reason Olive an entire heap of trouble—and open her as much as an entire global of probabilities.

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, Olive repeated to herself that afternoon in English, over and over. Silly kids’ mantra. indd Sec1:49 26/2/08 8:25:33 AM stone. Whenever she felt teary, Olive groped around the inside of her desk, pretending to look for something essential in its deepest corners. She bit the inside of her mouth until it hurt. Olive sat, an island surrounded by a stretch of cream linoleum. There was nobody near her; nobody wanted to be. That was the thing about being dumped: it was contagious.

Olive noted which web pages were new and printed them out for her diary. She liked to keep track of Mog like that; it made Mog feel closer. When Olive had finished, she switched off the computer. The house fell poison-still. Maybe I should just catch a taxi to Mathilda’s after all, she thought. Maybe the Grahams didn’t really disapprove of her. It could be lovely. indd Sec1:29 26/2/08 8:25:30 AM up picture hooks, carving the roast lamb and helping himself to chutney. Then she and Mathilda could sit in the drawing room while Mr Graham read to them from ‘His Dark Materials’.

Olive left them where they fell. indd Sec1:40 26/2/08 8:25:31 AM 6 Then Dumped The next morning at school, conversation was dominated by tales of the Christmas barbeque picnic. Mathilda told everyone how her family and Amelia Forster’s family had sat on rugs next to each other. The girls had snuggled in under a blanket while Mr Graham pointed out crosses and saucepans and pink planets in the sky. Olive had stared at the stars one night herself with Mr Graham, trying to find those exact constellations.

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