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Three French girls find joie de vivre en vélo and liberté, égalité, sororité in this fabulously funny tale of female friendship and empowerment.
Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2019
Suffused in the exuberance of a yellow-jersey-wearing cyclist freewheeling down the Champs-Élysées with a bottle of Champagne, this wildly witty novel tells of three fine young women who rise above body-shaming bullies to become Queens of the Mountain.
Likened to Jean-Paul Sartre - “squinty old man, atrociously ugly” – Mireille has been voted one of the ugliest girls in her school in the cruel “Pig Pageant” Facebook poll, but she’s not going to take this lying down. Rather, she seeks out the two other “Little Piglettes”, Astrid and Hakima, and they strike up sisterly bond.
Sometimes fate conspires in fortuitous ways and here the girls realise that key aspects of their lives will conflate at the president’s Élysée Palace party. Quite simply, the Three Little Piglettes must go to the ball and so they embark on a voyage à vélo to Paris, funding their trip by selling homemade saucisson. First covered by local news, their journey goes viral, which sees them enveloped in a peloton of national interest. What an inspired, amusing, enchanting ride this is.
Piglettes won four prizes in France, including the biggest book prize for young adult fiction, the Prix Sorcières. Film and stage versions are also in production. Now Clémentine has translated her book into English.
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“Maybe this is what it feels like to be beautiful – I’ve always noticed that beautiful people attract all the smiles and all the Hey, you all rights. We don’t like to see beautiful people not being all right. Ugly people, though – of course they’re not all right, they’re ugly.”
Mireille, Astrid and Hakima have just been voted the three ugliest girls in school by their classmates on Facebook. But does that mean they're going to sit around crying about it?... Well, maybe a little, but not for long! Climbing onto their bikes, the friends set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris. The girls will find fame, friendship and happiness on their journey, and still have time to eat a mountain of food (and drink the odd glass of wine) along the way. But will they really be able to leave all their troubles behind?
‘Brilliant and bonkers and incredibly charming’ Lisa Williamson
‘A triumph of a book; so funny, so original, so sharp, so warm’ Katherine Rundell
‘Pithy, powerful, laugh-out-loud funny’ Cathy Cassidy
‘This book is a treasure… I absolutely adored this story’ Jennifer Mathieu
‘A pure and wonderful delight – cycling, sausages and feminism’ Harriet Reuter Hapgood
‘A superbly original reimagining of the road-trip novel, skewering societal obsessions with appearance’ Guardian
‘Warm-hearted, uplifting and an excellent lesson in handling online bullies’ Sunday Express
‘J’adore… A life-affirming, coming of age read’ Red Magazine
'A masterpiece of acerbic wit, a sharp comedy, full of life... The sort of novel that gives you wings' Telerama
'A jubilant novel that will make you smile. A true joy' Le Monde
'Stands out for its humorous style, ridiculing cruelty, malice and obsession with physical appearance. The most beautiful novel of the season' Elle
'A joyful novel, a superb victory of intelligence over crass stupidity... 270 pages of happiness!' Livresse des mots
'An explosion of joy, humour, life and reality... I couldn't have hoped for any more. This novel is a unique marvel' Le souffle des mots
'I will never be able to do justice in words to all the emotions that flooded me when I read Three Little Piglettes. A wave of love and laughter, a melting heart. My readers, I tell you: this book is a nugget of gold' Mille vies en une
|Publication date:||28th June 2017|
|Publisher:||Pushkin Children's Books|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Romance / Relationship Stories|
Clementine Beauvais writes for both the UK and French market. Her books written in English include the Sesame Seade series (Hodder) and the Royal Babysitters series (Bloomsbury) and her bestselling French book, The Three Piglettes, will be published by Pushkin Press in 2017. She is an award-winning author in France and In Paris with You (French title Songe a la Douceur) has been in the bestseller charts since it was published, selling 30,000 copies in the first three months. Clementine lives and works in York, UK. Read a Q&A with the author here.More About Clementine Beauvais