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The New Girl

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Cathy Fisher

Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories School Stories

LoveReading View on The New Girl

Award-winning Nicola Davies captures a child’s perception of the arrival of a new child in the school.

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2021

In a spare, poetic text, Nicola Davies shows how easy it is to label someone as ‘different’ and how easy it is to treat them badly once that has been done. But she also shows how a new child can turn that hostility round by introducing the special things from her own life. Cathy Fisher’s illustrations capture the powerful but understated point of the story perfectly making this apparently quiet book speak volumes.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The New Girl by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

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The New Girl Synopsis

Bullying, acceptance and inclusion are the themes in the latest story from award-winning author and illustrator team Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher. 

The latest picture book from Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, The New Girl, explores the importance of understanding others and how differences of race, culture and nationality can bring people together rather than drive them apart. 

The narrator of The New Girl tells how she and her classmates get caught up in making the life of the new girl in school a misery. However, the subject of their bullying responds in an amazing and creative way that makes the bullies see her as a person and value what she brings into their lives. The new girl is beginning school in a new country, where she founds that the children in her class are unfriendly towards her; refusing to include her because of her strange lunches, her unfamiliar clothing and her inability to understand their language. The narrator and her classmates become locked in a cycle of cruelty, but when beautiful paper flowers begin to appear in their classroom, something starts to change. Entranced by their beauty, the class come to realise that, the new girl, is the maker of these lovely things, and that despite the unkindness she has received she is willing to share her skill in the art of paper folding. She helps the children to create many different kinds of paper flower, introducing them to her culture and transforming both their attitude towards her and their vision of themselves and their own lives in this poignant and ultimately uplifting tale.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913634223
Publication date: 25th May 2021
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Cathy Fisher
Publisher: Graffeg Limited
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Bullying / Violence / Abuse, Family / Home Stories, School Stories

About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and King of the Sky . She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Powys Read more about Nicola Davies here. Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street  are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

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