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Turning Cartwheels

When trying to fit in leaves you in a spin

Amy Adeney Amy Calautti

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03 February 2021
Turning Cartwheels tells the story of Emma's desperation to join queen bee Carly's Cartwheel Club, who show off their acrobatic tricks in the playground at lunchtime. Week after week Emma lines up for a try-out, only to be told by Carly that she hasn't made the cut. When Emma is finally accepted, she finds that Carly's rules and requirements take all the joy out of cartwheeling, and that being part of the gang isn't as awesome as she expected.

The book explores themes of determination, persistence and self-confidence, but has a central focus on bullying - in particular, the subtle, underhanded social bullying often experienced by primary school-aged girls. The character of Carly represents the 'frenemy' that many young girls encounter - a strong, popular girl who seems to be their friend, but whose behaviour is often actually manipulative and mean.

While girls often gravitate towards 'frenemies', preferring to stay on their good side and remain part of their social group, Turning Cartwheels introduces the idea that there are alternatives, and that children should choose their friends based on kindness, and having fun together. A sensitive and compassionate guide to finding true friendship, this story will help any young person struggling to find friends who make them feel like they belong.
By:   Amy Adeney
Illustrated by:   Amy Calautti
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 251mm,  Width: 260mm, 
ISBN:   9781925820515
ISBN 10:   1925820513
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   03 February 2021
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Amy Adeney is a writer with a special interest in Literacy education in the early years. She developed Busy Bookworms as part of her mission to inspire in children a love of reading. Amy Calautti loved to draw from a young age and often made up games based around drawing to entertain her younger brother and cousins. Amy now lives with her small tribe of humans who inspire her every day.

Reviews for Turning Cartwheels: When trying to fit in leaves you in a spin

'she decides to create a Club of her own, the Can-Do Club, a place where everybody not only belongs, but also gets a voice and choices of their own. Now doesn't THAT have your heart doing cartwheels?' -- Barbara, Corner on Character Emma is desperate to join Carly's Cartwheel Club, who show off their acrobatic tricks in the playground at lunchtime. But when Emma is finally accepted, she finds that being part of the gang isn't as awesome as she expected. -- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators A pleasantly illustrated, hard cover picture book to read with ages 6+. -- School Days Magazine This is an energetic story about choices and not staying in situations that don't work for you. -- Buzz Words A story with a warm heart, with illustrations to make you giggle, with challenge, with friends and with an important message. Be yourself. -- Louise Ellis-Barrett, Armadillo Magazine Turning Cartwheels is a wonderful way of showing children alternative ways to solve problems -- Blue Wolf Reviews


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