Synopsis: When 13-year-old Tab Baird starts at a new school, she’s determined to be the coolest, most popular girl there – whatever it takes. She adjusts her school skirt so it’s just the right length. She has enough attitude to make it into the in-crowd. She even gets the attention of the hottest guys. But it’s not easy being uber-cool. No one must find out that her mum, brother and her have moved into her gran’s house, so she tries to persuade Gran to pose as a house-keeper. And if anyone discovers her mum’s blog – about her teenage daughter – it’ll be the ultimate in social death
200words (or less) review: I was having a particularly awful day and needed something to cheer me up. The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird was the book to do it.
Tab never really fitted in at her old school, so while she might not be thrilled about the circumstances leading to her mum, little brother and her moving in with Tab’s grandmother she wants to fit in at Heathside Academy. Things start out well, Tab makes friends but determined not to lose her status means she had to come up with more daring ideas.
The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird is quite a short book but Arabella Weir knows how to bring characters to life. It’s not just Tab that’s leaping of the page. My favourite was Tabitha’s grandmother and not just because of the knitted dog outfits and talking to Basil. She’s also wise and provides support for Tab.
“Such fun!” says Miranda Hart. Agreed says I. 🙂