Thursday 23 April 2015

Book Review: Swallow Me, NOW! by Melissa Gijsbers

Book Description:

All Sam wants to do is to fit in at her new school. Feeling alone, and desperately trying to find her place in the world, she concocts an AMAZING story - BUT it backfires on her, and she becomes known as the 'Evil Genius's Daughter!' Can her life get any worse?

Narelle's Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Swallow Me, NOW! and I read the whole story in one sitting. The story is easy to read and the target audience is children aged 7-12 years.

Sam is in Year Five and the story starts on Sam's first day at a new primary (elementary) school in suburban Melbourne. Sam's parents were missionaries in Nepal, and she recently returned to Australia after many years abroad. An Aussie school is a culture shock for Sam. We follow her journey as she struggles to fit in at her new school. The story addresses important social issues that confront many children. I highly recommend Swallow Me, NOW! for children who are looking for a fun story with a positive and inspiring message of hope.

My daughter's thoughts: I liked how the story is realistic and shows how hard it can be for kids to adapt to a new school. Even if you're not starting at a new school, bullying can still happen to you. I also loved how Sam was very creative and was brave enough to talk about the mean things that were happening to her. I understood why she finally fought back and didn't just let it keep happening to her. The story was fun and exciting. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. 


  1. Thanks for the review Narelle and good to get your daughter's perspective. Swallow Me sounds like a great book for primary aged kids and addresses an important issue.

    1. Thanks, Jeanette. Melissa has done a great job in highlighting the struggles that children face when confronted with bullying.

  2. Sounds to me like a lot of children would benefit from reading this book. Great subject, Melissa, and thanks for the review, Narelle :)

    1. Thanks, Andrea. It's a great book for children and it also provides insights into bullying issues that could be helpful for parents and carers.


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