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Swallow Me, NOW! [PDF / Epub] ☀ Swallow Me, NOW! ✍ Melissa Gijsbers – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 th 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.

  • Paperback
  • 98 pages
  • Swallow Me, NOW!
  • Melissa Gijsbers
  • English
  • 08 November 2016

About the Author: Melissa Gijsbers

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the s even winning some awards for a short story and a script For many years life got in the way of creative writing however she did start blogging around She currently lives in Gippsland Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.



10 thoughts on “Swallow Me, NOW!

  1. Narelle Narelle says:

    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 yearsSam 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 hopeMy 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

  2. Debra Tidball Debra Tidball says:

    This is an engaging book about a girl who starts a new school and is plopped straight into a nest of bullies by the well meaning but ineffective teacher Her confusion at the way the girls treat her is heightened by her transition from moving to Australia from Nepal with her missionary family Gijspers conveys a good sense of Sam's confusion isolation and desperation which lead her to do and say some strange things further alienating her and eventually leading to the climactic confrontation The story cleverly integrates facts about bullying and the resolution gives hope to others about how to end the cycle of bullyingEasy to read I read this as an e book on a train and scattered with some cute colourful illustrations for middle primary grades

  3. Julie Grasso Julie Grasso says:

    Sam is starting a new school after returning from living in Nepal as a missionary She wants to fit in so when she is assigned to sit next to Felicity one of the prettiest girls in the class Sam is hopeful that her new school will be awesome Things don't start off well when Sam notices Felicity cheating off her Sam is too timid to let her teacher know and things get worse when Felicity seems to be doing everything she can to exclude and tease her Things come to a head when Sam begins to make up stories about her mum being an evil genius wanting to take over the word This leads to even alienation from Felicity and her minions and eventually Sam snaps She finds herself sitting in the principals office as a conseuence of her behaviour but she still can't level with her parents as to what caused her to act as she did A well meaning education session from the teaching staff to the school about bullying didn't really solve Sam's problem but it was a great turning point She eventually gains her courage and has the strength to come clean with her class about the stories she has made up In the process she ends up giving a super presentation about her time in Nepal Sam is astounded when the kids don't laugh at all but begin to ask her some uestions about her life in another country She finds some common ground with a new group of friends in the playground and eventually leaves behind the Felicity's of the world She embarks on a new school term with friends who understand her and are happy to include her This was a sweet book that really struck a cord with me I felt Sam's alienation lonliness and feelings of helplessness right along with her It was great to watch Sam eventually find the strength to change her situation The education session with the teachers was a great teaching moment where they spell out uite simply the meaning of bullying I especially liked the idea that if kids see others being bullied they should take the initiative and stand up against it I believe this would make a great resource for the school classroom as the strategies Sam uses to over come her fears are really practical I would recommend this for children ages 5 7

  4. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    I enjoyed reading Melisaa Gijsbers' Swallow Me NOW This short chapter book story is aimed at the early primary grades Samantha arrives at a new school in the middle of the term after attending various schools and in particular living many years in Nepal She tries to fit in with the girls in her Grade 5 class but finds herself struggling as they talk of popular bands and TV shows she knows nothing about Soon things escalate as she makes a hurried remark about her mother's ambitions to 'take over the world' The visual presentation of Swallow Me NOW is delightful with neat graphics and some nice font choices The story itself examines fitting into a new school and the impact of bullying in a realistic way with touches of humour along the way Certainly it rang true to some of my own experiences having gone to 9 different schools in two different continents and my daughter's who endured the subtle kind of group bullying for most of Grade 4 until unable to bear it any longer she finally told us what was happening We were forever grateful that her teacher took it seriously and acted effectively to counter it I thought Swallow Me NOW was appropriate reading level for its target audience with only the occasional long word I did find the pace particularly in the first 13rd slow at times with some repetition of scenes that may have been unnecessary And I wondered if humour may be appealing to this age group given the popularity of books like Diary of a Whimpy Kid etc However Sam's thoughts emotions and motivations were sensitively handled The distinguishing of the different types of bullying and that bullying is a repetitive behaviour as well as the believable positive outcome should make this book a useful book for educators as well as for students

  5. Iola Iola says:

    I think Sam is a character most children can relate to—starting a new school or job can be a scary experience Sam has grown up in a missionary family so isn't prepared for some of the behaviour of the children in her class which leads to her making some bad decisions like not telling her parents when she has a problem and lying to the other children in an attempt to fit in I found myself getting frustrated with Sam at times and had to remind myself she is only ten or thereabouts—although we were told what grade she was in I don't know exactly what age that is in Australia Swallow Me Now makes interesting points about school bullying—I think what impacted me the most was the different types of bullying and how Sam didn't see the way the other girls were treating her was actually bullying She put up with it for a long time before saying anything which I guess is because she didn't know But I knew and I was getting cross with her wishing she'd make better choicesThis would be a good story to share with primary aged children to help them understand what bullying is so they can tell a grown up if it happens to them or to a friend and hopefully show them that sometimes not doing something like making friends with the new kid in class can be just as bad as being mean Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review

  6. abcJenny abcJenny says:

    Swallow Me NOW is a book I wish was published when I taught Year 5 girls Although it is a fictional book set in Green Oaks Primary School it leads itself to discussions about the real concept of bullying in schools Incorporated into the Swallow Me NOW book are the cause and effects of bullying and gives parents an insight into communication with your child if they are a victim of bullyingI would categorize Swallow Me NOW as an early chapter book Lilly Pilly Publishing has excelled in their layout of the book Swallow Me NOW has an easy to read format with differing fonts short chapters familiar language and illustrations to break up longer passages Children are given a good understanding of how the main character Sam feels with the author describing why Sam feels nervous worried or happy throughout the bookFor a full Educational Review with suggested educational activities go to my website

  7. Penny Reeve Penny Reeve says:

    Swallow me Now is a chapter book for primary aged children Although the main character is in year 5 I'd probably pitch the reading age at 6 9The book tells the story of Sam a recently returned missionary kid and her attempts to find her place in an Australian school The emotional struggle of Sam is authentically written Personally I would have liked to see the author incorporate some of the characters' faith into the story I also found the pace of the story a bit irregular at times This book would make a helpful tool for children thinking through the issue of bullying and self identity It's also apparently the first book in series of 'Green Oaks Primary School' books so it will be interesting to see what Sam gets up to next

  8. Zac Khalinsky Zac Khalinsky says:

    Samantha aka Sam is starting a new school after coming to Victoria Australia from Nepal and is having trouble fitting in and starts getting bullied by the most popular girl in the classI thought it is a very good book and is a lot realistic than other books I have read about bullying as other books make the bully and the victim becoming friends I have been bullied and you would just want them to stopI also enjoyed the story and glad Felicity wasn’t in my class at schoolI should also add that my Mum wrote this bookPeople who go to school would like it I especially recommend it to people who are starting a new school or are being bullied

  9. C.A. Clark C.A. Clark says:

    a lovely tale of a school girl trying to find her truth and learning to be proud of who she is and where she is fromI had the honour and privileged of creating the character art for this delightful story

  10. Susan Day Susan Day says:

    Swallow Me NowI really enjoyed this early chapter book The story is about a young girl who has to start a new school She feels out of sorts and believes she doesn’t fit in Sam our hero has not only changed schools but countries cultures and The problems and issues she encounters are something I’m sure all children can identify with Her attempts to make friends get out of control the harder she tries and we are left wondering will poor Sam ever adapt to her new school She also has to deal with a bully Felicity who makes poor Sam’s life miserableThere are small images are dispersed throughout the book They are only single pictures that relate to a part of the story They work well and I’m sure young children will appreciate them The size and fonts of some words are altered in this text to add meaning I have seen this a few times in new books and I think it works well It adds greater excitement and interest to the story As well struggling readers will be able to stay focused on the text and won’t be so overwhelmed by the repetition of words the same size There are some important messages in this book Bullying and how to deal with it are handled very well Most children will identify with what Sam faces and may even recognise the approaches taken by her school to address bullying I think this will help drive home these tactics as they are consolidated by what children have already learntThere is also an important message about being yourself and not trying to please others I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I’m happy to give it This is a great book that introduces some important themes and does so in a fun and interesting format For me it’s a winner

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