Bill's New Frock

One morning, a horrified Bill wakes up in a girl’s body! He is sent to school in a frilly pink frock with fiddly shell buttons, and finds that life is suddenly very different. The school bully whistles at him instead of kicking him, and – not being a ‘big strong boy’ – he isn’t allowed to lift and carry. His schoolwork is supposed to be ultra neat, and (worst of all!) he gets cast in the school play as Lovely Rapunzel, who never gets to say anything! By the time Bill gets home, the pink frock is covered in mud, and – thank goodness – he will never have to wear it again!

  • A body-swap story that is both perceptive and funny
  • Explores school life and gender roles in a comic way
  • Anne Fine has won the coveted Carnegie Medal twice
  • She served as Children’s Laureate from 2001 to 2003

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    I read this in year five and it is really funny and I rate it 5 STARS cool funny good I think you should buy this book if you want to hear funny stuff

    15 April 2014

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    One sunny morning, Bill woke up in a pretty girls body and has to take a frock to school! He cannot lift, play football or be in a cool strong body anymore! How unfair is that! He auditions for the play and hopes to get a manly part, Unlucky for Bill he found himself playing Rapunzel who had no lines, just actions! Can this day get any worse than it already is?...

    9 March 2014

  • This book is hilarious!

    4 March 2014

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    Anne Fine

    Award-winning novelist Anne Fine has written more than 50 books for adults and children.


    Anne was the Children’s Laureate 2001-2003, and was twice the British Book Awards Children’s Author of the Year in 1990 and 1993. She has won many prestigious awards, including both the Carnegie and Whitbread for Flour Babies, the Carnegie and Guardian for Goggle Eyes and the Whitbread for The Tulip Touch.

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