United Kingdom
United States
World English
Go to Usborne.com

Jemima Small Versus the Universe

How to buy this book


Kindle eBook

Google Play

Buy this book at Usborne.com


Click on the link to download the teacher's notes.

Teacher's notes to download

Adobe PDF


Internet safety

Children, make sure you follow these three simple rules when using the internet:

  1. Always ask an adult's permission before using the internet.
  2. Never give out personal information, such as your name, address, school or telephone number.
  3. If a website asks you to type in your name or email address, check with an adult first.

For more tips, see Internet safety for children.

Adults - we recommend that children are supervised while on the internet. The content of a website may change at any time and Usborne Publishing is not responsible for content on sites other than its own.

For more on internet safety, see Internet advice for adults.

Using a tablet or smartphone?

Websites with interactive content may not work on your tablet or smartphone, but you can view them on a computer. Find out more…

About this book

Tamsin Winter
Jemima Small Versus the Universe

Jemima Small is funny and super smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she’s made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn’t know is how that can be true and yet she can still feel like nothing… or how being made to join the school’s “special” healthy lifestyle group - A.K.A Fat Club - could feel any less special, and make her question her dream of applying for her favourite TV quiz show. But she also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. And maybe it’s her time to shine… A brilliantly funny and touching new novel exploring bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are.

“I absolutely loved this bold, big-hearted and very necessary book.”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller (Children's Book of the Month | July 2019)
“A clear-sighted look at censorious attitudes to larger bodies – especially girls’ bodies... Drily funny, this touching book gives its readers permission to take up space.”
The Guardian

Tamsin Winter

Tamsin Winter

Tamsin Winter studied English Literature and Creative Writing before working in advertising, travelling and teaching in Singapore for a year. She now works as a secondary school English teacher in Leicestershire and lives with her young son. Being Miss Nobody is Tamsin’s first novel.

Visit the author’s website, www.tamsinwinter.com, for more information.

Press Reviews

An ode to body positivity based around funny, smart, mischievous 13-year-old Jemima, who has been picked on because of her size since she was seven.
The i
Winter beautifully captures Jemima’s voice, with its mix of pathos and determination – and the occasional scrap of pithy wisdom thrown in.
The Daily Telegraph
An uplifting and heartening read to help inspire body confidence in everyone.
Sunday Express (S Magazine)
an empowering story about body confidence.
The Observer
Big-hearted story of a girl whose dream of appearing on Brainiacs fades when she is made to join the school "Fat Club".
The Daily Mail
Tamsin Winter is fast becoming a favourite for younger teenagers [...] an empowering story about body confidence.
The Observer
Engaging... A powerful antidote to casting shade.
The Sunday Times
A compelling, empowering tale about a big girl, small minds and self-discovery.

Help with links

Problem with a link?

Websites do occasionally experience problems. If a link isn't working we recommend leaving it a while and trying again. If the site is still down the following day please report the problem using our contact form. We will fix the problem as soon as possible, or find an alternative link.

Can't see any links?

If this is the first time you have used Usborne Quicklinks and you can't see ANY links, you may need to adjust your web browser settings. To find out how to do this, see Help & Advice.

Missing link?

The links in Usborne Quicklinks may vary slightly from those described in your book because when a website closes down, or we find a better site, we update the links in Quicklinks. (If we remove any of your favourite sites let us know!)

PDF links

To view and print out files in .pdf format, you need the free Adobe Reader software. Download Adobe Reader.

Sound files

Sound files should play on a computer, tablet or smartphone. If you have difficulty, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of your web browser, or on a desktop computer, download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (see Technical help).

Midi files

To hear midi files, you need a free program such as Windows Media Player, Real Player or Quicktime. Make sure your speakers are switched on! For more about these programs, see Technical help.

Also by Tamsin Winter

© Copyright 2020 Usborne Publishing. Web design & Development by Semantic