Thursday, January 5, 2012

6 Tween and Teen Novels About Weight Loss

The Summer I Lost ItThe Summer I Lost It by Natalie Kath
Kat writes a weight loss diary to help her achieve sensible, healthy weight loss while also sorting out her relationships with two boys.
Big Fat ManifestoBig Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
Jamie Carcaterra, writer of her school's Fat Girl newspaper column is distressed by her boyfriend, Burke's decision to have weight loss surgery.
The Melting of Maggie Bean (Maggie Bean, #1)The Melting of Maggie Bean by Tricia Rayburn
Maggie Bean kicks her candy habit by taking up swimming and facing down the hard times that led her to overeat.
Fat Kid Rules the WorldFat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
Troy Billings weighs nearly 300 pounds and sees the entire world from the perspective of a fat person until he meets Curt MacCrae and discovers punk rock.
Staying Fat for Sarah ByrnesStaying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Moby, an outsider because of his weight does his best not to lose weight so that Sarah, also isolated due to disfiguring burns on her face, won't be the odd one out all alone.
Jelly BellyJelly Belly by Robert Kimmel Smith
Eleven-year-old Ned must spend a summer at Camp Lean-To to help him lose weight, but it's difficult when he and his bunkmates keep finding ways to cheat on their diets. 


  1. Excellent suggestions! I feel like there aren't a lot of YA novels with a heavier main character, which is too bad because there are so many teens dealing with weight/physical appearance issues in some way. (I sure did.)

  2. Great selection. I loved Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. Rae Carson also deals with body image issues in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, with a heavy protagonist (who is also awesome. Love that book.)

  3. I'm having fun today via the comment challenge, and I love your blogs title.

  4. All these titles are new to me...and I feel i need to get them all for my classroom. Thanks for posting these!

  5. I love when I find books I know and love amongst titles that are new to me--that's a sure sign I've found someone who shares my (impeccable) taste in books! I will be digging through your "themed thursday" archives for sure!

  6. Wow, I completely forgot about Jelly Belly!! I loved that book. Seeing that cover just brought back all kinds of memories! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  7. Gosh! Don't think I've ever seen a kids' novel about losing weight before, so amazing to see so many listed here. Do you have a favourite?

  8. As popular as this topic is today, I don't think I've seen anyone gather so many titles in one place. Thanks!

  9. I was not aware of the many title dealing with weight. I enjoyed checking out your other blog, Story Time. I wasn't able to connect with my comment, so I'm letting you know now. I'll be checking it out more often as well. I'm so glad I'm participating in this Comment Challenge. Your blog will be a resource to me. :) MaryHelen

  10. @Playing by the book - My favorite from this list is probably The Melting of Maggie Bean because I have a soft spot for tween fiction for girls, but it's hard to choose because they're all great books!

  11. @booksavors - I'm not sure why you couldn't comment to my story time blog. Comments are moderated on this blog, but not that one, so it should go through... hmm... I'll have to look into that. But I'm glad you're finding my blogs useful. Thanks so much for commenting. :-)


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