Elsewhere Girls

Emily Gale and Nova Weetman

Elsewhere Girls is a delightful middle-grade novel about two talented young swimmers, each facing her own challenges. Cat is at a prestigious school on a sports scholarship. Struggling with the pressure of 5 am training sessions, she is starting to question whether she really wants to be a competitive swimmer. Fanny loves to swim but family chores and low expectations make it very hard for her to fit in even the occasional training session. They live in different worlds, or at least in different eras: Cat in contemporary Sydney, and Fanny (who is based on Olympic gold medallist Fanny Durack) in the same city a century earlier.

Mysteriously, they swap places.

As each girl lives the other’s life, with all the challenges and confusion that creates, she comes to appreciate and understand herself and the role of swimming in her own life.

Narrated in alternating chapters by Cat and Fanny, Elsewhere Girls is a fresh and engaging exploration of life for young women in the past and of the challenges and pressures of the here and now. And a heartwarming story of two girls with a deep connection.

Middle Grade

Emily Gale and Nova Weetman

Nova Weetman has written for TV and is the author of thirteen junior, middle-grade and young adult novels. The Secrets We Keep was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, the ABIA Awards, Japan’s Sakura Medal and a CBCA Notable. Her sequel, The Secrets We Share, was a 2018 CBCA Notable Book. Nova’s middle grade novel, Sick Bay, was a CBCA Notable Book, shortlisted for the ABIA Awards and the Booksellers Choice Children’s Book of the Year, and is being published by Simon & Schuster in 2021 in the USA as It All Begins With Jellybeans.

Emily Gale has worked in the children’s book industry for over twenty years. Her junior fiction duology, Eliza Boom, has been translated into multiple languages. She is the author of one middle-grade and three young adult novels. Girl Aloud was longlisted for the Waterstone’s Prize, The Other Side of Summer was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and was a Junior Library Guild Selection in the USA. I Am Out With Lanterns was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award and the West Australian Young Readers Award.

Text Publishing

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018 and 2019.