Whats it about ?

This is a tale of an ugly little girl who, like so many feels different from everyone else. She has sticky out teeth, frizzy hair and really uncool clothes. She is picked on at school, teased by her perfect elder sister and thinks she is just horrid. Till one night she discovers a magical night school called Oddbods where misfits like her go in their pajamas.

The Ugly Little Girl is meant to be a friend to anyone who lacks confidence, young or old. We are all more beautiful than we think we are.
We are living in an age of image-obsession, of ‎the Selfie, of cyberbullying and anorexia. 2014 is the year of Self-Esteem and this story is to help everyone believe in themselves‎.



 

Meet the ugly little girl

veraThe story is about Libby, a geeky frizzy haired teen who is bullied at school, teased by her perfect elder sister and feels uglier than everyone else.

She won’t even have her photo taken. Until until one night she meets Vera the ugly witch who whisks her away to the magical Night School of Oddbods for freaky kids like her.

tummyometerEveryone goes in their pajamas, no one is mean, you can time travel in Freakography and best of all there are no nasty school dinners. Instead you hop on the tummyometer that makes you what your tummy would like to eat. Its the best school ever.

Most importantly there are self-esteem classes in the Hall of Mirrors where you get to meet the true you. When Libby first sees herself in the truth mirror an ugly bug stares back at her. She also gets to meet lots of new friends, crazy hippy Astrid, sensitive Bo, brainbox Percy and the troublesome twins.

However there is another night school, Narcissus ‎for girls and boys that want to look better than everyone else. Its headmaster Imago hates imperfection and wants to make everyone look the same, perfect teeth, eyes, hair and bodies. He also wants to destroy the pure world of Oddbods.‎

The Ugly Little Girl is mainly intended to accompany kids and teens during the dark hours of adolescence but it could be read by anyone you or old who has suffered from low confidence. We are all more beautiful than we think we are. We are living in an age of Narcissism, of ‎the Selfie, of cyberbullying and obsession with perfection. 2014 is the year of Self-Esteem and this story is to help the young (and old) believe in themselves‎.

The Ugly Little Girl Trilogy

The Ugly Little Trilogy is about self-esteem and being true to who you are, in a world full of judgement and appearances. It is for everyone, as all of us, no matter what age, suffer from crises of confidence about our looks, our body and our image. We are all more beautiful than we think we are.

1. The Ugly Little Girl

This is a tale of an ugly little girl who, like so many, feels different from everyone else. She has sticky out teeth, frizzy hair and really uncool clothes. She is picked on at school, teased by her perfect elder sister and thinks she is plain ugly.

Till ‎one night she discovers a magical night school called Oddbods where freaky kids like her go in their pajamas. There anything and everything is possible, the swings go all the way round, you can time travel and best of all there are no nasty school dinners, you just jump on the tummyometer thatguesseswhatyou'dliketoeat. Mostimportant though are the self-esteem classes in the Hall of Mirrors where you get to meet the true you. Libby makes a new best friend there too, Astrid, a hippy chick, who collects spoons and can talk to cats.

However there is another night school, Narcissus where all the beauty obsessed girls and boys go. Its nasty headmaster Imago wants to make everyone perfectly beautiful. He also wants to take control of Oddbods by stealing its energy source. Libby has to confront him and ‎prove that she truly believes in who she is in order to defeat him.

2. The Ugly Little People

Libby is back and this time she is at ballet school, her dream come true. She is also a prefect at the magical night school for self-esteem, Oddbods. She now has other misfit kids, Oddbodets to take care of, the troublesome twins, Bo the boy who likes sewing and Daphne who is teased for looking different. ‎Peace is restored at Oddbods and there are even crazier Freakography trips, funnier snacks, such as banana burp cake, and new contraptions like the flying sofa.

But a Modelling TV show brings the worst out in everyone,almostendingindisaster.‎‎Realgirlsand mums are caught up in Imago's spell and Libby has to face the dark forces of Narcissus again that will stop at nothing to create a perfectly looking world.

3. The Ugly Little World

Libby has never been happier, it's Oddbods Christmas and there are dream bubbles for presents, rainbow snow and board games that come to life. Libby's reunited with her Oddbuddies and her sister's being nice for once. Libby also has a new little boy to look after, Percy the brainbox, who invents crazy gadgets and can do a Rubik's cube in 10 seconds. ‎There is also now an Oddpets for misfit animals.

Yet Libby doesn't feel quite right, something is botheringheratOddbodsbutthereisno possible way it could be in danger. The evil lord of Narcissus is no more so nothing could be wrong, could it?

Then there are outbreaks of bullying, up and down the country and kids are no longer safe. Oddbods is struggling to protect them and something happens that puts everyone at risk in a way that Libby would never have imagined possible. It's a national disaster and Libby has to destroy Imago once and for all. Though there is only one way to stop him and Libby and the Oddbodets have to make the ultimate sacrifice‎.

Elizabeth The Author

lizI am half British, half Greek and spent half of my childhood in sun blushed Athens and then rainy London at an average (in truth bitchy) girls school. I was top of the class (I buried myself in my books) and studied languages at Oxford. I ʻfellʼ into advertising and did not climb back out for the next 15 years. I worked on all sorts of brands from sweets to soap power. I then got the chance of a lifetime, a project working with Lucasfilm on the Star Wars pre-equals and ended up travelling the world selling JaJa Binks and baby Anakin. Five years ago I became Marketing Director of 20th Century Fox and released over 50 pictures a year, Taken, Simpsons Movie and Juno amongst others.
I met my French husband a few years ago and moved to Paris. Before I met him I hadnʼt written anything, though I had studied hundreds of authors as part of my degree.

On the first of May 2012, I went to Deauville for the weekend. We were having a morning coffee on the seafront under a blue sky when my husband noticed a solitary tear fall from under my sunglasses. At the next door table was a little girl, probably around 10 who was my double, the spitting image of me at the same age. Goofy teeth, frizzy hair tied in a messy plait, thick glasses and fuddy duddy clothes. I told him that ʼugly little girlʼ was me, or just like me. He suggested writing about her. I had started writing six months before, mainly blogs and features for the Huffington Post, all about my life in Paris as a BritChick (@britchickparis).

But that afternoon I began to write a story about her and I didn’t stop for the next six months on my blackberry. I finished the book on the 1st October 2012 and we went back to Deauville. The little girl was no longer there, but she was elsewhere. A few days later I began writing my second book, The Ugly Little People and I have just finished the third, The Ugly Little World. This trilogy has now being released late Christmas 2013.
From the age of ten to about fifteen I went through a gawky stage. Like most other teens. But I believed I was so much uglier, so much geekier than everyone else. It made feel very alone and miserable. I suffered from lack of self esteem in my late teens becoming anorexic and I still struggle with bouts of under confidence. Even writing this profile makes me feel uncomfortable.
I wrote The Ugly Little Girl to accompany kids and teens during the dark hours of adolescence. When I was a teen bullying happened at school; now it follows you everywhere and even into your bedroom through the internet. Also the pressure to be perfectly beautiful is at an all time high, with cosmetic surgery and flawless images becoming the norm. Yet the tide is beginning to turn and more TV shows, celebs and brands are focussing on what’s on the inside, your own unique real beauty. Beauty is the in the eye of the beholder, but sadly perceived ugliness is all too easily in the eye of the beheld. I am 40, married, with one cat and 3 step children and live currently between a leafy suburb of Paris and my Suffolk cottage.

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