About the book (video)


Ollie is drowning.  No one notices.

Oliver Campbell, fourteen, fanciful and funny in equal measure, struggles to unravel the knots of emotion when his little sister, Lily, falls gravely ill with a mysterious disease. Irritating and puzzling to his two older half-brothers, neglected by his self-absorbed mum and dad, and unfalleninlovewith by Poppy Teasdale, he longs to be something more than invisible.

Quirky Kamal doesn’t think it’s weird that Ollie, his best friend, is fascinated by words and plants; he knows what it’s like to be different and to be bullied; he coaches him on love, and how to clinch his dream-girl; he tickles him with his high-falutin language and aspirations; he impresses him with his fortitude despite a tragic past; he is there when his life takes a terrible turn; he is loyal to the end.

Ollie’s two special people throw him life jackets, but will they be enough to save him…?


‘This is a remarkable book in every way. Beautifully written, full of real emotion, it made me laugh out loud and brought me to tears.’ Emily Havener, editor, CreateSpace

‘Lovely writing!’ Beverly Birch, commissioning editor, Hachette

‘…really taken by the original and clever voice… I was actually quite blown away.’ Nicola Morgan, author

‘… a real-life drama that will appeal to the Young Adult market (and all of those who have been teenagers)… a broad canvas of emotions from illness, love and the lack of it, friendship and bullying… just the right mix of ingredients.’ Alysoun Owen, editor, Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

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