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Boy Underwater

Narrated by: Rafe Spall
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

Selected as Waterstones Book of the Month.

Shortlisted for The Carnegie Award.

Boy Underwater is a heartbreaking story about family, friends and secrets. And it’s very, very funny.

Cymbeline (yes, really!) has never been swimming - not ever, not once - so he’s a bit nervous at the prospect of his first school swimming lesson ever. But how hard could it be? He’s Googled front crawl, and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready for this.

But he’s not ready for an accident at the pool to reveal a family mystery that turns his life completely upside down. Only Cym and his friends can solve it because, as usual, the grown-ups aren’t telling them anything.

For the answers you really need, sometimes you have to go deep....

©2018 Adam Baron (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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excellent

this audiobook is very witty, the performance is excellent and the story is touching. Would not recommend to below 11 year olds as it has mentions of puberty, penises and vaginas

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Boy under water

Most depressing story we as a family have ever listened to! It was promised to be full of humour in the blurb but instead it was full of doom and gloom. The title Boy under water made us think it would be a bit mysterious and imaginative but it has a very dark, miserable connection to the story. The thing is it starts off quite nice so you get drawn in however it goes down hill, especially from a child’s point of view, but you need to keep trudging through it cos you are desperate to find out if it has a happy ending to make up for the total waste of time that you will never get back! It has a rubbish ending by the way so we do not recommend it! Sorry!

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A really moving, thoughtful story

Aimed at more mature upper key stage 2 readers, it deals cleverly with difficult issues such mental health and (spoiler alert) death. I really enjoyed this well-woven tale.

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Great book

This book was great,

it keeps me thinking and guessing,

I definitely recommend this book

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AMAZING LOVE 💓 IT SO Much IT WAS GREAT BEST BOOK Ever 🥰😍

You can ad more stuff sim does over all it is AMAZING 😉🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩👍👌✌🏼so so good yay

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Amazing

This book was so moving at was a heart pounding book I would definitely recommend this book

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Loved it

Long and entertaining

I loved it nothing bad about it

I recommend this book to everyone

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THAT WAS AMAZING!
The feeling of the author sucking you into this amazing book is soooo cool, I recomend this book to people who love swimming, friends and a pinch of magic! If you are hesitating to read this, go for it and see where it takes you... it made me cry a bit to be honnest, but that doesnt matter because shedding a tear is ok dont be scared about admiting it. This book is about a boy called Symboline who has never (not even once) been swimming and when his mother is taken away and he is sent to live with his aunt things dont get much better, if I had to describe this book in 3 words it would be, funny, emotional and finding out who you are!
Please read this book, thank you!

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Kept us going until the very end

5 stars from my 11 year old son who struggles with some books / genres. A tough but gripping story.

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Brilliant story, excellent narration

My 2 children (10 and 8) and I listened to this together. My 10 year old son and I loved it, and my 8 year old daughter enjoyed it very much. It’s perhaps a little mature for her in places and I wouldn’t have listened to it just with her, but she understood pretty much everything. We all eagerly discussed it after each time we listened and were all 3 very keen to listen to it again the next time. It is being recommended tomorrow to friends in year 6 apparently.