Princess Tamsin, by Annette Wickes

Jamie had played cricket for our school’s cricket team at the weekend. He’d made forty runs and taken five wickets. Now he was close to being the most popular boy in school.
No doubt about it, being good at sport is the way to win friends. So what hope is there for someone like me?

Tamsin isn’t happy about moving from the city to the country. She’s left behind her old house, her old school and her Dad. As far as she’s concerned, that’s too many changes.

Fitting in at a new school isn’t easy, either, especially at a school where everyone else is sports-crazy. Tamsin doesn’t like sport and she is hopeless at it. She can’t hit a ball and she drops catches. The only good thing about the school is the big old river red gum that stands in the yard. Perhaps, in an unexpected way, this tree could be the key to Tamsin fitting in.

Princess Tamsin offers both humour and empathy as the reader watches Tamsin struggle to adjust to all the changes in her life and, most importantly, fit in. Tamsin overcomes her problems with the support of those around her, but also finds plenty of inner strength as she uses her talents to mould a place for herself in her new school.

Princess Tamsin is a light-hearted yet insightful look into the life of an eleven year old girl.

Princess Tamsin, by Annette Wickes
Omnibus, 2004