Skip to content

Ella on the Outside

Cath Howe

Ella is facing some big changes. She’s just had to start at a new school, she’s moved away from her best friend Grace, her eczema is acting up, and on top of all that, she has a huge secret to keep about her family. So, when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, wants to start hanging out, things must be on the up… right?
The only problem is, Lydia really wants to know what Ella’s hiding and she’s also desperate for intel on the quiet girl in class, Molly. So just how far will Ella go to keep her new friendship?
Ella on the Outside is a hugely relatable tale that will strike a chord with anyone who has felt the pressure to please a new friend or has struggled to fit in. Ella makes mistakes, but she’s also hugely likeable, and author Cath Howe perfectly captures her anxieties and worries.

Find this book

Visit your local library website to borrow this book. Your local library service also offers many Reading Well books as ebooks and audiobooks, free to download.

If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can visit our page.


I've read this

Reader Reviews


25 August 2021

I think Ella on the outside is a brilliant book. I loved it because of all the different feelings of the characters and how it makes visualising the image of the book so easily. I like how at the start of each chapter was a letter to her dad telling him what had gone on because it felt like you were there. There was some sad bits in the story but lots of happy bits as well. I think that you should read it if you like cliffhangers and exciting books. Ella on the outside is a great book so I recommend that you should read it. 😀


11 July 2020

The book is about a ten years old girl, Ella, and how she learnt to love herself and make friends in her new school.
Lyda is the envy of most of the girls at school because she is popular, and she is my favourite character.
I would recommend the book to everyone to read because it shows the benefits of being a good friend.

Urgent help