The Invisible Girl Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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“Kate Maryon’s characters stay with you long after the book is finished.” Jenny Valentine
“If you like Jacqueline Wilson then you will definitely like this. The main character’s story is so moving you feel as if you are about to cry!” - Kate, age 10
“This is a book that is hard to put down without finishing! “ - Lucy, age 10
“The best book I ever read” - Somaya, age 12
About the Author
Kate Maryon is a homeopath and complimentary therapist who has worked with many young people. She lives in Somerset with her partner and her large Newfoundland dog, Ellie. Kate loves chocolate, British films, eating out, reading, writing and lying on sunny beaches. She dislikes snakes, spiders, peppermint and honey.
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Top Customer Reviews
I didn't expect much when I picked it up. I certainly knew that I wasn't the targeted audience. The main character, Gabriella, is twelve and the target audience seems to be between there and 15 at a guess. At 20, i'm a bit out of that range. But wow, this novel deals with such a heavy issue that I think anyone could and should read it.
With regards to the writing itself, it is a very easy book to read. The narrative flows and the pages almost turn themselves.
But the story. My god, the story. I knew it was never going to be easy, reading a novel about homelessness, but I never quite realised how hard it was going to be either.
Gabriella's emotions and suffering pierced though the pages with brutal force. I spent a lot of time having to put the book down for a few moments when the pages got too blurry to read through tears.
I felt shocked, upset and frustrated reading this, at some points I had to stop myself from throwing the book at a wall in a rage for justice.
It's incredibly eye opening, I challenge anyone to read this and not want to do something to help those who are homeless and in need, failed by the system that's supposed to keep them safe.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's books like this that turn a persons mind around and spurs them into action.
I'm 15 and I think that it's an amazing book !
I definitely recommend it to anyone.
It's also really good for raising awareness about homeless children so 5*'s.
This could have been a lot darker, but I think for the target market, the dark sections are quite chilling enough. Gabriella and her dad are living together well enough after her mum (and beloved elder brother) leaves, but Amy, her dad's big-spending, controlling girlfriend soon drives in a wedge and Gabriella is suddenly in the scary position of being alone.
Much of the story takes place on the streets, as Gabby must make decisions about how she will survive, if she will search for her mum and brother.
This same topic for adults would have been a lot darker, I think. There are several 'fortunate accidents' that take Gabriella's story in better directions, but this makes it more palatable and appropriate for readers aged 9-14.
I thought the scene in which Gabriella is, to all intents and purposes, left to her own devices was well conveyed - confusing, frightening and understandable. How her situation leads to her living on the streets, you see from one step to the next.
This aspect though, is glazed over. If you are concerned about typical issues connected to homelessness (drugs, prostitution, violence, exposure to the elements), there is no mention (bar some minor inferences of a dealer). While this makes it less realistic, it makes it suitable for younger readers.
And it does make the point that living on the streets is not glamorous or exciting. The lack of adult content means it would be q food text for KS2/KS3 lessons.
Gabriella is the only well-developed character, her dad and Amy are fairly flat and incredibly unlikeable, her mum more so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely amazing book! Kate Maryon is one of my favorite authors, and I couldn't put this down! Recommended for children aged 10-14, some adults will probably enjoy it to! Read morePublished 1 day ago by L
My 11 year old daughter loved this book - and made her appreciate her cushy life a little more!!!Published 1 month ago by J.A.Hill
I read this book probably about a year ago and I still remember exactly what happened, that's how good it is! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Freya Harman
i have read the blurb and previous reviews and am exited to unlock the magic adventure within this book!(will do another review after i have read it )Published 9 months ago by mr j m tromans