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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007466900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007466900
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I started this just before bed, intending to read a couple of chapters, see what it was all about, and then go to sleep. Before I knew it I had tears streaming down my face, I was at the end of the book and it was very early hours in the morning.
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.
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'Invisible Girl' was so good !
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.
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The book is amazing it draws your attention and you just can't put it down.Its emotional but great story so sad but so good.
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Invisible Girl is a brilliant story, all about negligence of a young girl (Gabriella). Her dad doesn't seem to care about her anymore and her stepmother already hates her way to much so when Gabriella's dad and Alice decide to fly off to an exotic beach somewhere to get married, who is responsible for Gabriella? All she knows is that she has to find her mum, who lives in Manchester, and discover where her brother Beckett is. Will Gabriella's ending be a happy one? I recommend this book to people all ages as it is a beautiful story, and can't think of someone who wouldn't enjoy it. This book is a lovely one, so enjoyable I cannot explain how much. So read it!!
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A moving account of a girl's experiences living on the streets, how her family life led to it and where it takes her.

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.
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A heartrending story of children brought into the world by irresponsible parents, of lessons never learned by the offenders and the heart wrenching story of the neglect of the kids. Overworked and understaffed and underfunded social workers most of whom do a remarkable job with little or no support from government. This story is well written and thought out, it grabs the reader from the start to the end. All I can say is thank God for big brothers who take responsibility when their parents won't!!!
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I absolutely loved this book and read it in a day!! I couldn't put it down. My eldest daughter is coming up 10 yrs, I've been researching books that I think would be ok for her. Nothing to risky, but I wanted something real. This book was amazing. I usually read a few chapters of children's books and get the gist but I had to finish this book. Brilliant. I'm about to download another!
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