Invisible Girl giveaway
I whisper to no one: "Hello, I'm Gabriella, can someone tell me what to do next, please?"
In the past twenty-four hours, Gabriella Midwinter has lost her home, her dad, her school and her best friend.
This morning everything seemed so normal. But caught between arguing parents and moving house, twelve-year-old Gabriella somehow slips through the cracks. Now she's more alone than ever before.
Unless she can find her brother Beckett.
Unless she can find a home.
About the author
Kate Maryon writes novels for girls aged 8-13 years and is the author of Shine, Glitter, A Million Angels, A Sea of Stars and Invisible Girl. Kate was inspired to write Invisible Girl after reading an article about children running away from home in the UK by Andy McCullough, who works for children's charity Railway Children.
She was so shocked to discover that it's estimated one child runs away from home every five minutes in the UK, that she wrote the fictional story of 12-year-old Gabriella, who runs away from home and 'slips through the cracks'. Kate's aim was to ensure that Invisible Girl felt real, to show how easily children can slip through the cracks, unnoticed. How readily, when love is unavailable at home, they will seek it elsewhere, walking into dangerous situations leaving themselves wide open and vulnerable.
"As well as to entertain, my wish for Invisible Girl - and all my books - is that it speaks to the children who, like me when I was small, find themselves standing in the shadows facing overwhelming difficulty without support. I hope to hold their hands whilst pointing them toward safety, toward getting the help they need and developing a toolkit for self-care. I want to speak to the loved children too, to inspire compassion and understanding, an appreciation for what they have. Against all odds, both Andy and I managed to climb out of our childhood difficulty and create healthy adult lives. Sadly, we are the exception to the rule." Kate Maryon
As you may know, Mumsnet is working with Railway Children and Aviva to raise awareness of the fact that 100,000 children are estimated to run away from home every year. You told us that you often find it difficult to bring up tricky issues like this with your children, and it helps to have a prompt like a book, film, magazine article or soap storyline to help you casually broach the subject.
Railway Children and Aviva are working with Kate Maryon to raise awareness of this issue and have secured 50 advance copies of the book to giveaway to Mumsnetters who we hope will use the book to start a conversation with your child. Apply for one of 50 free advance copies of Invisible Girl, due out in the shops on 6 June for your child to read over the half term break. To read more about Kate Maryon's books, check out her website.
If you are one of the lucky 50, we do ask that you post feedback on the discussion thread – both on the book, and if this enabled you to start a conversation with your child about the topic of running away from home.
However, if you don't get a book, we'd still love to hear what you think about using children's books (and other resources) as ways to bring up tricky topics like running away from home with your children, so do please add your thoughts to the thread.
As usual, for every comment* posted on the thread, Aviva will donate £2 to Railway Children to continue their great work. Find out more.
This giveaway has now closed. If you haven't been chosen to receive a free copy, buy the book here.
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