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Book giveaway: Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 16-May-13 12:59:22

Apply for one of 50 advance copies of Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon, due out in the shops on 6th June.

Invisible Girl tells the story of twelve year old Gabriella, who somehow slips through the cracks when she's caught between arguing parents and moving house. The city streets are no place for young girls but they're all she's got. For fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson, a stunning new novel from the author of SHINE, GLITTER, SEA OF STARS and A MILLION ANGELS.

Kate Maryon 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. As part of the campaign with Mumsnet, 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. Apply for one of 50 free advance copies of Invisible Girl, and PLEASE post your feedback on this thread. For every post on the thread Aviva will donate £2 to Railway Children. You are allowed to post up to three messages. Thanks

NotShortImFunSized Thu 15-Aug-13 22:09:33

I've read the book and my 11 year old son has now finished it too. I thought it was well written in an easy enough way for children 10+ to understand.

It brought up some interesting discussions with my son. He said he has never thought about running away and couldn't see why anyone would before he read it. Now he knows why it could possibly happen but he found it hard to believe that she would have just gone off with a whole bunch of other runaways as he doesn't see how that could really happen. That they just "find" you.

Thank you for the book, I've now passed it to my sister and niece to read. It's a great way to bring up this topic that many people wouldn't really think about otherwise smile

starlight36 Wed 14-Aug-13 14:13:47

A very clever book dealing with an important topic in an age-appropriate way. I read the book and was willing for a happy ending for Gabriella.

I applied for a copy to pass onto a friend's daughter (aged 11). Like other posters she was affected by both the selfishness of the parents and the scariness of living on the streets.

lolapops1 Sun 11-Aug-13 15:31:45

Wonderfully written story,very informative and moving. Think it's a must for all school libraries.
The cover does limit the reader though.

popsocks Sat 10-Aug-13 07:24:00

My dd, 11, read this and found it hard to believe the attitude of her parents. It has lead to lots of discussion and we have also passed the book on to her school. I also think the book cover is decieving.

lottietiger Fri 09-Aug-13 22:48:54

We enjoyed this at home so I have now passed it on to my ten year old niece to read. Hopefully she will enjoy it to and and at least put the idea in her head that running awAy isn't as glamourous as it sometimes seems

GiraffeAHolic Fri 09-Aug-13 16:15:49

I found this an interesting read but felt the author was holding back somewhat, there seemed to be so much more that could have been applied to Gabriella's story but I agree it would make a good basis for discussion.

It is a shame that the cover was not more appealable to both genders but I assumed it was a nod to the numerous mentions of Gabriella's doodles.

Dd is only 5 but I plan to hold onto it until the topic becomes relevant to us.

Thank you for the opportunity to read the book.

TheOneWithTheHair Fri 09-Aug-13 13:50:40

I think as a spring board for discussion the book serves a wonderful purpose. Dd was so horrified by the circumstances surrounding Gabriella going missing that we she couldn't read any more. It has allowed us to discuss things though and I think it's left her knowing that she can and must always find a trusted adult to talk to.

She also wants to help the children that are on the streets irl. I've suggested she researches what charity she'd like to help and do some fund raising and see if she can help raise awareness.

At nine I feel she's a bit young to help hands on iyswim?

MaryBS Fri 09-Aug-13 12:21:49

I was really pleased to be given the opportunity that this book offered to raise running away with my daughter who is 13. The book itself, although I felt it raised the issue very well, seemed to sugar coat what might actually happen, and I felt that was a little worrying.

ThePortlyPinUp Fri 09-Aug-13 12:16:34

DD1 (11) read the book alone, she said she didn't really think about people running away and being homeless before as its not something that has really come up in her life. She said she enjoyed the book and that it made her think more about issues outside our little village.

xxxlivelifexxx Sat 03-Aug-13 09:27:06

Thank you so much for my copy of this book.
I read this myself, fantastic read,easy to read, gripping, heart, eye opening,couldn't put down once started.
I know this was aimed at 9+ but I enjoyed this myself, shocking to think children go through what this girl goes through. In parts I wanted to just wrap her up and keep her safe. A real eye opener. I am saving this for my Daughter for when she is older, and I will definitely buy more of Kates books xx

ninaprettyballerina Fri 26-Jul-13 13:43:44

Whilst my children are too young to read or discuss the book (2&4) I found the book interesting, thought provoking and easy to read, and I see it as a very good discussion point for youngsters. Perhaps it leans slightly towards girls especially focussing on the closeness of G and G.
I'm pleased its been so well received as part of your tour and obviously touched children already

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Jul-13 15:57:01

Kate Maryon has just completed a national tour to launch her book, Invisible Girl, where she visited schools and libraries, appearing at 33 events over 22 days. She has asked us to share the following with you.

Kate Maryon:

Hi Everyone,

My tour has gone brilliantly and I've had fantastic feedback from kids, teachers and librarians.

After each talk I'm left feeling so touched and moved by what the children share. In the space of an hour many of them reveal so much of their own sadness and frustration - telling me their own runaway tales - of which there are many! The teachers are mostly shocked - some following up with classroom talks around the difficult circumstances these children are living.

In one prep school in York a child disclosed to me that he frequently considers running away as an option because he is regularly beaten by his father for not being as bright as his sisters. I flagged this up to the school and they instantly put their child protection procedures into operation. So hopefully something will be done to protect him. In another school a 10 year old boy said that he ran away when he was 8 for an entire week and no one bothered to look for him - the teachers were astonished. Many of them are concerned that they never hear this kind of thing in class.

Many children feel that running away might be exciting and freeing. Once I've shared the dangers and pointed them toward safer options they all seem to get that it's not a sensible thing to do - which is a great thing.

I hope they take my talk into their lives with better knowledge of how to resource themselves and change the cycle of familial sadness/neglect/conflict.

Dianec67 Tue 25-Jun-13 09:15:06

Thank you for my copy of the book. I read it with my 11 year old son who enjoyed it. I thought as it was about a girl he might not relate to it but it gave us a opportunity to talk about the subject of children running away. My son has ADHD and diabetes so struggles with emotions sometimes and feeling 'different' . The emotions of feeling different from her peers came across well in Gabriella's story.It is a good way to start a discussion about factors that can lead to teens or pre-teens struggling to cope with issues in their lives. Recommended.

lottietiger Wed 12-Jun-13 18:55:34

I read this out loud to my son yesterday, its a tough subject but easy to read and therefore makes the subject matter or running away much easier to discuss. You really feel for Gabriella and what she goes through with her parents & subsequently living on the streets, all the while hoping for a happy ending. Although the book states for age 9+ i feel that it also has its place read to younger children. A thoroughly good read.. ps.. agree with others about the cover

TotallyEggFlipped Wed 12-Jun-13 10:21:47

This is a great book, but as others have said, the cover does it a disservice as I think it will put off some potential readers.
I think it is perfect for reading with children and have already passed it on to a friend to share with her DC.
I found it thought provoking & hope it gets the audience it deserves.

CoolaSchmoola Tue 11-Jun-13 05:34:13

This was an interesting read, which really highlights the fact that so many children are living on our streets. The book was well written but I felt it was resolved too easily, after chapters that described situations in depth and at length the ending felt a little like the author had hit her required word count and tied it up as fast as she could. My goddaughter (11) said 'yeah right' to the amazingly coincidental finding of Blue bunny in Selfridges and subsequent tracking down of Gabrielle to 'near the swimming pool' but other than that this was an enjoyable and thought provoking read which prompted a discussion about the lives of others.

Nettyporthole Mon 10-Jun-13 22:26:44

Although a book for children/teenagers, I was immediately caught up with Gabriella's story. Her story was told in detail, but there were hints of what causes others to run away. Tia's father coming into her bedroom in his boxer shorts is the nearest that the book gets with dealing with the issue of sexual abuse, but may be the starting point for discussions with older children. The picture of groups of runaway kids living together in Manchester may be realistic, but I felt that there were only hints of the threats posed by the man in the car for Henny and her runaway friends. For Gabriella there was a happy ending in the book, but it was also clear that for every happy ending there was another child to take her place next to Henny. A boy I used to look after at primary school went missing at age 11 and more than thirty five years later has never been found, so I hope the book raises awareness of the Railway Children campaign.

Kneedeepindaisies Sun 09-Jun-13 20:39:34

We're half way through and DS has enjoyed it ( not sure if that's the right word).

I don't know how much of it he gets but he feels very sad for Gabriella.

I'm finding it sad that she feels she has no one she can go to. sad

Mograt Tue 04-Jun-13 12:42:29

I was one of the lucky winners so thank you! My 11 year old DD rushed off to read the book alone - she finished it in an afternoon and thought it was an excellent read, very easy to understand and very thought-provoking. We're going to ask if our school librarian is happy to have this donated to the school as a leaver's book in my daughter's name so that the other children can read it.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 03-Jun-13 23:42:54

Forgot to say thank you for the book. DD is very pleased to have an advance copy and took great pride in telling her teacher and friends she got her copy before it hit the shops.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 03-Jun-13 23:41:12

I was planning on reading this with DD (11) but she has taken it off to read alone with a promise to get back to me.

I am pleased to report that she thinks it is really good so far. Not bad for a girl who usually refuses to read anything without vampires.

The girly cover seems quite light for the story to me, but appealed to DD as it is a bit more grown up than Jacqueline Wilson covers.

More feedback will follow when she finishes.

SlittySluttySlots Mon 03-Jun-13 22:08:59

Not sure if the giveaway is still taking place but would love a.copy odd to.share with DD. She is.probably too young now but as a poster up thread said, such young children away - it's heartbreaking.

Even if i don't get, at least Aviva will donate £2 to help the Railway Children continue their valuable work!

Cocodale Mon 03-Jun-13 10:35:27

Would like for my 13 yr old daughter and her 10 yr old sister, certainly something to be addressed.

gazzalw Mon 03-Jun-13 07:33:47

sorry perhaps not entirely appropriate of me to be using the grin emoticon given the subject matter but you know what I mean....

gazzalw Mon 03-Jun-13 07:25:23

It brings to mind the time-honoured expression "don't judge a book by its cover"...grin. Very apt for this book grin.

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