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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Mary, a young blind girl, fed up with the way her family treats her, decides to go down to the sweetshop on her own. But on the way she is kidnapped. Mary must use all her ingenuity to find a way of escaping - and proving to everyone just how capable she is, even without being able to see.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 31st 2001 by Puffin Books (first published August 30th 1990)
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Kerrie
Jacqueline Wilson produces a story, slightly different to her older novels. The story focuses on a girl who is partially sighted, yet she wants to be treated the same as other children and be able to make her own decisions, without her disability stopping her. She travels to the corner shop alone, going against her families' wishes and becomes involved in a robbery and is kidnapped. I did not like this book at all. I was quite shocked and surprised by the storyline. I found it quite scary and un ...more
Catch These Words
Aug 20, 2013 Catch These Words rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Noone
If the aim of this book is to educate people about blindness then it is terrible. I can forgive the plot being unbelievable, it's a childrens book and so there is an element of that to be expected. However, the way Mary's visual impairment is portrayed is totally unrealistic and a clear sign of a lack of research. Honestly if you want to educate children about being blind go nowhere near this book.

A much more detailed and reasonable review written by me can be found here
Fatima
Mary is a girl who is almost blind but she could see things that are really close. She decides to go to the shop by herself even though she's not allowed. She gets kidnapped on her way out of the shop and has to try to escape. I didn't really like this story because it gives the reader the wrong picture of blind people and their families. Yes the parents of a blind person might be more protective but not to the point where they don't let their child out of bed or down the stairs. I know because ...more
Mia
This was very boring, even when I was about 7 or 8 years old. The plot was basic and extremely unrealistic.
Amie
This was an exciting story, scared me a bit when I was younger.
Alsie
Exciting kidnapping story, quite scary
Jasmine
Aug 24, 2010 Jasmine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: alsie and abz and puz
quite a scary book. very exciting!!!!!
Panha
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