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Take a Good Look

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  165 Ratings  ·  13 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 (first published August 30th 1990)
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Feb 23, 2017 Hol rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Read this as a kid and it is pretty scary for a kid's book! But it's still an enjoyable read!
Aug 08, 2013 Kerrie rated it it was ok
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
Aug 20, 2013 CatchTheseWords rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Noone
Shelves: disabled-char
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
Jul 10, 2013 Fatima rated it liked it
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
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Mar 30, 2015 Reem Elfateh rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book when I was younger , it was a quick funny read
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Jul 17, 2010 Alsie rated it really liked it
Exciting kidnapping story, quite scary
Jul 16, 2010 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: alsie and abz and puz
quite a scary book. very exciting!!!!!
Jul 06, 2013 Mia rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
This was very boring, even when I was about 7 or 8 years old. The plot was basic and extremely unrealistic.
Jun 05, 2012 Panha rated it liked it
Not Bad...
Mar 09, 2013 Amie rated it liked it
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This was an exciting story, scared me a bit when I was younger.
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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