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Disappearing Home

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Ten-year-old Robyn is the best shoplifter in the Liverpool tenement block she calls home. She's as tough as they come, but while she puts food on the table and tries to fit in at school, her mum and abusive step-father sleep off their hangovers at home.

As often as she can, Robyn escapes to her nan's cosy flat on the other side of town, where she reads Anne of Green Gables
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Tindal Street
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Julie Powell
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give away any spoilers but from the first introduction, I wanted to take Robyn home and nurture and protect her.

This story is one of heartbreak and hope, where dreams are measured in cartwheels and curry with chips is a luxury.

I absolutely loved the writing, so exquisite and real, so much so that I didn't want the story to end.

Being a writer myself, I learned much from this excellent piece of writing and urge for more of the same.

If I could have given twice as many stars allowed,
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Robyn is a young girl who just wants a loving home where she isn’t scared for her own safety as well as her mother’s. It would be hard not to get wrapped up in what is going on in Robyn’s life. My heart literally broke for her as she struggles with friendship, home life and wanting a stable home with a loving family.

Robyn’s ‘dad’ is a nasty piece of work who certainly rules the roost. He takes his anger and frustration out on both Robyn and her mother. Forced into stealing to benefit others, I w
Abigail T
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a signed copy of this book from my sister in law for my birthday. I did not realise until half way through that it was fiction. A great read and I found it thoroughly addictive, I enjoyed the tales of the tenement blocks as my mum also grew up in them in Liverpool so i found the story really nostalgic. A really charming read that also cuts to the bone of what it was like growing up back then in a deprived area. Loved it!
booklover BEV
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GOOD THRILLER. I loved robin's story was really good. A slow start but then found myself grasp into the story. Growing up in the 70's Liverpool Robyn suffers terrible abuse physically. But loved her strength of character. Found the story moving throughout. ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disappearing Home is by Deborah Morgan. This is a thriller about a young girl whose life is in danger and she is helpless to do anything about it. It is designed to make us aware of childhood poverty, child abuse, spousal abuse, and what is being done or not done to help it.
Robyn was ten when she first started stealing. Her parents forced her to do this and had her repeat it especially when they needed food, although she did it for other people too. Robyn knows what is right and wrong and knows
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I was fortunate to win a copy of Disappearing Home from Deborah Morgan, the author. Disappearing Home shows how many children live on the fringe never really being noticed by anyone other than the very people supposed to love and protect her and do anything but! Robyn is a good kid, loves her grandmother and sometimes her Mother. Her Mother has no idea how to love herself let alone love, care and protect her child. A kid navigating life at age 10 raising herself, watching out for fists, trying t ...more
Anna Douillard
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Compelling story

Sometimes when I am in the middle of a book and it is boring, I can't wait to finish it to get it over with. This is completely opposite to that. This young girl is so brave and admiral I had to read it all the to the end and enjoyed every minute.
Margaret Bamford
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sad book but one with hope for the main character who intended to have a better life. I read this book quickly because it was one that I could not put down. This story will stay in my mind for a long time.
Mrs Corinna Holmes
Afraid this disappointed I kept reading and reading waiting for something to happen and right at the end it was all rushed and almost predictable to a point. A sad story and in an ideal world I had hoped the main character would get a much better ending .
Michelle Prosser

Thoroughly enjoyed.sad story but pure real life as this does happen.but after so much sadness a happy ending at last x
Ann Morton
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is a really good read. Enjoyed every page of it. Highly recommended too everyone who likes a good book
A very quick read because it was so compelling I was glued to every page. Although my childhood was very different, I am almost the same age as Robyn. I have visited Liverpool and seen the waterfront and the buildings with the golden Liver birds (rhymes with "fiver", not "river" -- for those that didn't know). Oh, and my grandma used to mail us English comics, which means I even read Bunty when I was a kid. So some of the little touches of popular culture in the story really resonated with me, t ...more
Nicole McCann
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It feels wrong to say it was "great" story because it was a harsh, sad story about poverty and a beautifully clever girl growing up (or trying to grow up)in a bad situation with no-one to help her. I loved the way it was written from her point of view (11-12 year old) it was very clever.Very descriptive writing - here is an example: "Once our front door is open, you step straight into the lobby. It takes two cartwheels from here to get to the living room. It takes half a cartwheel to get from on ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of hope and heartbreak. Robyn does what she has to do to survive, shoplifting when she has to. Her Grandmother is a fun loving women who offers her wisdom, comfort and hope. She hopes Robyn will be different than her parents. Meanwhile Robyn is learning about the unpredictable ways of the people around her and about her own potential. A very emotional read i just wanted to take her home and protect her.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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Robyn is an 11-year-old girl with parents who have forced her to become street smart. They've shown her how to shoplift and expect her to steal everything on their shopping list. They are verbally and sometimes physically abusive. Robyn continues to love her mom through it all. They both do their best to survive and finally turn to drastic measures. ...more
Sue Frances
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I felt so sad for Robyn, the little girl in this book. My heart ached for her. Her world is rough and her life unfair! I always enjoy reading books about Liverpool, my dad grew up in Scotland Roads tenements so I could well imagine Robyn's tough time growing up. A really good read, heartbreaking but never sentimental! ...more
Sue Gardner
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Robyn's journey through complex issues affecting so many childhoods Deborah Morgan makes you want to know more about the characters and their stories :) can't wait for your next book **** ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Touching, true, absorbing and moving without being sentimental or special pleading - one of those novels you almost slide through it is so smoothly written and yet throughout you are completely engaged.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this, you can't but help love the poor girl who is the main character.

It makes me want to know where she is now and how she turned out

Fab book and I'd recommend it
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Touching true story without being sentimental. Lots of good visual images.
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