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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Mary is fed up of being wrapped in cotton wool by her gran. Being blind doesn't mean that she can't look after herself. So Mary decides to go down to the sweetshop by herself for the first time but the trip is more eventful than she could ever have imagined and the shop is burgled whilst Mary is in there! How will she escape and get home safely?
Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published May 31st 2001 by Puffin (first published August 30th 1990)
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May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book about a girl who cannot see very well and is kidnapped at a shop near her house. The rest of the book is about how she manages to get out of the situation by thinking out of of the box.

I recommend the book because it shows us if we keep calm, we can focus on getting out of a tough situation. My favourite part of the book was when she got back to her family.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember reading this several times as a child and loving it , one of Wilson’s best
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse Simon
Not Jacqueline Wilson's best but I'm probably biased because I'm too old to be reading it for the first time anyway.
Overall it's great, but the ending falls flat.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Read this as a kid and it is pretty scary for a kid's book! But it's still an enjoyable read!
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me how good it was. The subject matter was different and interesting. It kept me griped and I read it in one sitting.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting kidnapping story, quite scary
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: alsie and abz and puz
quite a scary book. very exciting!!!!!
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Bad...
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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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