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The Gospel According to St Rage

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Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist (2016)

Meet Barbara Bernsen, Former Invisible Girl.

Barbara isn't your typical high school junior. She's been invisible since the third grade. But when a magic hat brings her back into the light, Barbara is ready to take on the world. First priority? Start an all-girl garage band. Miraculous super powers were never in her plan, but someti
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Not A Pipe Publishing (first published July 14th 2016)
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Carole P. Roman
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-written book about the girl on the outside, the fringe-girl, who is able to disappear with the help of her "magic" hat. Karen Eisnebrey is able to capture the different voices of all the various kids in school, their angst, the worries, the need to be noticed. This is a great book in its realism, with likable characters that end up learning about themselves through music as they struggle to create a band. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes tender, The Gospel According to St Rage is a great comi ...more
Sherrey
In her début novel, The Gospel According to St. Rage, Karen Eisenbrey writes the story we all remember and perhaps have tweens or teens living through now. It’s a story of believing you don’t fit in, trying to fit in, feeling like a nerd, or pretending you’re invisible, like Barbara Bernsen.

Eisenbrey’s characters are so richly drawn you’ll have no problem picking out the one that fits your personality. Think back to junior high and high school and you’ll immediately understand the angst and frus
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Missy Graef
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Big scope! Good story. Great message of hope that all kids deserve a chance.
Joanna Hoyt
The title intrigued me, and the book blurb promised that this rage wasn't Westboro Baptist-style hate, so I wanted to find out what St. Rage's gospel might consist of. I'm glad I stopped to look.

I think I would have loved Barbara--aka St Rage-- whenever I met her. I was homeschooled so didn't have to navigate the social mazes she faces, but I loved and recognized Barbara herself. I loved her faith, which had a strong tough warm core, soft boundaries, and plenty of room for strangers, for new ide
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Kara
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the teenager that has not been part of the popular group, a little afraid to say what they really think, and never really clicked with many kids throughout school; here comes Barbara. It's Junior year of high school and maybe it's time that she finds her place. With a little help from a hat and super powers.

I liked the take on serious subjects. Growing up is hard to do and we watch Barbara learn how to be herself and deal with troubles her friends are in. There is hopefulness in standing up
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Rachel Barnard
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Bensen doesn't want to be invisible anymore. She's ready to be seen. She wants to form an all-girl punk rock band but doesn't know who to ask or how to ask them. Then she meets Jackson, charismatic and popular, and he introduces her to the first member of the future band. But Barbara isn't the only one on the fringes outside of popularity who wants to be seen.

I absolutely adored Barbara's inner commentary about herself and the world. She’s bleak and yet hopeful at the same time. She is t
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Nancy Cole Silverman
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Smart dialog, realistic settings and a protagonist who thinks she’s invisible until she finds a magic hat. I can’t imagine a YA reader who wouldn’t find Karen Eisenbrey ‘s The Gospel According to St. Rage both amusing and entertaining. But stop. It’s more than that. On the surface, Eisenbrey’s protagonist Barbara is an insecure teenage girl, who wants nothing more than to fit in and when she’s challenged to put together an all-girl band, things start to change. Like notes on a page of sheet musi ...more
Angelika Rust
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is YA as it should be. Not preachy, not filled with boring clichés, instead precise and exceptionally well told. The heroine is an absolutely average girl who slowly steps into the light (with a little push, aka help from her friends), and she does that not by taking her glasses off and letting her hair down, but by donning a hat and simply starting to do the things she wants to do, by evolving into a more confident, more relaxed version of herself. What the story tells us is that everybody ...more
Benjamin Gorman
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had this experience? A book is recommended to you, and you dutifully put it at the bottom of your to-read list. Then, when you finally get around to it, you kick yourself for not putting it right at the top? If not, you are either tearing through your list a lot faster than I am, or you aren’t reading enough books. If it’s the former, buy this one now and put it at the bottom of the pile you are so responsibly cranking through. If it’s the latter, consider yourself lucky that nothi ...more
Adam Oster
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loser girl turned punk rock superhero...Those six words should sell you on The Gospel According to St. Rage alone. But you know what, that still doesn't do this book any sort of justice.


Barbara has spent the majority of her life invisible. Whether she's been literally invisible or not is not entirely clear. Neither is it all that important, as whichever is true, no one at her school seems to even know she exists...until one chance meeting leaves her with a brand new hat and a new lease on life.
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Karen Eisenbrey lives in Seattle, WA, where she leads a quiet, orderly life and invents stories to make up for it. Although she intended to be a writer from an early age, until her mid-30s she had nothing to say. A little bit of free time and a vivid dream about a wizard changed all that. Karen writes fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as short fiction in a variety of genres and the occas ...more

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