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Being Miss Nobody

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  152 reviews
...I am Miss Nobody.

Rosalind hates her new secondary school. She's the weird girl who doesn't talk. The Mute-ant. And it's easy to pick on someone who can't fight back. So Rosalind starts a blog - Miss Nobody; a place to speak up, a place where she has a voice. But there's a problem...

Is Miss Nobody becoming a bully herself?
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
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Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, uk
Was sent a copy.
Loved it.
Read within a day.
Really sweet story.
Sophie Crane
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This young adult novel absolutely blew me away. I was expecting a plot about a girl getting bullied but I got so much more than that. I was transported back to when I was at school and how difficult it was to negotiate the social battlefield. I know that young people have a much harder time with social media pressures and cyber bullying making issues at school seep into every waking moment. This novel tackles these and more, with the Seb plot always there in the background.

Tamsin Winter writes w
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received with many thanks from Usborne Publishing UK in exchange for an honest review.

Another version of this review can be found here.

Here are a few reasons to convince you to pick this gem of a book up!

1. Realistic portrayal of SM

I'm a sucker for books that deal with mental illness, and when I realized that this book would tackle Selective Mutism, a complex childhood anxiety disorder, I was instantly intrigued. That combined with blogging and bullying where the bullied might eventually resort
Nat (livebreaththeread)
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
A story about speaking out from a girl who can't.

I really enjoyed this book, the start of the book took my a while to read but once the main plot point of the story came I finished it in no time.

It really opened my eyes to bullying and how it can makes others feel. It really made me think about all the hurtful things that you can say to someone without realising it.

The book shows you that you should be careful how you deal with issues like bullying and that there is a very fine line between call
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
Hi again!
I just want to say: I think Being Miss Nobody is one of my favourite books I have EVER read in my ENTIRE life!!!!!!! My sister recommended it to me. At first, I thought, it looks okay. But then, when I really got into the book, I loooovvvveedddd it! I think that my favourite character was Seb. He was the little brother of the main character, Rosalind Banks. I liked Seb because he was always really positive and in a good mood. He was sick, but had a big smile on his face, every day and w
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Actual Rating: 4.5/5

Original Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter (Review) Blogpost

I am so lucky that i was able to get this book. It was so sad and heartbreaking. And i loved this book to the core.

This book is about eleven years old Rosalind, who suffers from Selective Mutism. This story is about her at new secondary school and her dealing with everything that comes with it. Its about friendship , loss, finding sanctuary and all in all how to be brave.

This story had a pretty realistic portrayal
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a heartwarming read with such a wonderful message.

I really loved this book. It follows a girl with selective mutism, something which I've never read about before. This book also touches on having leukaemia.

I thought the writing was really good. I really loved Rosalind and her brother. I really felt for her whole family.

This book deals with some really hard topics but does so in a way that is easy for children to understand.

I think this book can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoy Being Miss Nobody. This is a story about a girl with SM (selective mutism) name Rosalind. SM is something that I wasn’t really aware or have knowledge of. But through this book, I understand a lot! I am so grateful for that!

Reading this book is a bit difficult because I feel so helpless and angry. I just want to hug Rosalind so bad and just protect her from any meanies. But... let me tell you... Rosalind... oh gosh this girl. I don’t know how she can handle everything honestly. Tha
Dreamer Nightlock
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Even though I never had the same issues as the protagonist in this story it still had a sense of relatability which I find very important to keep the reader going. It wasn't really my reading style but I loved it anyway. ...more
Fiona Mackie
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story about 11 year old Rosalind, who has selective mutism (SM) - she is able to talk to her parents, brother and next door neighbour only. Everyone at her primary school understood about her inability to speak, but the decision to move her to a school where no-one knows her, as a 'fresh start', has proven disastrous. She is bullied constantly, and as she is silent and friendless, it is not picked up on at all, or the bullies lie about what they are doing, which is believed b ...more
Christina Reid
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up from the library, knowing absolutely nothing about it, but devoured it in one sitting. The story follows Rosalind, an eleven-year-old girl who is a selective mute and is negotiating moving to secondary school as well as her younger brother battling with cancer. Rosalind's family are so lovingly and realistically portrayed and I adored the relationship between Rosalind and Seb throughout the whole novel. Rosalind's neighbour and her potential first friend Ailsa, were also brillia ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves, so-sad
I found this book at a book fair. I had never seen it before so I had a look at the back and I liked the look of it, so I bought it. I finished it in a few days because I loved it so much. This book had me hooked until the very end. When I first started reading it, I didn't think it would be a sad book, but it was.

Rosalind Banks was the main character and she had Selective Mutism. I had never even heard of this before I read the book! In the beginning, the story just talks about her problems in
Adele King
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me to read by my 13 year old when I ran out of books to read. What a great book, I’m so glad my teen has read this.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awe, one of my favourite books. Tears are in my eyes.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted at Dual Reads

I received a copy for an honest review.

This is the most Book-Of-My-Life book I have ever read. There were times where it felt like this book was set in the school I went to (I actually pictured it as that school for basically the entire book. And the depiction of Selective Mutism was so spot on.

Rosalind, the main character, is delightful. She is eleven which initially worried me as I don't generally like to read from such a young perspective but s
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best debut novels I`ve read this year, if not ever. I was hooked from page one, as we`re told the story of Rosalind, a girl with selective mutism who is starting high school. The book sensitively tackles selective mutism, bullying and social media (and some parts of Rosalind`s school experience resonated with things I`ve seen in the past, and I feel like a lot of readers will be able to identify with her fears about secondary school). The book also dealt with childhood cancer ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a touching story about the journey of a girl who doesn’t speak, and when starting a new secondary school, she faces a lot of struggles, so decides to make a blog. In the story we see her blog grow and she becomes a lot more confident within herself online, yet when she’s is at school she doesn’t talk. Towards the end of the book we see rosalind improve as she gets help, and finally gets to a stage when she is talking, a mass difference to the start of the book.
I really enjoyed this book
Ruth Elizabeth
This was such an insightful book into the world of Selective Mutism, of which I didn't know anything about. This was the first book that I cried at - it was such a rollercoaster of emotions.

There are some many messages that run through the book, of speaking up, bullying, kindness, love and normalising therapy.

I also loved the concept that bullies can be bullied by people they are bullying and the underlying plot of Seb and leukemia which effects so many children and families!
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
Not an ordinary book. In fact, very special and endearing with unexpected twists and turns. Made me laugh out loud, and cheer as well, poignant too, this book is a keeper!
I’d read it again!
Ellen Stafford
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this in a good reads first read giveaway. I passed the book onto my niece who said it was a great book and she would give it 5 stars.
Jay Kenobi
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Riddhi Kishnadwala
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being Miss Nobody is the story of a little girl, Rosalind Banks, who finds it difficult to speak to people at times and therefore gets bullied at school for her inability. Things change slowly and gradually as she starts her own blog with the help of her little brother, Seb with the name of Miss Nobody, until the story takes an unexpected turn.
There are many characters in this book, some completely lovable like Rosalind's little brother Seb, as well as her parents, her next door neighbor, Mrs.
Charlie Palmer
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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Karen Barber
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I think most readers will empathise with Rosalind here. Though they may not live with selective mutism or have a younger brother dying of leukaemia they are likely to have felt insecure or anxious/worried about what others think of them.
When Rosalind starts at high school she is determined to try and create a positive experience. Full of good intentions, school soon becomes a place she hates as she’s mocked for not speaking.
Determined to find her voice, Rosalind starts a blog. Unfortunately the
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Read this book in just under 24 hours, any chance I got in my day I picked it up and read it. Although it is a teen book, I really enjoyed it and could relate to some of what happened in the book. I remember being so shy at school and not wanting to talk to others, but at least I had the option, I couldn't imagine not being able to at all. Loved the idea of her helping others and was extremely overjoyed by what happened at the end of the story. ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! I especially liked how they wrote the book, and how, not only was the main character dealing with having SM, but also was looking after her brother. It really shows you that even though she is going through a tough time, she is still going. I also really like the relationship between Rosalind, her Dad and her Brother, and how even though things aren't going well they are still able to joke around and have a good time! I would recommend this book to anyone 12+, I also th ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good because you get to see what life is like from another persons perspective. It is a sad book as at some points because you feel for her situation and how everything has got out of hand foand her. It is a friendship story. The ending was not the best as it could have gone into more detail about how things worked out. I would recommend it to girls age 12 and up.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Verging on the side of a bully herself, when things get taken out of her hands, a young girl, who doesn't speak, can't speak. Her actions have become someone else's and she's being blamed.

Brilliant message which I think teenagers should read. End had me bawling.
Rebecca Rouillard
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Rosalind has selective mutism which makes starting a secondary school even more terrifying. But when she can’t speak to defend herself from bullies, Rosalind starts an anonymous blog to give herself a voice. A wonderful story about friendship, anxiety, bullying and social media. The author is a teacher which is possibly why she gets the voice and the concerns of this age group so spot on - this book is hugely popular with the year 5 & 6s at school. Brilliantly done.
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Tamsin Winter grew up in a tiny Northamptonshire village where she spent her childhood reading books and writing stories. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university, and has taught English at secondary level for many year

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