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Left Out

(Looking for Normal #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novella Award. "A compelling story about friendship, its strength, and the unusual ways it develops." Rebecca P. McCray, The Journey of the Marked 
  Being different isn't easy but it can be exciting! How well do you know your friends? Are they left-handed or right-handed? Are they left-brained or right-brained? And what difference does it
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published April 23rd 2017 by The 13th Sign
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'Left Out' is a brilliant teen read. Compelling and engaging it deals with the difficult subject of bullying, celebrates friendship and courage it can give people to be able to accept that being different doesn't make you worse but just that - different.
Very well written with great characters and dealing with difficult issues 'Left Out' is not to be missed.
Kath Middleton
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jamie is picked on at school for her clumsiness, which she attributes to being left-handed as nothing she uses is suitable. The only real friend she has is Ryan. He encourages her to research left-handedness and she finds out how many famous people, present and past, have been southpaws. She writes for the school newspaper, as does Ryan, though using a pseudonym. To both their horror, Ryan’s mum takes him away from their school in Wales to her native America but Ryan has hopes of wangling his wa ...more
Sue Wallace
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Left out by jean gill.
Being different isn't easy but it can be exciting! How well do you know your friends?
This was a fantastic read with brilliant characters. It was a surprising read. 5*. Tbc on fb.
B.A. Morton
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant teen book – would make a super TV series!
I grabbed this book with my grandson in mind but found myself hooked by the funky cover and attention grabbing interior. There’s so much going on inside it’s a real winner for kids, parents, and even teachers as there are many important and relevant issues touched upon, to question and debate.
Jamie is left-handed and wishes her peers were aware of how difficult the world can be for lefties. Her best friend Ryan encourages her to start a camp
Bruce Ashkenas
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Left Out, book 1 in the Looking for Normal series, by Jean Gill

This is a little book packed full of information and entertainment. Jamie is a left-handed high school student In Port Talbot, Wales who feels discriminated against because of her handedness. Her friend Ryan, a recent arrival from London, convinces her to do research on those of sinister (lefty) inclination, feeling that if she knows more about famous left-handers she’ll feel better about herself. It works, and Jamie becomes obsessed
Paul Trembling
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of 'young adult' books - it's been a while since I fell into that category - but I have read some of Jean Gill's excellent historical fiction (the Troubadour's series) so I know the quality of her work. And it was no surprise to find that she is just as good at opening up the lives of teenagers in a Welsh school as she was at delving into courtly romance with medieval knights!

The central premise of this story is that Jamie, the main character, is left handed - and she becomes
Amie McCracken
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not only was this a fun read, it was incredibly informative. And I couldn't believe the attachment I felt for the characters. The plot took directions I wasn't expecting. The writing was engaging and vibrant. Being a lefty myself this was an especially interesting book.
Chantelle Atkins
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this YA novel after enjoying the author's poetry collection With Double Blade. I enjoyed the writing style and content so much, I was immediately intrigued by a YA novel by the same author. This was a great and enjoyable read. I started it one day and finished it the next. The story revolves around Jamie and her best friend Ryan. Jamie is on a mission to bring about equality for left-handed people, while Ryan has bigger problems when he is sent to America and gets mixed up in a scho ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Unlimited, but must have gotten both on a freebie day or something. If hadn't, would have pulled the other on ku because I am ambidextrous {used to write left handed as well as right but the teachers in school....} and my son is left handed and he had problems with teachers in school, which meant the teachers had problems with me. If you don't see what the big deal about something so 'trivial' is, start paying attention to which way things open, be it the refrigerator or the door{s} to ro ...more
Anita Kovacevic
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Another one of Jean Gill's brilliant stories! The best thing a book can do is pull you in and make you think and feel, and this one does just that. No matter whether you are an adult or a teenager, this is definitely a story you should let into your library. Every educator and parent should read it, and so should teenagers (although we might try telling them they shouldn't, just to increase the chances of it actually being enticing to them).
The story touches on numerous important issues about g
LitPick Book Reviews
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jamie Williams is a klutz. This teenager from Wales drops things, trips over things, and she just isn't coordinated. Not only is she a klutz, but she is also left-handed. Jamie believes that her left-handedness is why she is so clumsy. People tease her for being different and tell her no one good at anything is left-handed. Ryan, Jamie's best friend, promises to prove them wrong. As Jamie and Ryan embark on a research journey, they learn just how many wonderful people are left-handed, and they l ...more
James Minter
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: left-handed people
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We are all different. It’s a fact and one that should be embraced and fostered. Without differences, the World would be a very grey, boring place, and without the vast array of innovations and cultures we all take for granted. Left-handedness is another example of the differences between people, and like all differences, it brings out prejudices similar to those held toward skin colour, religion, gender, height, weight and more.

Prejudices are negative behaviours learnt in childhood from parents,
Claire Stibbe
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this sumptuous book in one sitting and I know boys and girls will relate to the two main characters in a heartbeat. Who hasn’t been persecuted in middle school/high school? Even the “cool” kids take a fair beating at some time or another, because no one is comfortable in their own skin at that age. No matter how tough you think they are.

The story revolves around Jamie, enterprising and resourceful, and Ryan, deliciously delightful. What a great friend. But these are two intrepid kids wit
Billy Buttons
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Left Out
Author: Jean Gill

Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Editing: 7/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Content: 6/10
Cover: 9/10
Of the 17 readers:
14 would read another book by this author.
15 thought the cover was good or excellent.
15 felt it was easy to follow.
14 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
3 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
14 felt the author’s strongest
Cheryl Swales
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Wanting to read book 2

Want to see how Jamie and Ryan's friendship develops and their left handed studies and if Ryan recovers completely from his time in America
gj indieBRAG
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that LEFT OUT (Looking for Normal, #1) by Jean Gill is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Sally Mcdonagh
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story. A tale about being different and finding out that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. That we are all different in a our own ways.
Would recommend 😀
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Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named 'Endeavour', a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.

Publications are varied, including prize-winning poetry and novels,

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