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The Girl with Space in Her Heart

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Mabel has a suitcase full of worries it turned up just after her dad disappeared and before her mum started dating Gavin. She worries about big things and little things and shoves them into her suitcase until its so full it might explode... Fourth title from critically-acclaimed author of A Boy Called Hope and The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair (shortlisted for ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Usborne Books
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
A heartbreaking MG read about family relationships, secrets and the Classic 'what if' situation. Main character Mabel is one day told by her older sister Topaz that she feels their Mum's boyfriend isn't being loyal to them. In fact, quite the opposite. Mabel isn't so sure but agrees to take part in spying on his movements, while still trying to come to terms with her biological Dad walking out on the family years back. Loved the Astronomy representation and array of characters. I'm a grown adult ...more
Samuel Shuttleworth
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. Another book from Lara Williamson. Heartfelt and funny, this book was a lovely addition to Lara's ever growing collection of books. However, it was no where near as good as a boy called hope, which I read many years ago and is among one of my favorite reads. I mean, this book was good and I would recommend it, but all the way through the book I hoped it would pick up, which it did between pages 247-294, but then went down hill from there again where it got very simple and predictable. The ...more
Stephen Connor
Another Lara Williamson book, another whirlwind of modern family life, this time taking in Mabel Mynt and her sister, Topaz.

Mabel is obsessed with the stars (and how lovely it is to see a STEM-loving female lead), and is suitably smitten with her mums new boyfriend, Gavin, who is similarly knowledgable about all things space. Topaz, however, thinks shes seen Gavin with another woman, and so plots to prove it to her mum to avoid her suffering heartbreak.

Witty, with twists and turns throughout,
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Les McFarlane
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mabel Mynt always has room in her suitcase of worries for one more worry. Since her dad went away the suitcase feels like it may crush her, however close she gets, she is unable to tell anyone about it or make it any lighter.
Her mum is seeing Gavin now, Mabel likes Gavin -he loves space as much as she does. Sometimes, just for a few fleeting moments, when she spends time with him or they spend time as a family, Mabel feels as if the worries are lifted - but it never lasts long. Especially as
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Kath Middleton
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this delightful and sensitive book. Mabel is a child with a lot of worries. She imagines a suitcase in her mind where she stuffs them, more and more of them. Her father left home suddenly, her mum doesnt want to speak about him and now Mum has a boyfriend. He shares Mabels obsession with space, stars, astronomy. Add into the mix an obnoxious older sister, now at secondary school but always cross and angry, and Mabels not having a very good time of it.

The story touches on many of a
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Kellen Foord
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy read, alittle bit slow in the beginning but had a great ending. If you are looking for something light hearted and easy to read it's worth it!
Shatterlings
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute little read with a sensitive take on mental health issues, it would be good to share with a smallish person if you have one, or just read yourself on a dull winter day.
Shayney Hardcastle
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
To be fair, this wasnt a book that was written for my age range and I could tell that instantly while reading it. This was a little disappointing as I was really excited about this book, as it sounded interesting and enticed me enough to want to read it. However, for me, the writing kind of let this down, as Im not a fan of the simple miscommunications that were happening throughout this book. You saw the differences clearly in the age range, from what an adult would see and do, to what the main ...more
Maisie Masterman
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely book tat deals with what are often perceived as hard topics such as mental health, an absent family member and bullying. Great first person perspective, touching descriptions and poignat plot
Mrs Craig
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Well written but I just felt the story line was a little unrealistic at times. Much preferred Boy called Hope.
Summer Needham
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mabel is the sweetest girl ever and I love her poems. Especially the My Life one! ...more
Jenny Caddick
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another stunning, and eagerly awaited story from the brilliant Lara Williamson. Space smitten young Mabel Mynt is an anxious , sensitive schoolgirl .Her dad has disappeared without a proper goodbye or reason and big sister Topaz is moody, secretive and determined to meddle in and end their mums new relationship with Galactic Gavin, with whom Mabel is forming a bond with over their mutual love of the stars. School isnt much better with new girl Dolly Rose proving to be a prickly and often angry ...more
Defne Ayaz
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It`s been ages since Lara Williamson has released a new book, but this was definitely worth the wait. It follows a girl named Mabel Mynt, and what happens when her sister Topaz ropes her into a plan to get rid of her mum`s boyfriend Gavin when she suspects he`s up to no good. Mabel is also having trouble trying to befriend the new girl at school and is still struggling to deal with her dad leaving. Basically, she has a lot going on, and I defy anyone to not want to give her a massive hug when ...more
Lilyfae
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Girl With Space in Her Heart is a beautiful exploration of mental health, the gaps in support and understanding and how anxiety can spiral and the importance of talking and sharing worries within the home, between friends and seeking help rather than bottling things up.

I was expecting a coming of age story with an older protagonist, and instead I got a beautiful youthful family drama. Mabels age is never quite revealed but we know she is in primary school and she is very innocent, her voice
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Eve beinguniquebooks
In this book Mabel faces even more space being made in her heart as after her dad left, her mum met Gavin or as her sister Terrible Topaz as she calls her calls Gavin, Galactic Gavin as he's a huge fan of astronomy like Mabel is.



As Topaz gets Mabel involved in figuring out a way to tell their mum that Gavin is cheating on her, Mabel feels even more lonely as Gavin was helping her and they got on especially as she discovers a letter from her dad to her, while she discovers Topaz has a while other
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Lydia Illingworth
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A hard topic solved by this book in the most beautiful way I have ever seen in a book
Christina Reid
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, thoughtful book as with all from this author. Full review to come!
Suzanne Bhargava
Another lovely book to add to your middle grade Building Empathy collection. Mabel is a girl with a lot of worries that are really starting to weigh her down. The trouble is, she doesnt want others to worry about her, so she cant talk to anyone about it. She learns, over time, that everyone is struggling with something and it really does help to open up and talk about it. ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely book that explores the anxieties of modern family life. Carrying worries around can make life really hard at home and school. This story has a mix of a mystery, family drama and a little bit of space to pull it all together. A good book for children aged 9-12.
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Lara Williamson is currently attached to her computer keyboard in London. Before this she studied Fashion Design and was attached to a sewing machine in Northern Ireland. Her début MG novel A BOY CALLED HOPE will come out on March 1st 2014. Meanwhile, she is spelling out exciting words in potato alphabet shapes, looking at Uranus, thinking of zombie dogs and counting the days until she can tell ...more

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