What the World Doesn’t See by Mel Darbon


Young Reader Review

‘This tender book somehow manages to be both heart-warming and heart-breaking simultaneously. Maudie is a teenage girl going through all the average teenage girl things; crushes, friendships, exams stress. But her family is still fighting through their grief and her brother, Jake, has severe learning difficulties. When it gets too much for their Mum, Maudie and Jake must do everything they can to bring their family back together. The world doesn’t see their real grief or the real pure and uplifting Jake, they just see him when he is having a hard time. It is a really well written book and I felt like I knew the characters. I would highly recommend this book.’

Reviewed by Megan, aged 13 – 5/5 stars

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Maudie and Jake’s family is falling to pieces – their mum’s been struggling with her grief since they lost Dad and one night she vanishes. When Jake is put into care, Maudie can’t take it any more. She comes up with a wild plan to pull their family back together – by kidnapping Jake. On the run in Cornwall, Jake and Maudie each find something they hadn’t expected – freedom and love. But can they find Mum and a way to heal together?