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I know the mill has a story cos there's something strange going on. I heard something. I've decided that I'm going to find out what it is later today when Ma leaves. Cos even if it is scary, we live here and we're never leaving. So if there's something going on, I need to know.

In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the streets. To the girl it's home, her safe place, the Castle. But as her ma spins out of control and the Authorities move ever closer, the girl finds herself trapped - stuck in the crumbling mill with only the ghosts of the past for company.

Can she move on before it's too late?

'Perfect for fans of David Almond and Katherine Rundell' - The Guardian
'A compelling and heart-breaking debut with an unexpecting twist, reminiscent of A Monster Calls' - Glamour magazine
'Pitch-perfect Dublin voice' - Irish Times
' The Girl in Between' grabbed me from the start and held on so tight it left bruises' - Geraldine McCaughrean
'In turns beautiful, devastating and ultimately uplifting, The Girl in Between demands re-reading' - Zana Fraillon , author of The Bone Sparrow
`Dark, sometimes profound, this is the kind of book that envelops readers in its world, sending them blinking into the light with the voice and images still ringing in their heads' LoveReading4Kids.co.uk
`A descriptive story that's intriguing, emotionally engaging ... with a twist at the end.' The Book Bag


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6th March '18
Madina read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
Amazing emotional book really enjoyed it highly recommend it to anyone 
17th April '17
Alisha read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I cant review this book as a different book came in its place

*no one sees me Im invisible*
22nd May '17
Zoe Moore read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
4 stars
The protagonist, Sam, and her Ma are homeless. Hiding from the Authorities, the invisible girl and Ma find refuge in the Mill.
The Girl In Between is Sarah Carroll's compelling debut novel. It had a slight slow pace but my patience was rewarded. This story lightly touches on some big issues (eg. alcoholism/homelessness).
The Girl In Between is pitched at those interested in YA novels and is completely suitable for younger readers aside from the occasional swearing.
Due to the slow pace I wasn't particularly certain how I felt about it, but the plot twist in the ending helped me to make better sense of the novel, so I came to appreciated how wonderfully written it was.
Overall, The Girl In Between is intriguing, with a unique storyline. Although it took a while for me to value the beauty of the plot; it was beneficial on my outlook on life.
29th April '17
Cupcake Cutie read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
I just couldn't put it down ! It's so interging , I always wanted to read more . Whilst reading this book I felt a mixture of emotions.  It's slightly sad  but then again it's a great book . I would definitely recommend this book to anyone 10+ .
24th April '17
Han read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
4 stars
'No one sees me, I'm invisible' the voice of the homeless girl repeats. 'I had always seen people begging on the streets...I just didn't know we were like them.'  'It used to be real good.  Before it went real bad'
I'm not even sure she tells us her name throughout the entire, beautifully written, dark story.  This is a story about a young nameless girl and her addicted mum.   They've lived in loads of places, her and her mother, 'but Gran's was the best.' ...until an old argument between her mother and grandmother prompts her mum to leave. There's nothing glamorous about homelessness. A tent on a beach, a shed, alleyways. No home, just different places. Nameless and invisible, the girl and the homeless.  They leave stability, meals, warmth and school. Her mum tries her best, she loves her daughter completely but still manages to do wrong by her; a host of bad decisions and a dependency on alcohol eventually lead them to the Castle. The Castle is really an old abandoned mill, ripe for development, with an old man, the Caretaker, who lives just outside. While her mum begs on the street the girl remains hidden, invisible in the shadows so as not to draw attention to herself, to avoid being put in to care.  The days can be lonely and lengthy all by herself in the Castle until she hears a noise and, determined to investigate, we start to learn more of her life and how she ended up in the Castle.

But things aren't all as they seem.  The patient reader is rewarded with a gently paced story dealing with homelessness and grief, heartbreaking at times. 
18th April '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
4 stars
The book started off slowly and I'll be honest didn't grip me immediately. It took time for me to be fully immersed, but once I was a few chapters in, I couldn't put it down. 
The story is engaging and incredibly descriptive. The author manages to draw you successfully into the world of the characters, even though none of them has a name! 
The twist, which  I'll be honest I did figure out two thirds into the story, still manages to shock you. 
Overall a brilliant read and i'd heartily recommend to any teenage reader. The first being my 13 yr old son!
14th April '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
4 stars
The girl in between is though provoking and heart wrenching in places.  I think it's a well written book that fits well in the current YA market.

I will read this book to Boo (age 10) but it will bring up subject matters that I feel need discussion with her being so young.
28th May '17
Wolflover37 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
4 stars
This book was read with my mum as she wanted to read it too. We both enjoyed it. It made me really think about what it must be like to have an addict mother and be homeless. You can see the mother loves her daughter though. There were hidden meanings throughout and the author describes things indepth. There was one part especially that made me cry. This book has helped me understand more about the homeless and even inspired us to try harder to help. As a family we went into the city and offered some homeless people food gift vouchers, toiletries and some old books :-)
A great book for the older reader!
22nd May '17
Applyby Queerditch Marsh read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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3 stars
The book- girl in between is a book that is really sweet. It reveals how true a mother's love is. But it also shows the other side which looks more abusive. It includes lots of well-hidden metaphors and the book has a really pure moral.It got me hooked in the beginning but I drifted off during the middle but re-connected near the end. It got me asking questions and hoping they would be answered but they supposedly weren't, leaving me intrigued.All in all, it was an amazing book and I can't wait for any new books coming out from the author!
22nd May '17
Firefly12 read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
3 stars
This book is different to other books I've read because it has more of an edge and it also has a deep meaning towards it. It is very mysterious and got me thinking deeply into what happened. The meaning I found was that sometimes you need to step out from the shadows, and into the light. This is because the girl in this book was unknown even her name was, but eventually she found the right thing to do and to stop being invisible and not be afraid to step out into the light. Three words I'd use to describe this book is mysterious, deep and moving. This basically sums up the book to me. I feel this book is sort of like a cliff hanger because their are lots of questions that are unanswered to me like what will happen to her when she is now gone out to the light? What has happened to her family? In this book as the invisible girl is invisible she doesn't have much friends but lots of interesting characters are introduced who have had a bad past. There isn't much "laughing moments" in this book which makes it different to others I've read. I would recommend this book because it is a something different to read and it is unique with a different feeling when I read it.
22nd May '17
Firefly11 read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
3 stars
I really enjoyed reading the girl in between because it is different to books that I usually read and that I had to look deeper into the book to understand the meaning of it. The book was about a girl and her mother and they are homeless and are always looking for a new castle (home) to call theirs. They found a windmill to live in, however it is really old and the floor boards are weak. There is one problem, the authorities are looking for them so the girl and her mother have to hide. The girl can't leave the windmill and has to stay hidden in the shadows while her mother goes begging for some coins to pay for new light bulbs and some food for them to eat. The girl is very adventurous and loves reading fairy tails so like in one of the tales she read, she placed some coins all over the mill and pretended that she couldn't find her way and followed the trail, but then something strange happened. The  coins had disappeared and the girl thought that it was a ghost so she went on a hunt to look for them but it turned out that it was the caretaker who thought it was his dead daughter leaving them for him. But then the girls worst nightmare occurred right in front of her eyes the authorities had entered the mill and wanted to tear it down so the girl had to make traps to run them out. At the end of the book, the girl and her mother separated. This book left me having loads of questions and I do recommend it.
22nd May '17
Myra read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
3 stars
I like The Girl In Between because it was unlike any book I had read before and it had a very interesting story-line. There are many untold details and unsolved mysteries in the book, but I extremely liked this feature because it enabled me to think deeply about it and look for hidden metaphors or clues inside the book. Three words I would use to describe this are: emotive, mysterious and captivating. I would recommend The Girl In Between to children in Secondary School because for younger children, it may be harder and more confusing to comprehend the events in the story. 
22nd May '17
Lily Read read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
3 stars
I liked reading this book because of the description in this book. The writer describes the atmosphere so deeply that you could just imagine it in your head. I also liked this book because I don’t usually read books that are too depressing or haunting but it was nice to read a type of book that is different from the books you usually read.

The fact that I didn’t enjoy reading this book was, because the writer isn’t really clear about what’s actually going on in the book. I also think the writer used the word “Ma” too much because it gets a bit boring. From my opinion I think the writer could’ve used different words to describe the character rather than just keep saying their name again and again.
14th May '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
3 stars
This is a good book. It took me a while to get into it, but after 3,4,5 chapters i really got into it and could hardly put it down. It is quite confusing as it seems each chapter is a different time period in the childs life with the 'authorities' always after her. The characters were well described, although there were no names of the main characters mentioned at all except the names that the girl made up and Caretaker and so on. It was quite confusing because the moment the story says about one event, it could be many chapters after that it actually says what went on.
27th April '17
Flutegirl read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
3 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book and was gripped all the way through, however i didn't really understand the ending. It is about a girl who can't be seen and she lives in a mill with her ma. They ran away from Gran's house and have been hiding from the authorities for years.Then she finds something spooky in the mill and tries to find out whats wrong. I would recommend this book to anyone 10+ (you will probably understand the ending  )
18th May '17
I read it to Rodborough Readers aged 11 to 15
The Girl in Between 9781471160622
1 stars
Rather disjointed story line. It didn't really feel as if the story was going anywhere.
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Sarah currently splits her time between a houseboat in Dublin and travel abroad. She recently returned from five years in Tanzania where she founded and ran a hostel while working to support local community projects. She continues to promote ethical overseas volunteering through her blogs and films on www.theethicalvolunteer.com, while planning her next book...

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