Isabel and her family are poor but happy. They have each other. Isabel finds positives in her world. But one day there is no longer enough money to pay their bills. They have to move to a block of flats in a more urban area.
Isabel struggles to find positives around her and feels herself becoming more and more invisible every day.
Then she realises she can see other “invisible” people. She sets out to help them do small but good deeds. Their invisibility soon disappears and Isabel realises she and her new friends have made a difference.
Tom’s illustrations just add to the power of his words.
You feel the chill of Isabel’s frosty bedroom in winter.
You feel the warmth of the fire, the family sitting around it.
You feel the invisibility of Isabel as she wanders around her new neighbourhood.
You feel hope when she realises she has made a difference.
Tom Percival has based this story on his own lived experiences. There are too many still living this experience.
We all have a place, somewhere we belong. It is not just poverty that can make people invisible to others. This book is an excellent way into having these unfortunately necessary discussions.
The message of hope the book delivers is powerful. It reminds us that small acts can make a big difference. It reminds us to look for the helpers.
I received an eARC from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster UK Children’s to review. Thank you