Invisible Friend by Louise Arnold
Published by Hodder Children’s Books, 2005
Invisible Friend tells the story of Tom, starting a new school
bullied. Readers aged nine or ten and upwards will immediately
empathise with Tom, in school scenes of humiliation, and some unfortunately
will identify with his struggle to go to school each morning. There
is also a generous helping of humour in this story which is probably
necessary to dispel readers’ worries, especially those who
may be about to change schools.
However, there is help at hand for Tom. Grey Arthur, the ghost,
finds the perfect job in becoming his invisible friend. The sound
of Tom’s crying makes Arthur spring into action and his ghostly
mission is sealed.
Too normal for his own liking, Arthur has up to now had difficulty
belonging to any paranormal group.
Not scary enough to be a Screamer and not naughty enough to be
a Poltergeist, he identifies immediately with Tom.When he senses
Tom's unhappiness he realises he has found someone like himself.
He doesn't feel he fits in with the other ghosts, either and that
is when he realises what he is going to be. He's going to be Tom's
official Invisible Friend who will help him solve his problems.
great story, vividly portrayed, humorous and engaging, with a
real sense of threat from the school bullies but with a very
real and satisfactory ending.’
The School Librarian
Arnold manages to tackle important issues like self esteem and
bullying without being patronising and does so in a
quirky amusing way. Her great sense of humour shines through in
The Invisible Friend’
Loise Arnold's informative and amusing website at http://www.greyarthur.com/
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