Girl in the Window

Penny Joelson

Girl in the Window
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Girl in the Window

Penny Joelson

See the world from another unique perspective in the thrilling new novel from the author of I Have No Secrets.

Nothing ever happens on Kasia’s street. And Kasia would know, because her illness makes her spend days stuck at home, watching the world from her bedroom window. So when she sees what looks like a kidnapping, she’s not sure whether she can believe her own eyes…

There was a girl in the window opposite - she must have seen it too. But when Kasia goes to find her she is told the most shocking thing of all. There is no girl.

An eye-opening and compulsive page-turner for readers aged 12 and up.


Kasia is mostly stuck in her room after a case of tonsillitis leaves her with the debilitating condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue). Too weak to attend school, she watches life passing by her bedroom window. One evening she sees what looks like the kidnapping of a little girl – and she notices that someone else in the window opposite hers has witnessed what happened too! She calls the police to investigate, but they and her neighbours both claim there’s no young girl living there. Is Kasia losing her mind? How can she find out more about this girl in the window when even a trip downstairs wipes her energy out?

Girl in the Window is a compulsive page-turner and, like Penny Joelsen’s first novel I Have No Secrets, it’s an interesting exploration of life for someone with limited abilities. Kasia struggles to accept her physical limitations, and most of her school friends fail to understand the seriousness of her invisible illness. Girl in the Window raises some pertinent themes surrounding community, friendships and support for vulnerable people, and Joelson does it in a way that is informative and compelling. This book is a must-read for fans of mysteries and other novels such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. For readers 12+.

Pilgrim Hodgson is a children’s and YA specialist at Readings Kids.

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