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The Girl in the Mask

Mad HatterThe Girl in the Mask
by Marie Louise Jensen

So far we have received 24 reviews of The Girl in the Mask. You can read them below.

Molly from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I found this book a really good read considering the lack
oftension or action. I would recomend this book and I thought
it would be good and it is. It did let down my expectations in
some ways but I did find it good to read also. I would recomend
this book to other people because even though it wasn't as good
to me it probably would be good for someone else.

Marks out of 10: 7

Phoebe from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I found this book intriguing and thrilling in some places, but
with some tension let-downs, e.g. I wanted there to be more of
a romantic connection between Sophie and Peter. I found it a
little difficult to get into, but when i did I found a good
read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good

Marks out of 10: 8

Eva from Year 8, Hayfield School:

This book is really a thrill to read, my favorite part is when
she helps a friend reunite with her brother, i don't like the
part when the girls dad finds out she has been going out
without telling him. I would recommend this book to people that
loves thrills.

Marks out of 10: 8

jodie from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

this book is so heart warming, it brought a tear to my eye when
i read this book.

Marks out of 10: 7

Elliemay from Year 7, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

This book was excellent to read, some parts I found tricky. But
the rest of the story was really amazing, The story was really
intersting. How sophia has a dangerous secret that she kept
from her father.

Marks out of 10: 5

Brooke from Year 7, De Warenne Academy:

i liked this book but i coudnt get used to all the old lanquge
in it. i also thought the ending wasnt very good either

Marks out of 10: 8

Charlotte from Year 8, Hayfield School:

The girl in the mask is a historic novel based in Bath. That
makes it sound boring doesn't it?? Well, actually the girl in
the mask is very exciting and very interesting too!! It is told
by Sophia, a girl whose horrible, cruel father is desperate to
marry her off to some man, preferably one about 50 years older
than her!!! But Sophia is independant and strong and would
rather do anything else, so turns to highway robbery, along
with many other exciting and daring adventures!!! You will fall
in love with the characters and really care what happens to
them and if you read this book you will not be disappointed!!

Marks out of 10: 9

Emily from Year 7, De Warenne Academy:

This book was a good read but not my genre of book a.k.a
historic but it was enjoyable. my best character was aunt
becuose of her two personaltys of being a strict house cleaner
and having fun playing cards. if you are in to historical books
defonatley read this

Marks out of 10: 7

Ciara from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I found girl in the mask an amazing story however it was sad
at some points and really exciting at other parts and
adventurous.Girl in the mask is about a girl called sophia and
she embarks on a exciting adventure where she finds living in
Bath is horrible and then she is taught how to be a robber by
night and finds she kind of likes living in Bath and then when
her father dies she has an offer if she wants to become a spy
and she takes it.

Marks out of 10: 10

Elliemay from Year 7, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

I found this book not interesting. But in some parts i found
really good. i liked how the book was set in the time king
George ruled Britain. I gave this book 7 because its not my
type of book.but i enjoyed it.

Marks out of 10: 7

Ellie from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This is a great book for people who love suspecion and
excitment. I read this book in 1 day as it was so interesting
and great i couldnt take my head out of it. A great book its a
must read.

Marks out of 10: 8

Abby from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The Girl in the Mask is about a girl named Sophia, who lives in
the country with her cousin Jack and loves it there because she
is free to ride, shoot, walk and read. That is until her father
comes back from the West Indies and sends Jack to the army.
Then takes Sophia to Bath, along with his sister- Sophia's
auntie, hoping to marry Sophia off, but Sophia doesn't wish to
be married so she tries her best to deer any chance of making a
good impression on anyone. Playing a game with her father,
getting beaten for it too; so she gets revenge- by robbing him.
And soon the game gets really serious. The story is
well-written and the plot always seems to hold the readers
The story is told in first person, by Sophia, which is
effective as she is practically an outsider in some ways, like
to all political opinions, and this is useful as the viewpoint
isn't twisted into one groups favor. This also lets you see her
reasons to rob and she still tries to say morale.
my favorite character was Jenny because she was almost always
optimistic and literally lived for the thrill and for the
moment. I least liked Captain Mould as he was up himself,
thinking he's the best and he came across sexist, "It's your
father's decision, not yours", "I would challenge that right".
This is a historical-adventure book, it is also an awesome
I really liked this book; so far it's my favorite Doncaster
Book Awards book, this year. It is well-written; uses facts
that makes the setting more believable. Some of the characters
come across so well that their opinions and the readers are
merged so that a characters opinions are incorporated into the
audiences'. Read it!

Marks out of 10: 10

from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Sophia has a cousin called Jack but he goes as soon as Sophia
and Jack start shooting birds. Unfortunatly Sophia's dad had
just come back from a long, long holiday. He saw Sophia and
punished her severly and sent Jack back to his proper home.
Sophia was in great distress over it. Her dad was fed up with
her being like a man instead of a woman, so he sent her to The
Bath where they learn to be proper women. I didn't like this
book very much because it seemed too grown up for me.
It also was rather boring at the start.

Marks out of 10: 5

Naomi from Year 8:

The Story-line and characterisation is good, however the way
Marie-Louise Jensen introduces the whole story, doesn't make
the read want to
Personally I found it very difficult to focus on reading
this book and when I finished reading up until Chapter Four, I
lost my interest altogether. In my opinion I think 2/5 people
would enjoy reading this book. I think the writer should
improve by not dragging a point on for so long and making the
paragraphs more interesting.

One of the key points I enjoyed about the book was wwhen the
writer provided detail through a historical note (at the back
of the book) about the failed 1715 rebellion... Also i liked
how she included the names of real people who helped the
Rebellion such as, General Wade, Ralph Allen, and Beau Nash.

Overall this book is very boring and not and interesting book
to read.

Marks out of 10: 3

Daisey from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This is not a book I would have read if I didnt go to Marie's
presentation but it still was quite good. The tension builds
up. My favourite part was when the dad finds out about her, I
hope my dad is never like that . Its a very intriging book and
I like that it has historic facts in it. I would recommend
this to 10 to older readers because younger might find it
boring. My favourite character is Sophia because she is very
adventurous. Love it.

Marks out of 10: 6

Sarah from Year 13, The Armthorpe Academy:

Despite the fact I don't usually like these kind of historical
books, I actually decided to give this book a go, just to see
what it was like. I was actually surprised; The Girl in The
Mask is a nice, neat storyline, with loveable characters and a
really heartwarming plot.

The plot itself is really nice and traditional. A young,
rebellious teenage girl lives with a harsh, unloving father. In
order to escape his ways, she turns to criminal activity as a
way of 'getting her kicks'. The book is written in a way that
really does make you think, and you'll also find yourself
yelling at quite a few of the characters in your head for being
too naiive or quiet.

One thing that a lot of historical books struggle with is being
accurate. Not the case here, this book is clearly very lovingly
researched, and even the thoughts and manners of the people in
it are really believable! It's nice to have a book that's so
honest, blunt, realistic and so well-written that it could
actually be true.

Overall, I'd recommend this book if you prefer a much deeper
and maybe even darker plotline to jam-packed action. I'm not
gonna lie, it's not choc-full of highwayman action and dramatic
swordfights, but not every book needs to be. This is one of the
deeper books on the shortlist, so if you're in it for the
characters and the captivation, you should really give this one
a go!

Marks out of 10: 7

Rebecca from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

fantastic book. loved it. i like how the girl is a highway

Marks out of 10: 8

ellie from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This was a very well thought book, and when i read,it felt like
i was there in the scene.I thought that it did drag on alittle
bit towards the end,but some how i found away or somthing
that made mw want to hang on and find out, what happend at the

Marks out of 10: 8

Abby S from Year 10, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is based on the 1715 rebellion at the beginning of
Georgian England. Sophia is the main character in the book; she
is a teenage girl who has lived alone with her cousin, Jack,
for four years. She led an easy life, with no one to tell her
what to do. She’d read plays, go out horse-riding, go
shooting and wear in unfashionable outfits. None of which was
acceptable for a lady in those times. One day, when Sophia was
out practicing her shooting with her cousin, Sophia’s strict
and tyrannical father returns unexpectedly. Upon catching
Sophia in such an unladylike act, he cruelly punishes her and
then proceeds to burn all of Sophia’s much loved books and
plays, even ones that she spent ages saving up for. Then
Sophia’s Aunt Amelia arrives and together she and Sophia’s
father decide to move to Bath with Sophia. Meanwhile Jack is
sent off to fight in the army. Sophia had a bad reputation in
the place where she lived and her only hope is to find a good
husband in Bath when all the rich families visit. However,
Sophia doesn’t want to get married. Nor does she want to lead
the boring life of a lady; Looking pretty, attending balls (in
ridiculously large, lacy dresses) and sewing. She soon decides
to lead her own adventurous, dangerous, exciting life under the
cover of night… A very different life.
‘The Girl in the Mask’ is my favourite book I’ve read on
the DBA so far this year, actually it’s definitely my
favourite I’ve read on the DBA ever (I think I say that in
every review but this time I’m serious). In a previous
Doncaster Book Awards I read Marie-Louise Jensen’s ‘The
Lady in the Tower’ and I recall that being one of my
favourite books at the time. The fact that my favourite genre
of book is historical fiction probably has something to do with
it. I liked this one more though because I love this point in
history. The Georgian era was fabulous with all the huge wigs,
makeup and elaborate dresses, I love it. Highwaymen (or women
in this case) have always interested me. I just think they’re
incredibly epic and I’m not sure why. The idea of a girl
escaping her life as a young Georgian lady and becoming
something so daring and unlawful is quite original I think.
It’s really great. My favourite character is Mr Charleton
because he’s really charming and clever, I love him. I also
bought a signed copy of the book which is awesome.
You cannot even begin to comprehend my love for this book,
I love the cover as well, it’s really pretty. Everything is
just so perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone because
it’s just that good. It’s certainly not just a girl book.

Marks out of 10: 10

hazel from Year 8:

This book was reallt difficult to empathize with the characters
and overall, to enjoy and read the book.

I found this book very boring, the whole plot, story base-line
and characters make me feel discouraged to read throughout.

The authour has obiously put a lot of effort into this book, I
appreciate that. However I think this book would most likely
appeal to an older generation who enjoy action and history

Marks out of 10: 1

Katie b from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is very good, it's all all about this girl call
Sophia. Her father tells her that her behavior is not good
enough for a young lady but Sophia has different ideas so she
slips into a highway robber. Something tries to get into
Sophia's heart, will she let it ? I would recommend this book
for people who love mysteries. I thought it was really good and

Marks out of 10: 9

Ella from Year 7, Hayfield School:

At the start, this book was hard to get in to and there was
nothing willing me on to read it. I left it a few weeks,
convinced the rest of the book wouldn't be much better... but
it was.
It wasn't really a thrilling book in my opinion, the main part
didn't make me shiver with fright, or beam with happiness, or
stay up all night reading it.
The story is quite interesting when you understand it, I
absloutely loved it :)

Marks out of 10: 8

Katie B from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is very interesting but it is very difficult to
understand. Despite this issue it was a good book to read.

Marks out of 10: 5

Jade from Year 7, Hatfield High School Visual Arts College:

At the start of this book was hard to get in to but nothing was
willing me to carry on reading. I think this book is for people
who like excitement over all this book was good but it could
have been better if it was not so boring at first!

Marks out of 10: 7

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