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Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
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Things Not Seen (2002)

by Andrew Clements

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Winner of American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award!

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old-boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming-Bobby is just plain invisible. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby's new condition; even his dad the physicist can't figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He's a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She's blind, and Bobby can't resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again-before it's too late.
  Sara1211 | Oct 18, 2016 |
I absolutely loved this book! I loved that it was written in a way that felt like the author was talking straight to you. This book is relatable to students because a lot of students can feel that they are invisible, figuratively. It also helps them see the point of view of someone who "has a disability". ( )
  KristyMCooper | Sep 26, 2016 |
The book is structured using a plethora of simple sentences. In turn, the written structure of the book is easy for a young audience to pick up and read. As for the story, it incorporates many science fiction themes while keeping its audience emerged in conflict- Example of the main conflict is the boy trying to solve the mystery as to why he became invisible. If you are interested in books that teach real life applications through a fictional story, this book is perfect for you.
  tsmugz | Sep 19, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book for two reasons. First, I really like the character development the author creates through instant messaging. For example, “ bobby7272: I’ll think about it. Aleeshaone: don’t think. Do. Time’s up. It’s time to do. Bobby7272: don’t b bossy. Aleeshaone: DO! DO! DO! Boby727: gotta go. Aleeshaone: coward bobby727: m not Aleeshaone: r2 bobby727: m not. Don’t want to break a promise...” These back and forth messages reveal Bobby’s loyal and careful ways and Alicia’s sassy and daring ways. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because of the plot. The plot was very exciting and suspenseful. In one scene Bobby’s mother goes head to head with the law. “Mrs. Phillips, if bobby is not located and talked to by someone associated with my department within the next five days, then this will become a police matter. Bobby will be classified as a missing juvenile under suspicious circumstances...” This is the point in the story when a timeline is set, 5 days, and things start heating up. The suspense of “can they prove Bobby is fine without revealing he is invisible?” becomes the driving force. The main topic of this book is that you are never truly invisible. ( )
  CathiRussell | May 1, 2016 |
It's a bit deus ex machina that the one person he meets is blind, but on the whole it was a really, good, thoughtful "realistic" look at what life would be like to be invisible. ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 29, 2016 |
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When 15-year-old Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and discovers that he is invisible, he and his new friend Alicia Van Dorn—who is blind—try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it. While their fathers work on the problems of cause and reversal, their mothers deal with the consequences of Bobbyʼs invisibility.
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Teens, especially those not in the über-popular set, know all about feeling invisible. But what would happen if you actually did wake up invisible one day? Fifteen-year-old Bobby is faced with this curious predicament in Andrew Clements's compelling novel Things Not Seen. Doing his best to adapt, Bobby informs his parents and grows more and more frustrated as they try to control his (unseen) life. Attempting to take matters in his own hands, he ventures out--naked--to the library, where he meets a blind girl who becomes a natural confidant. The ensuing drama, involving a nationwide search for other invisible people and a break-in to the computer database at Sears, Roebuck legal department headquarters ("News flash: Invisible people make excellent spies and thieves") is authentic enough in detail to allow readers to overlook the nuttiness of it all. Teens will identify with Bobby's experience of being essentially invisible. Highly recommended. (Ages 11 to 15) --Emilie Coulter

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"Teens, especially those not in the uber-popular set, know all about feeling invisible. But what would happen if you actually did wake up invisible one day? Fifteen-year-old Bobby is faced with this curious predicament....Doing his best to adapt, Bobby informs his parents and grows more and more frustrated as they try to control his (unseen) life. Attempting to take matters in his own hands, he ventures out--naked--to the library, where he meets a blind girl who becomes a natural confidant. The ensuing drama [involves] a nationwide search for other invisible people and a break-in to the computer database at Sears & Roebuck legal department"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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