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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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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 |
Interesting story about a boy who can't bee seen and his relationship with a girl who can't see (and his parents and stuff). I am not sure what the take home message is here, but over all its a good story pretty well told. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
A humourous read by the author of Frindle, but not as fun as Frindle.

Bobby Phillips wakes up early one morning, and, as his manner is, goes the the bathroom and has his shower before turning on the lights. Once he does, he cannot see himself as he has become totally invisible. His parents insist that he stay at home and that it's best not to tell anyone so that he doesn't become the subject of any experiments. He learns to go out either totally covered in winter gear with sunglasses on or nude, befriends a blind girl and, along with is family, tries to figure out what happened.

Nothing stellar, but enjoyable y/a. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
This book may not be make my top ten list but it was definitely a very cool and sweet book. The kind you can recommend to people. Hint hint. :) ( )
  sammymowheeler | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Itʼs a Tuesday morning in February, and I get up as usual, and I stumble into the bathroom to take a shower in the dark.
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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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