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My Invisible Sister Hardcover – May 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599904888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599904887
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Ten-year-old Frank's sister has made so much trouble that the family has had to move 8 times in the last 10 years. Now that Frank is in junior high, he's hoping this latest move is the final one. The thing is, Elizabeth, 13, is invisible. While this seems like a funny setup with a lot of opportunity for comedy, the story line is shallow and fails to get off the ground. How someone who is invisible can register for school is never touched on, and apparently neither the teachers nor the principal finds an invisible student unusual. Frank worries that Elizabeth won't like the new school, but then it gets a radio station, with Elizabeth as the announcer. This fails to be a recurring theme and is never mentioned again until the quick, surprise ending.Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
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From Booklist

It's not easy living with an invisible older sister, as 10-year-old Frank relates in this entertaining, first-person narrative. Invisible since birth, Elizabeth has trouble fitting in socially. When she acts up, using her invisibility with imagination and spite, the whole family suffers and eventually moves . . . again. Now that they've settled in a new neighborhood, their eighth in 10 years, Frank desperately longs to stay. But how can he ensure the happiness of his difficult 13-year-old sister, whose affliction makes her both a freak and a nonentity in junior high? Basically a realistic novel with one major element of magic, this would be a good choice for readers who wouldn't choose to read a fantasy but need one for a genre assignment. The wry, sympathetic narrator tells a story that is well paced and sometimes funny, though the ending raises questions that aren't answered here. With inviting cover art and a concept that's easy to booktalk, this short chapter book should find a ready audience. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Beatrice Colin was born in London and raised in Scotland. She has worked as a freelance journalist, writing for publications including the Guardian, and a playwright, writing radio plays for the BBC.. Her most recent book, The Glimmer Palace has been translated into seven languages and was a best-seller in the UK.
She lives in Glasgow.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Frank is tired of moving. He's lived in eight different houses in ten years.

The reason: his invisible sister, Elizabeth.

Cursed with Formus Disappearus, a rare genetic disease that makes her invisible, his sister is always unhappy with wherever they live. Because of that, Elizabeth takes it upon herself to make Frank miserable. This time, however, is different. Frank meets Charlie and they hit it off as friends right away. Elizabeth, though, is already talking about getting their family to move again.

Can Frank find a way to make Elizabeth fit in and want to stay?

A quick, fun read for reluctant readers. The character are likable, and the plot is fairly well-developed. Those who have always wanted to be invisible, have annoying siblings, or who enjoy realistic fiction, friendship, and school stories will all enjoy reading MY INVISIBLE SISTER.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on May 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When you're a ten-year-old boy like Frank, life is usually pretty simple. But Frank has a thirteen-year-old sister, which would be enough of a pain if she were normal. It's even worse because Elizabeth has a rare condition called Formus Dissapearus, which essentially means she's invisible.

A lot of the time Elizabeth is not happy, and she uses her condition to make sure her family is unhappy, too. The family has moved almost every single year of Frank's life because whenever Elizabeth decides she hates a place, she causes so much trouble in the form of unpleasant pranks that they must all leave town.

Elizabeth also uses her ability to make her brother look stupid and to frame him for things he didn't do. As the family unpacks and Frank tries to make friends with the kid next door, Elizabeth has him tripping, talking to "nobody," and wearing his underwear on his head, for example.

The first day of school Elizabeth embarrasses Frank, but the other kids end up thinking it's cool that his sister is an invisible student. On the way home, though, Elizabeth informs him that she hates it here. Frank really doesn't want to move again. He begs his sister to cheer up, and she says she'll give it a week.

Despite the humor, the authors obviously feel sorry for Elizabeth, who says to her brother, "You have no idea, do you?" and "They keep asking me if I'm wearing any clothes... Like, duh? Do they think I want to freeze to death? Do they think I'm some kind of nudist?"

Frank makes friends with the neighbors and ends up babysitting, which creates more humor as he deals with the infant he's named Smelly Vincent and Vincent's siblings, all under the age of five.
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this book was awesome I hay not read anything like it
this book did not make me I don't wanna read
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By Christopher O Roberts on January 8, 2014
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I loved this book. It was full of different and yet cool surprises. Being fake but yet so real.( :
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