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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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