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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596438010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596438019
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Laureth Peak, 16, has just kidnapped her seven-year-old brother and negotiated her way through two major airports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and is on her way to meet up with someone she's only met via email. The reason for her drastic and dangerous actions? Her author father, who is supposed to be in Switzerland on a research assignment for his esoteric novel on coincidences, is not answering her phone calls and his precious notebook is currently in the possession of a stranger in Queens, NY. The teen sets out on this quest to find her missing father, with a niggling premonition that something sinister has befallen him. However, Laureth is blind, and she needs the aid of her little brother to maneuver through the streets of New York City, fancy hotels, taxis, and subways. The coincidences that pervade the suspenseful novel border on contrivances, but Sedgwick stops just shy of that in this intricately plotted tale that would be right at home as an episode of J. J. Abrams's Lost. The protagonist's first-person narration (which includes no mention of descriptions that involve sight) is interspersed with the pages from her dad's notebook that refer to secret societies, Edgar Allan Poe, philosophy, and physics. Laureth's ability to string together connections while under duress and her sibling's inability to handle devices without circuit breaking them seem quite preternatural and add an air of otherworldliness. At times heavy-handed, this novel will have readers feeling a creepy sensation on the backs of their necks long after the last page.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Teenage Laureth didn’t really abduct her precocious seven-year-old brother, Benjamin. She just needed his help to travel from their home in London to New York City to track down their missing author father. Why would she need Benjamin’s help? Laureth is blind. Once Laureth and Benjamin find their father’s precious notebook, they cleverly follow a trail of clues based on his lifelong obsession with coincidences. As they read his increasingly disturbing notes, they start noticing coincidences all around them, and soon a real sense of danger sets in. Has their father unlocked some forbidden truth about the universe? Or are they just finding patterns because they want to? Laureth’s first-person narration (notably free of visual descriptions) is full of frustrations about how people perceive her, insecurities about her limitations, and the courageous resourcefulness born of her fundamental differences. Sedgwick (Midwinterblood, 2013) plunges us deep into Laureth’s experience, detailing the actions and considerations that seem tiny to the sighted—such as deciphering money, shaking hands, using a phone, or standing in line—but which are wholly different for the visually impaired. This fast-paced thriller delivers a compelling mystery, thought-provoking questions about existence, and brilliantly lifelike characters. Grades 7-11. --Sarah Hunter

Customer Reviews

Though we don't see too much about that either.
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The writing, the characters, and the plot made for a wonderful reading experience.
Stephanie S. Brown
I love the way Sedgwick showed the world through the eyes of a blind girl.
E. Kristin Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dee18 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"One final time I told myself I wasn’t abducting my little brother."

Thus begins Marcus Sedgwick’s triumphant young adult novel ‘She Is Not Invisible’ about sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak who ‘abducts’ her seven-year-old brother, Benjamin, and goes on a thrilling adventure from Manchester, UK to New York in search of their missing father.

Jack Peak was a famous novelist – back when he wrote ‘funny’ books – but for the last few years (most of Benjamin’s life in fact) Jack Peak has been working on a new book all about coincidence. It’s taken up most of his time, maybe even his sanity and possibly his marriage– as he researches Edgar Allen Poe, Carl Jung, Albert Einstein the haunting of number-354 and The Hound of Heaven. Most recently he’s been on a research trip to Switzerland … but when Laureth hasn’t heard from her father in almost a week, she grows concerned. Even more so when she receives a mysterious email from someone in New York claiming to have found her father’s precious notebook.

Her mother seems unconcerned with Jack’s whereabouts, but Laureth has a funny feeling. She’s determined to go to New York and find her father, but she needs Benjamin to do it. Because Laureth is blind.

I’m in absolute awe of both Marcus Sedgwick and Laureth. Here is a heart-palpitating mystery thriller about two children following the trail of their father’s mad scribblings through the world’s busiest city – and the entire story is narrated by Laureth. It’s no mean feat to communicate the sounds and smells, the feel of New York minus the sense of sight, but Sedgwick does it marvellously.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on June 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Marcus Sedgwick has another winner. Young Adult that pushes the boundaries, She is Not Invisible is definitely a read that all ages would find engaging. Laureth is an amazing character. Precocious beyond her years and amazing by any standards…all that she accomplishes is mind boggling. The kid brother with the unique “super power” who is loyal and supportive to a fault. I loved the setting and the characterizations. The way the main character rationalized, justified and then simply went with whatever came. I loved them both.

The plot was a bit thin, but I mostly didn’t mind. It was merely the vehicle used to take Laureth and Benjamin on this amazing ride. I loved all of the little peaks in the father’s notebook and the speculation about coincidences. Quite different in tone and content than my previous Sedgwick read, Midwinterblood, this book nevertheless confirmed for me that Sedgwick deserves a place on my “Authors to Read” shelf. This book is the ultimate YA road trip…but mixed with some mystery, a little thriller, and great philosophical debates…it crosses the divide easily into literary fiction.

Note: Review copy rcvd from Publisher, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on April 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

There is one simple word to describe this book. Brilliant. Seriously, I loved this book. I loved everything about this book. I was about ten pages or less from the end I literally said wait a minute out loud and stopped reading to skim back to be pleasantly surprised. The way things come together in the end and they way you miss things until the end will blow your mind. Even after that, I'm sure there's even more you missed (I know I did).

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is the lack of a love interest. I like stuff like that in my books and I really thought we might have something in this book at one point but . . . nope. I understand why it happened the way it happened but it really got my hopes up. It would've made things a little more interesting, right? But the more I think about it, after having finished the book, I really think any type of relationship of that sort would've really taken away from the story. Didn't help me while I was reading it, though.

Laureth (which is a name I really like) is blind but if you would walk up to her on the street I can bet you you'd never know. She's that good at faking the fact she can't see and it makes me really admire her, as a person. The confidence she has, for someone with a disability or not, is astonishing and not to mention the bravery. She goes off to New York, on a whim, because she's worried about her father. Takes her little, adorable brother Benjamin, and is off like it's no big deal.

Benjamin is one of the most enjoyable characters in this book, not that the others aren't fantastic characters. He's just this adorable, innocent seven year old kid who is so mature beyond his years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on January 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was gripped from the opening line of this book right to the end. The concept of coincidences and whether they are merely chance or mean something specific -- or don't exist at all -- is fascinating. It was also a new experience for me to read a book told from the point of view of a blind person. I "saw" the world Laureth described, yet at the same time I tried to imagine it as she would experience it -- darkness, but with sounds, smells, and all the other "senses" she mentions.

The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. I won't mention anything too spoilery, but I wished there was ... more. I wanted it all to mean something more, even if that could never really be possible! Perhaps it's my love of fantasy and the paranormal, but I was kind of hoping for an ending that leaned a little further away from ... the explainable!

Still, it was a most enjoyable read.
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