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A deeper look into invisibility:
on February 16, 2004
This book ventures out exploring the scientific possibilities of invisibility, talks about disabilities such as blindness, and is heavily based on trust, friendship, and family.
A simple summary might include the fact that Bobby Phillips becomes invisible, and with help from his parents and a newfound friend Alicia, he looks harder and finds that he may have a chance to become normal again.
Looking deeper into his story, it starts out saying that supposedly out of nowhere, Bobby Phillips suddenly wakes up and finds himself invisible. However, the book is more practical and says that it is just a matter of light not reflecting off of him. His parents decide that the right thing to do would be to keep his invisibility a secret so the government and media wouldn't harm him.
Bobby, though devastated that he may never become normal again, starts exploring the outside world despite his parents telling him not to go out. He visits the library and ends up bumping into a blind girl. Her name is Alicia, and he ends up telling her that he is invisible.
Eventually it turns out that her Dad catches her talking to no one on one day in the library, so it goes that Alicia's whole family knows. In a way, this helps a lot because both Alicia and Bobby's dads are scientists.
Bobby goes with Sherlock Holmes' method of writing down everything from the scene of the crime. It was Alicia's dad who figured the invisibility had something to do with the electric blanket and certain properties of electricity.
Bobby decides to see if there was anyone else who had a problem with the blanket, and calls the company, Sears. He does discover that there was definitely something very wrong with the blanket, and finds that there is at least one other person out there who was turned invisible.
With Alicia's help, he discovers a way that he might be able to reverse his condition... whether or not he goes back to normal would depend on whether or not you read the ending!
This book was very interesting. Andrew Clements writes in a style where you could fully relate with Bobby, and makes you look at invisibility with such a reality that it truly helps you feel the book. On a rating of 1-10, I think this book deserves a 7.