Things Not Seen

Title

Things Not Seen

Authors

Andrew Clements

Publisher

Philomel Books

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780399236266

Pages

251 pages

Genre

science fiction

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old-boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming-Bobby is just plain invisible. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby's new condition; even his dad the physicist can't figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He's a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She's blind, and Bobby can't resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again-before it's too late.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

690L

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Physical disability; blind; blind teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

California Young Reader Medal, 2005, Winner, Middle School
Golden Sower Award, 2004, Honor Book, Young Adult
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2007, 1st Place, Grades 6-8
Schneider Family Book Award, 2004, Winner, High School
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2002
Booklist Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2003
Core Collection YA Characters with Special Needs, 2008
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2002
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2003
Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss, 2003 High School
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2003

Keywords

invisibility; personality; missing person; friendship; science; library; car accident

Diversity Impact

indirect

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