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This book was super strange I mean like really really really strange Honestly the idea of going out into public naked so nobody sees floating clothes is a little disturbing Despite the strangeness, I really loved Bobby and Alicia a lot, and I liked the overall story. This book is an under appreciated young adult classic An everyboy named Bobby wakes up one morning to find himself invisible But his biggest concern isn t how to use this new power for good or evil it s simply how to get back to his normal life The characters are all incredibly well written, and Bobby s thoughts are engaging and familiar, or at least they would be if I d ever been invisible Though it has a few bits of sci fi in it mainly centering around Bobby becoming invisible, and attem This book is an under appreciated young adult classic An everyboy named Bobby wakes up one morning to find himself invisible But his biggest concern isn t how to use this new power for good or evil it s simply how to get back to his normal life The characters are all incredibly well written, and Bobby s thoughts are engaging and familiar, or at least they would be if I d ever been invisible Though it has a few bits of sci fi in it mainly centering around Bobby becoming invisible, and attempting to become visible again it sor less a coming of age novel, with a heavy dose of adventure There are many surprises some of them, temporarily worrying plot developments, and others, heartwarming discoveries and insights I really, really liked this book after all, I read it over 10 years ago and I still remember it well enough to say all this And yes, it deserves a five star review It may not be your typical classic, but I know I ll be re reading this book soon now that I ve recalled it, and I know I ll do so over and over again in the years to come A fun throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability One passage early in the book says it s not like I ve got the chicken pox or the flu or something This is completelydifferent, and it s happening to me, and it mean A fun wonderful read I loved this book from start to brilliant finish Things Not Seen is an interesting, creative and I believe successful way to introduce disability to teens and adults Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and is invisible throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability One passage early in the book says it s not like I ve got the chicken pox or the flu or something This is completelydifferent, and it s happening to me, and it means that I can t do anything like I did it yesterday So that s why I m sayingwhat do I do Soon Bobby meets and becomes friends with Alicia who is blind Because one of them can t see and the other can t be seen, they make a great team The way Alicia s mother reacts to Bobby is very humorous She says to Alicia What does this young man wear when you meet with him and Alicia replies, On really cold days, he wears Saran Wrap, but most of the time he s naked Bobby recounts his first visit to Alicia s house saying Her mom lets me in, but she says, stand right there , and then she runs really runs and brings me a long white terry cloth robe to wear I really enjoyed the writing style of Andrew Clements and have since read the two follow up books Things Hoped ForandThings That Are, as well as FRINDLE Other great books for teens and older on disability issues include Rules, Hurt Go Happy, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Andrew Clements really kept this interesting and reallistic If it was a series, I would have devoured it in a few days. Intelligent SF for teens A fable for all ages about people who are different An adventure for MG readers Never mind the labels, just read it I did, twice, and now I m going to read the second, which I own, and try to find the third But don t worry if you don t want to start a series the first stands alone just fine. This book surprises the idea of an invisible boy seemed too far fetched for a novel that would otherwise fit into the catagory of realistic fiction But Clements finds a way, in the creation of Bobby s relationship with Alicia, to make this a story that digs deeper into other issues about invisibility When will Bobby s parents stop ignoring him to see him for who he really is Who sees Alicia for who she really is now that she s blind, and what can she now see This was a good choice for di This book surprises the idea of an invisible boy seemed too far fetched for a novel that would otherwise fit into the catagory of realistic fiction But Clements finds a way, in the creation of Bobby s relationship with Alicia, to make this a story that digs deeper into other issues about invisibility When will Bobby s parents stop ignoring him to see him for who he really is Who sees Alicia for who she really is now that she s blind, and what can she now see This was a good choice for discussion with my 6th graders Clearly by looking at other books Clements wrote are for children or teens However, myself not being a children nor a teen, reading his book, Things Not Seen was definately not just another teen book from Clements At first, when I read about two or three chapters I thought this book will be about an avarage teenager looking for the real meaning of life and becomingmature You know just another kid book thing However, as I flipped through the book, there weremeanings to it Of c Clearly by looking at other books Clements wrote are for children or teens However, myself not being a children nor a teen, reading his book, Things Not Seen was definately not just another teen book from Clements At first, when I read about two or three chapters I thought this book will be about an avarage teenager looking for the real meaning of life and becomingmature You know just another kid book thing However, as I flipped through the book, there weremeanings to it Of course just like other stories about a teen, this book talks about an irresponsible teen growing up to be a mature young adult Before the invisibility happened, Bobby s parents decided what is good for him or what he had to do But after becoming invisible, soon he finds out that he is the one who needs to change and take in charge of his own life By doing so, his problem of being invisible was solved and he bacameresponsible However, there areimportant factors to look at Firstly, the bilndness comes out a lot in the book The girl, who Bobby meets at the library, is a blind so when they met she did not know about Bobby s little secret and soon becomes his friend orthan just a friend She the blind character was the key to this story If she wasn t a blind then it would ve been almost impossible for Bobby to change and deal with his problems maturely It was just because she was a blind, they became friends and grew up to bemature while helping each other s problems When the girl needed help, Bobby became her eyes, and when Bobby needed help, she became his body This was quiet remarkable how the arthur thought about putting to completely unusual characters and made things work.Moreover, when Bobby truned invisible, his parents did not know where to look at when talking to him Bobby s mom wanted to touch and feel him to make sure he is there During the whole time when Bobby was invisible, his parents needed his guide in order for them to know where he was even Bobby describes how anxious his parents looked when they could not see him The way that Bobby described about just observing his parents and how they reacted made it seemed like they are blind By reading this part of the book, I could get a glimpes of how people with blindness might feel Also, through the part where Bobby describes how other people act when they see the blind girl walking by herself how people would not get close to her, and they glance at her but never stare made me rethink about how the society thinks about people with disabilities.Who decides what is normal and what is abnormal This question kept popping out while I read this book Of course not everyone becomes invisible or blind But it could happen to people and there is no certainty that will not be me A few years ago my mother was diagnose with breast cancer I ve never thought one of my parents will have such a thing and of course my mother didn t either But surely I realized that nothing is for certain Anything could happen to anyone right Back to my point, who really decides people with visible disability are abnormal I can t even defind what really is being normal and what is not Can anyone in the world say, I am a hundred percent normal by reading this book, we need to rethink about the definition of normality and abnormality.Secondly, this book also contains another message the way of looking at a life Towards the end of the book, Bobby finds another person who become invisible like him about three years ago That person a woman lived invisible for three years without even trying to find a way to get back to her life She managed a way to not communicate with others in person and went out when necessary Even when Bobby called her to tell her how to become visible again, she did not want to hear him and told him not to call any By reading about her and knowing how she felt before the incident made me understand about her situation She probably felt meaningless about her life and when even she was not invisible she felt like the whole world is seeing right through her Her situation with her parents were not satisfying although she always misses them Also, I could assume that her self confidence is at low On the other side, Bobby by becoming invisible realized how much he missed being at school talking to his friends, even he wasn t a very popular kid and had only few friends playing instruments with others He wanted so bad to have a regualr himself back, and when he did he couldn t behappier about his life Being in the same situation in a very rare situation , Bobby and the woman had totally different perspective of view their problems For Bobby not being able to be seen was a misery but to the woman it was a refuge Not being able to be seen by others made her feelcomfortable and feel sheltered from her reality living with her what she thought miserable life This part was surely unexpecting and I was surprised, because there are alot of times that I thought some people s life was simply easier and better than mine since they were born with a lotthings than myself But even two people are given the same exact thing, the result could come out very differently If one is sucessful than others, it is not because he she was born withthings but because that person looked at the situation differently and made a crisis into an opportunity This book tells this lesson very clearly.In conclusion, this was not just another teen fiction from Clements but it had deeper thoughts and messages that could make its readers rethink about ourselves A fun throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability One passage early in the book saysit s not like I ve got the chicken pox or the flu or something This is completelydifferent, and it s happening to me, and it mean A fun wonderful read I loved this book from start to brilliant finish Things Not Seen is an interesting, creative and I believe successful way to introduce disability to teens and adults Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and is invisible throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability One passage early in the book saysit s not like I ve got the chicken pox or the flu or something This is completelydifferent, and it s happening to me, and it means that I can t do anything like I did it yesterday So that s why I m sayingwhat do I do Soon Bobby meets and becomes friends with Alicia who is blind Because one of them can t see and the other can t be seen, they make a great team The way Alicia s mother reacts to Bobby is very humorous She says to Alicia What does this young man wear when you meet with him and Alicia replies, On really cold days, he wears Saran Wrap, but most of the time he s naked Bobby recounts his first visit to Alicia s house saying Her mom lets me in, but she says, stand right there , and then she runs really runs and brings me a long white terry cloth robe to wear I really enjoyed the writing style of Andrew Clements and have since read the two follow up books Things Hoped For and Things That Are, as well as FRINDLE Other great books for teens and older on disability issues include Rules, Hurt Go Happy, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.Favorite PassagesMom s a literature freak If she catches me looking bored, she grabs a book and shoves it in my face and says I have to read twenty pages, and then if I want to stop, I can A lot of the time I get hooked Like on Lord Jim That was a strange one And Hemingway She made me read In Our Time, and then I read all his books And she gave me Catch 22 and Cat s Cradle So I got hooked on Vonnegut An I even read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens High density, but good.On my own I read stuff like Tolkien and A Wrinkle in Time And Michael Crichton And I just finished The Odyssey That was a surprise It was actually good And I ve found some good books on Dad s shelves Richard Feynman especially He s this very funny physicist which are not words that usually go together.Mostly I like books that have a world I can get into And I guess that s because books have always been so muchinteresting than my life Until today Watch TV or something That s what the not says.So I say to myself, Fine But I think I ll do the or something part Everything is different Except it s not It s me I m what s different As he talks, I shed layers, tossing stuff onto the marble table below the big beveled mirror Gloves, scarf, sunglasses, hat, coat Just like at breakfast, I feel a surge of power from knowing that I can see his face, but he can t see mine I read his face as he talks His eyes drinking in the phenomenon again His eyes narrowing, his forehead wrinkling as he tries to see and comprehend His mouth talks, but his eyes never stop hunting, looking for some hidden laws of physics that could explain the missing head and hands that ought to be sticking out of my black turtleneck shirt.Naked invisible boys are not allowed to gasp and wheeze.Nothing feels right.Because when fear begins to crawl, it just keeps coming.Light is good, light is very good But the windows behind all the curtains are dark, and behind every curtain there s a horror story, a real one It s the real ones that come crawling at me through the night.The alarm system is blinking That s supposed to make me feel safe It s blinking next to every door The alarm system has eyes and fingers all over the house It senses things The system will shriek when something outside starts to come through a door or a window.But fear doesn t need doors and windows It works from the inside.Because it s not like I wanted this It s not like I m some mad scientist who planned and studied and dreamed about becoming invisible all his life, and now it s happened, so now I can use my powers to take over the world.I an bear it, so I m going for a walk Today Right now In the sunshine Because I can Because I want to Because I m not going to just sit around and wait for stuff to happen any I m still me, and I have a life It s a weird life, but it s still mine.It s still mine.When I woke up this morning, I got scared Not scared like the last four mornings Not scared by the sudden rediscovery that my body is missing I got scared because I woke up already knowing that I m like this That means I m getting used to it Nothing s changing, and I m just rolling along, going with the flow I m adjusting to a serious maladjustment And that s truly frightening.So one thing I learn is that maybe everyone should have a near death experience now and then And it feels like I m making progress for a day or two But by the end of the second week, I m out of ideas, and no matter how I look at all the information, all I see is an invisible kid looking at nothing in a mirror.if I need to have a search warrant to accomplish that, then I can certainly get one Mom waves her hand as if to whisk away that idea Oh, don t mind me, Miss Badger It s Ms Pagett, says the woman in blue.Mom laughs lightly, still smiling Yes, Ms Pagett Please forgive me I must sound lie I m ready to call a press conference and accuse you of being a jackbooted government thug or something I know my mom swears once in a while Like if she burns her hand on a pan, or if her computer freezes when she s trying to print something But when that social worker and the cops leave the house, Mom cuts loose The A word She shouts it The B word Mom shakes her fist and hisses that one She stomps around the first floor of the house, legs stiff, face red, and she works her way through the entire alphabet of swear words, including some stuff I ve never heard anyone say before This sounds like a book I really need right now Discouraging and disturbing, yet also deeply depressing Thanks so much for sharing Maybe you should start Alicia s Book Club Here s your slogan Books to Push You Over the Edge Alicia says, So you re sayingmaybe there s this whole squad of other invisible people out there somewhereThat s pretty hard to believe Is five invisible people harder to believe than just one Is five or ten or a hundred any weirder than one Okay think about this Do you and your dad ever talk about life in outer space My hand is cramping up from holding the roll of money so tightly I wait till the coast is clear and tuck the cash between my left arm and my rib cage, hidden by a layer of non reflective flesh.There s a gust of wind from the east, and I shiver I turn to go inside.And I feel like something has ended Or maybe begun.Or maybe both.I half wake up, wresting with a dream This guy named Hoffman has kidnapped Alicia and locked her away in a tower, and I m going nuts looking for a way inside Then I discover a secret panel that looks like thick pink glass, but it s just a hologram, and I walk right through it Inside, Alicia is chained to a table, and these electrodes are hooked to her temples, and she s straining at her chains, and beams of sharp green light are shooting out of her eyes and burning holes in the ceiling Hoffman is wearing a caveman suit made out of old brown pants tied on with neckties, and he s got his hands on the power dials, and behind him there are two jail cells with Mom in one and Dad in the other.And this is the scary part of my plan Because I ve decided to just tell the truth Because it takes truth to find truth, right I ask, Why Florida Why do you think Ever try walking around naked in Denver in the wintertime And I see why she went south She took a plane Just rode the bus to Denver International, found a flight that wasn t too full, and walked on Sat up in first class and stole food from people who were sleeping And it s like the whole world has shifted about ten feet to the right I m not where I used to be, and I see it, and Dad sees it too, and he sees me seeing him see me During this speech, it s like I m in a time machine All I hear is what I ve been hearing for fifteen years Everyone else has decided what s best for me They re all sure They ve mad up their minds And now they re telling me They re telling me how they ve decide my life will be I m a runaway I m a fugitive I m a milk carton kid I m officially missing They ve decided.My jaw muscles tighten I feel my face twist, feel my hand clench They have such a grand plan for me.I want to scream I want to froth at the mouth and swear and stomp my feet and break up some chairs and throw chicken soup all over the place And I want to yell, It s my life You can t leave me out of the decisions about my own life You are not in charge here But I control myself In a calm voice I say, I think I need to get some rest I ll eat later Sheila thinks I don t understand her But I do That s the thing I do understand Because a week ago, back when there was no hope of a comeback, I didn t have any responsibilities None I was a floater A week ago it was all about living, just living, minute by minute No tomorrow, no future No tracks No expectations Not really here Mostly gone And there s a kind of freedom in that And I wonder if I ll miss it.Years don t scare me much any.there are mirrors in my house i remember them i still touch them, smooth and cold i used to look all the time people do that not just me its true store windows little mirrors in cars makeup mirrors anything that reflects and not just girls everybody all the time to remember what they look like to make sure they dont disappear like maybe theyre already gone.i was almost gone bobby i was almost all the way disappeared i couldnt remember if i was real i couldnt see who could love me i couldn t see anything there to love i couldnt find a reflection anywhere i needed a mirror so bad.and that was you bobby invisible mirror i see me i see you.love alicia This is an imaginitive modern day science fiction storyscience than fiction about a boy who wakes up one morning to find himself invisible and befriends a recently blind girl who can relate to this newfound unusual disability I found this a great book overall Unlike some books for young adults, this book was not predictable for adults Although the gravity of the situation of a missing child and the impact on his parents needed to be emphasised to a younger reader, it does not take awa This is an imaginitive modern day science fiction storyscience than fiction about a boy who wakes up one morning to find himself invisible and befriends a recently blind girl who can relate to this newfound unusual disability I found this a great book overall Unlike some books for young adults, this book was not predictable for adults Although the gravity of the situation of a missing child and the impact on his parents needed to be emphasised to a younger reader, it does not take away from the amazing writing and intriging storyline A must read for anyone who has ever felt invisible in school or life ^READ EPUB ↡ Things Not Seen ↶ 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