Things Not Seen by Andrew Clement

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One day Bobby Philips wakes up and he is invisible and he nor his family know what to do about it. He meets a blind girl named Alicia and together, they might solve the mystery of things not seen and learn some things about themselves along the way.

Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen. New York: Penguin Group, 2002. 251 pages. Paperback. $10.00, ISBN 0-14-240731-3

You might be surprised to find out that this was the second novel written by Andrew Clements, right after his well known novel, Frindle. It took six years to get it published. Things Not Seen was rejected many times. I’m glad Clements kept trying. I love this story! It’s about a boy, Bobby Philips, who is just your average teenager. He goes to school, loves to read, and plays the trumpet in the school band. So, if he’s so average why does he wake up one morning to find that he can’t see himself in the mirror? Why Bobby? Follow Bobby through this crisis as he makes friends with Alicia, a blind girl who does not find out right away that Bobby is invisible. Together, they might solve the mystery of things not seen and learn some things about themselves along the way.

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Available in:

Hardcover

Paperback

Audio

Kindle Edition

eBook

Awards:

Schneider Family Book Award, Teens, 2004

California Young Readers Medal – 2005

Andre Clements at a book signing June 28, 2008

Andrew Clements at a book signing June 28, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author Information Page

Meet the Author

Interview with Andrew Clements

Kirkus Starred Review for Things Not Seen

Discussion with Andrew Clements, October 18-29, 2004

How did you come up with the idea for Things Not Seen?
Invisibility is not a new idea – it’s actually as old as God. And books about people who become invisible – that’s not a new idea either, but most of these earlier books were either science fiction books or sort of scary, mad-scientist type books. I just wanted to explore what might happen if a normal kid woke up invisible one day. Would it be pure fun, or would there be another side to the experience. And that idea got the story started.

To read the transcript of the entire interview click here.

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