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Clements, Andrew.
New York : Philomel Books, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 7.3
ISBN 0399236260

(4 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have you ever felt invisible?

Read chapter 1 pages 1-7 (up to “Why don’t you just admit that the truth is, you have no idea what I should do.”)

So overnight Bobby has become invisible.  Now he can’t go to school, see his friends, live his life, or make his own choices.  In fact he has become a missing person.  Then one day Bobby meets Alicia at the library.  Alicia is blind and so Bobby feels safe talking to her.  They become friends and then Bobby trusts her with his secret.  Can Bobby, his parents, and Alicia find out how to bring Bobby back from the missing?  Read Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements to find out.  (Beth Lindsay, Senior Librarian, Youth Services, South County Regional Library, Sunshine State list 2003-2004 Grades 6-8)

Booktalk #2

Bobby Phillips is a boy after every librarian's heart.  One morning he awakens to find that he is invisible. And where does he first go to begin to figure out why he has become invisible?  To the library!  Answers and cures for his predicament aren't easily found.  He does, however, meet someone who helps him sort things out.  Alicia, a blind girl Bobby meets at the library, is at first unaware of Bobby’s condition, then repelled by it, but ultimately can “see” that he is worthy of her friendship and assistance.  One of his biggest problems is that school officials investigate his absence and even threaten to take action against his parents.  Are there others like him? Will he ever be able to get back to any semblance of a normal life? By the author of Frindle and the picture book Big Al, Things Not Seen will give you much to think about.

Prepared by Nancy D. Self  for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2005

Booktalk #3

Bobby Phillips is an average boy with a genius dad and a mom that’s a literature professor at the University of Chicago.  He goes to a private school where, if you’re not rich or a soccer god, then you have zero popularity.  He wakes up one morning and takes his usual shower in the dark.  When he turns the lights on and wipes the mirror, he doesn’t see himself. He’s not there.  Well, he’s there, but invisible.  Lucky for him, he has a brainiac dad.  But something goes wrong that first day.  After an argument with Bobby, his dad leaves to go get his mom at the University.  On the way back, they are in an accident.  Both of his parents are in serious condition. On his fourth day of being invisible, and being tired of his parents calling him all day, he goes to the library and literally runs into a blind girl.  After a close call, he tells her about his situation.  Now he’s got a friend and someone he can trust. The next day, he goes to visit Alicia (the blind girl) the next day, her dad barges in during her conversation.  It turns out he’s a professor.  When the two dads get together it’s “Theory Land.”When Bobby’s been out of school for a week, they want to know why.  After three weeks, the state gets involved.  The “Save Bobby Phillips Committee” has to think of a way to get Bobby back, and fast. After weeks of the dads’ theories, some of Bobby’s detective work, and some help from Alicia, they come up with something.  Will it work, or will Bobby stay invisible forever?

Booktalk by: Shawn Maybay for South Carolina Junior Book Award 2005

Booktalk #4

Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and after taking his daily shower in the dark he discovers he is invisible! Bobby’s parents decide that it is probably best if he doesn’t go to school while they figure out what to do…but after several days it looks like they could be in big trouble with the law. In the meantime, Bobby has met one person outside his family who he confide in: a blind girl named Alicia. Together, they team up to find answer to Bobby’s solution. 

Things Not Seen is an imaginative science fiction story by the Andrew Clements, author of Frindle, School Story and The Landry News.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2003-2004)

SUBJECTS:     Blind - Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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