Saturday, May 3, 2014

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

This was a very interesting little book, coming at just over 200 pages.  I really liked the premise, a sixteen year old blind girl, travels from England to America to find her missing Dad.  Laureth has to take along her seven year old brother to help navigate international travel and be her eyes.  Sedgwick does a wonderful job of creating tension...with each page the reader gets more and more uncomfortable, wondering what exactly is going on, and how will everyone fare.  I found it dragged just a bit when she was reading from her father's notebook...a little to much talk of coincidence and synchronicity and Jung.  Other than that this is a great mystery for those who are looking for something just a bit different.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Teenage Laureth didn’t really abduct her precocious seven-year-old brother, Benjamin. She just needed his help to travel from their home in London to New York City to track down their missing author father. Why would she need Benjamin’s help? Laureth is blind. Once Laureth and Benjamin find their father’s precious notebook, they cleverly follow a trail of clues based on his lifelong obsession with coincidences. As they read his increasingly disturbing notes, they start noticing coincidences all around them, and soon a real sense of danger sets in. Has their father unlocked some forbidden truth about the universe? Or are they just finding patterns because they want to? Laureth’s first-person narration (notably free of visual descriptions) is full of frustrations about how people perceive her, insecurities about her limitations, and the courageous resourcefulness born of her fundamental differences. Sedgwick (Midwinterblood, 2013) plunges us deep into Laureth’s experience, detailing the actions and considerations that seem tiny to the sighted—such as deciphering money, shaking hands, using a phone, or standing in line—but which are wholly different for the visually impaired. This fast-paced thriller delivers a compelling mystery, thought-provoking questions about existence, and brilliantly lifelike characters. Grades 7-11. --Sarah Hunter

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