Things Not Seen

Things Not Seen

Book - 2002
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Winner of American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award!

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.
Publisher: New York : Puffin, c2002.
ISBN: 9780142400760
Branch Call Number: YA CLE
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jul 02, 2016

Good book. Things Not Seen is a novel written by bestselling author Andrew Clements. Things Not Seen is about a 15-year-old boy, Bobby Phillips. One night, Bobby goes to bed snuggling under his electric blanket in his Chicago home. He wakes up the next morning as an invisible person. Bobby tells his parents that he is invisible right away. His mom, a literature professor and his dad, a physicist, both try to figure out how this could have happened to their son, but have no clue where to start searching for the solution to what seems like an impossible problem.

Dec 01, 2015

A slow start but it became interesting when Alicia entered the picture and the mom was brilliant, especially when questioned about the whereabouts of her son. Andrew Clements has several good ones.

Nov 12, 2014

I found this an interesting plot-really wanted to see how it turned out. Couldn't put it down. However, after having finished it, I sit back with that feeling of-fluff. Like I've just eaten cotton candy and it all disappeared, leaving only the bare bones of what happened in the story. SO this is a really easy read, interesting idea, but the characters are predictable-shallow. There is nothing more to them than what you see in the narrative, beyond the feeling invisible even when not. In summary, I would say that this is an entertaining book, but not worth spending time on if you have better books to read.

turtle_cosplay Jun 02, 2014

Sorry disliked the book very much. No offence but I found it hard to enjoy this book but I just didn't get hooked. But I only thing that kept me going was the plot and how it made you wonder what is going to happen next.

Oct 05, 2013

The writing style is simple and straightforward, and the story--a teen boy who, like many (or most) teens feels invisible at school and at home, wakes up one day to discover that he's become literally invisible, and has to deal with all the consequences of that--bumps and swerves along in interesting ways. I'd recommend this to younger teens or advanced tweens.

lmn14x Sep 03, 2012

The sequels are good, too: Things Hoped For, 2006; and Things That Are, 2008. Since this is YA, I hope it's O.K. to recommend an adult book on the experience of invisibility, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, by H.F. Saint, published 1987. A little risque at times, without being offensive; suspenseful, and so hilarious at times you'd better not try to read it in study hall. You'll get thrown out for laughing like a maniac...but then, what could be better than getting thrown out of study hall?

soccergirl8 Aug 13, 2012

this book is really good!! the topic was really creative. it made you want to read more.

TrueMidnightStar Apr 02, 2012

If you liked this book, I would reccommend reading a book called Flip, by Martyn Bedford. It's not about invisibility - it's about a kid who accidentally switches bodies with another guy, but I swear, I had to look at the author twice before believing that it wasn't Andrew Clements.

Jan 15, 2012

Good book. Could have been better

May 09, 2006

This is another book by the amazing author Andrew Clements. When a middle school boy named Joey wakes up one morning, he completely freaks because he became invisible overnight! Soon after, his parents are rushed to the hospital in a car crash, leaving him alone in his house. He is extremely lonely until he meets a blind girl at the library, and they become friends. Will Joey's parents be okay? Will Joey become visible again? Read this fast-paced + exciting book and find out!

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Oct 05, 2013

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 16

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Jun 15, 2011

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Jul 14, 2010

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VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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turtle_cosplay Jun 03, 2014

things not seen is about a 15 year old boy named bobby. One morning he wakes up and realizes that he is invisible. So then later on in the chapter he finally convinces his parents that he is invisible. So then they say we can't tell anyone about this and he can't go any where ,but knowing all teenagers he disobey his parents warning and left the house (naked so nobody can just see a bunch of random cloths walking about). so along the way he meets a girl with a disability (she can't see) so later he leaves to meet his father back at his house but ends up getting yelled at him because he did't listen to his father they end up in a big argument. so the father leaves the house and so a couple of hours later bobby turns on the news and sees that his mom and dad were in a car crash. So then later on the child Sevres get involve and school becomes a problem and Bobby wonders if he will ever be able to see his body. Read the book to find out what happens.

VeganGreen Sep 10, 2009

The 15-year-old narrator is the principal thing not seen. As the book opens, he discovers that he has turned invisible overnight. He breaks the news to his parents who, afraid of being hounded by the media, instruct him to share his dilemma with no one. But when Bobby ventures (naked) out of the house and visits the library, he meets Alicia, a blind girl to whom he confides his secret. Their blossoming friendship injects a double meaning into the book's title. As his physicist father struggles to find a scientific explanation for and a solution to his son's condition, husband and wife decide that they will tell the investigating truancy officials and police that Bobby has run away. Bobby, however, becomes increasingly determined to take control of the situation and of his own destiny. He has a deepening connection to Alicia, who helps him figure out a solution to his problem.


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Dec 31, 2010

"Guys! I can't see myself!"

"Well, come in here and we'll see what's the matter."

"But that IS the problem!"


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