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When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
Title: Things Not Seen
Author: Clements, Andrew
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2006/04/20
Number of Pages: 251
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: bl2006011684
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Puffin (first published March 4th 2002)
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Ayshe It was imported with an author as "by Andrew Clements" not "Andrew Clements". You should see the blurb now.

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Joel
It never stopped being weird to me that the invisible teenager spends most of the book hanging around naked in public next to a girl he has a crush on.

The other interesting detail that stuck with me: invisible poo only stays invisible for a little while. Does that count as a spoiler?
Akyla
This is an imaginitive modern day science fiction story (more science 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
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KConaway
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 ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
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 completely...different, and it's happening to me, and it ...more
Gabby R.
Andrew Clements really kept this interesting and reallistic. If it was a series, I would have devoured it in a few days.
Kristy
"It's a Tuesday morning in February, and I get up as usual, and I stumble into the bathroom to take a shower in the dark. Which is my school-day method because it's sort of like an extra ten minutes of sleep.
It's after the shower. That's when it happens.
It's when I turn on the bathroom light and wipe the fog off the mirror to comb my hair. It's what I see in the mirror. It's what I don't see.
I look a second time, and then rub at the mirror again.
I'm not there.
That's what I'm saying.
I'm. Not. The
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Seahee Park
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 becoming more mature. (You know just another kid book thing) However, as I flipped through the book, there were more meanings to it.



Of c
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Ryan
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 ...more
Cassandra Barboza
Almost anyone can relate to the feeling of being invisible, of being ignored. But can anyone know what it's truly like to become invisible. This book is a book for younger children but it nevertheless brings to perspective the reality of the world we live in today. We have parents that don't completely know their children because they lead such busy schedules and a society where being handicapped can mean being ostracized and becoming invisible.

Bobby wakes up one morning, invisible. No one can s
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Keshet
“Things Not Seen” tells about a boy named Bobby Phillips, who wakes up one morning and can’t see himself in the mirror! He understands he’s invisible…

Bobby can’t go to school or meet with any of his friends. One day he goes to the library, and he meets a blind girl named Alicia. Alicia doesn’t know he is invisible and that is why Bobby trusts her so much. Things start to get complicated when the school starts wondering why Bobby has been absent for so long, and why his parents are not willing t
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Franky
There are times in life that we might feel invisible to the world.

For teenager Bobby Phillips, this is quite literal.

Waking up one day and discovering that he can’t be seen, he begins to question how this could have possibly happened. With the help of his parents, he tries to figure out just why he would suddenly “disappear” one day without cause. His parents keep his school in the dark as to Bobby’s condition as they look for a cure. Bobby soon learns that being invisible isn’t as fun or easy
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Laura
This is a book I read because my daughter insisted on it. I should listen to her more often. Bobby is a young boy who becomes invisible one day. His physicist father and English professor mother decide to keep it a secret. Unfortunately, they are involved in a car accident that keeps them away from home for several days. Bobby must fend for himself and “stay out of sight” until his parents can help him find out why he is invisible. Of course, as any fifteen year old would do, Bobby decides to tr ...more
David Center
The outside reading book I chose to read is the book things not seen by Andrew Clements.I chose to read this book because it look very interseting even the tittle of the book made me want to know more about this story. In this review I will summerize, tell you my recondemnation, and give you my evaluation of the book Things Not Seen.

This book is about a young boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one day and cannot see him self in the mirror. He thinks maybe it is just his eye sight but he wou
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Jennie
This book is amazing. The conflict of the story would never happen in real life, but the way the author shows how the main character struggles, it seems very real. You will connect with the main character, Bobby Phillips as he tells his story. Along the way, he makes an unexpected friend who sees the real him. That's one thing I didn't enjoy about the book - it's too cliche. Besides that one fault, the story is very well written and actually portrays a normal teenager without overdoing it. You s ...more
Tiffany Neal
I've been using this book as a read aloud for the past couple years, and every year, the kids beg me not to put it down. It starts off with a bang and sucks the kiddos in immediately, and Bobby (snarky teenage boy) is a relatable character for most of my students.

Although the story gets a bit bogged down (as a read aloud) with all the technicalities and scientific mumbo-jumbo in the middle-end, it doesn't seem to bother the kids much and they enjoy it all - all except for the small love interes
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É F.K. Ó Conghaile
I read this many years ago. I'm not sure I even finished it up to now. But I do remember the story of a boy who becomes invisible and makes friends with a cool blind girl. Both characters are avid readers, which is a good role model in a book. Though I didn't remember much beyond the first few chapters, I did remember quite enjoying the writing style. It was simple enough for my mind at the time to process, while engaging enough not to have bored me. Despite not being able to describe *why* I en ...more
Jonathan Laurie
This book was just so cool. I bought it on a whim, and I'm so glad I did!

The writing style is very unique, you really feel like you're inside Bobby's head as he experiences everything. He's very funny, and has a sarcastic wit that helps him cope with what he's having to face.

You can tell too that he had some resentment toward his parents because of how they were always so busy with their careers. Him turning invisible really pulls the family together though.

Alicia is a cool character too, and
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Brandt
AH. I loved this book!

Review to come.
Cierra and Alexa Petersen
I loved this book I recommend it if you like fictional stories that seem real! This is one of my top ten favorite books! The rest of the series (Things that are #2)(Things hoped for #3)
rosalind
this was my favorite book when i was a kid. must've read it 30 times. i'll reread it one of these days.
Cassy
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Isaac

Things Not Seen
By: Andrew Clements

This book is made for entertainment maybe science in a way. This book was intended for middle aged teens. This book is written in first person narration. The narrator of this story is Bobby Phillips. It is very important that Bobby is the main character because it would not be the same if there was not an invisible kid. In this story there are some parts where it seems that it could be true but the part of with where Bobby turns invisible that’s fake. I can’t re
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Minh-Anh
This book is very VERY good. It starts off really quickly, and you don't have to wait for Bobby to become invisible, like I expected. It starts off right away, on the first page, he wakes up and he finds himself invisible. The only thing you have to wait for is for him to actually properly meet Alicia. It's pretty exciting, and not the least bit boring, though you wouldn't really call it the most exciting book in the world.
I'm not going to write a whole report on the book, even thought it says
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Izik
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Victoria
What a touching and original novel. It had a fresh, strong narrative voice and a compelling plotline that isn't necessarily brand new, but done it a totally new way.

Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning to find that something impossible has occurred; he can't see himself anymore. Somehow, he has become invisible. At first it seems it could be temporary, and surely Bobby's supportive physicist Dad and warm Mom can do something. But as hours pile up and Bobby and his family begin to realize the impl
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Melanie
Bobby Phillips is a normal teenager. Neither popular nor unpopular in school, he argues with his parents, dislikes his private school, gets ignored by the popular girls. But Bobby Phillips has a problem. A big one. One morning after his shower Bobby notices something peculiar when looking in the mirror. Nothing. Bobby Phillips is now officially, literally, invisible.

This novel is great for many levels of readers. Even struggling readers can follow along and appreciate Bobby's dilemma as he tries
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Clarinda Dodson
This review was originally written on my blog in January 2007.

If you're looking for an easy read with lots of twists, this is a great book to add to your list.

One of the classes that I've been helping out in when I sub at Duniway Middle School is a 7th grade Language Arts class. They are reading this title for class, and the teacher recommended it to me. She lent me one of her copies, and I read it all in just a few shorts days. I think I started reading it on Thursday and finished it on Saturda
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Danielle E
This Book is Amazing! It starts off as a a boy that's 15 and named Bobby. He usually gets up in the morning and takes a shower in teh dark to make it see like an extra 10 mins of sleeping. Except this time he went to wipe away the fog on the mirror and only saw a floating towel and he doesn't know what to do. He gets scared and runs down stairs to tell him mother. His mom and dad think he's playing a joke on them with a walkie talkie or microphone. But then they realize he's serious. So for a co ...more
mhanbal7
Bobby Phillips, a 15 year old boy, becomes invisible on one morning. He then panics and he starts wondering if he will stay invisible his whole life with no friends nor school; he obviously doesn't like being invisible and wants to appear again as normal. Unfortunately, not even his genius parents find out a solution to this crisis. The story goes on as he meets Alicia, a blind beautiful girl who he trusts and confess everything to. Later on, people start being curious about Bobby's disappearanc ...more
Doan
My kids were quite eager to recommend this book to me. In fact, they were adamant that I read it. I didn't quite get it until starting the book, I read about the main character's mom: "Meet Professor Mom, also known as the Director. Her motto is, When in doubt, give an order....She expects "young people" to jump when she barks at them." Hmmmmmm....they couldn't be trying to tell me something, could they? A very easy to read young adult novel. I found the book mildly entertaining but not somethin ...more
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