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Things Not Seen (Things #1)

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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
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Published February 24th 2004 by Speak (first published March 4th 2002)
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Jan 17, 2011 j rated it it was ok
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?
Aug 04, 2007 Akyla rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 17, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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
Gabby R.
Mar 12, 2009 Gabby R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Clements really kept this interesting and reallistic. If it was a series, I would have devoured it in a few days.
Mar 02, 2009 KConaway rated it liked it
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
Aug 02, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Intelligent SF for teens? A fable for all ages about people who are "different" - ? An adventure for MG readers? Never mind the labels, just read it. I did, twice, and now I'm going to read the second, which I own, and try to find the third....

(But don't worry if you don't want to start a series - the first stands alone just fine.)
Jul 12, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Absolutely breathtakingly amazing. Epic!!!!! There's a second one and I HAVE to get it now. My soul can't go on without the next book!!!!!!
Nov 30, 2010 Kristy rated it liked it
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Cassandra Barboza
Feb 08, 2011 Cassandra Barboza rated it really liked it
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
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
Makenzie Lienemann
May 06, 2015 Makenzie Lienemann rated it liked it
Fifteen year-old Bobby Philips was your average-nobody. He walked through the halls of his preparatory school day in and day out without a single bat of the eye. Until one day, when he didn't even notice himself. He wasn't blind, and he definitely wasn't dead; he was invisible. His parents were frantic, as any parent would be, when their child up and vanishes. Bobby's dad was a scientist, and new that every effect has a cause, and if they could figure the cause out they could reverse the effect. ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Keshet rated it it was amazing
“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
May 12, 2013 Franky rated it liked it
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
Jan 09, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2011 David Center rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it
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
Trina Marie
Aug 15, 2016 Trina Marie rated it it was amazing
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"You know how Hemingway writes? He couldn't write about this girl's face. Because he'd say something like, "It was a pretty face." And that wouldn't be enough. This face needs someone like Dickens, or maybe Tolstoy. Someone who'd take a whole page and spend some time on her eyebrows and her cheeks, or maybe notice the shape of her mouth when she's concentrating."
Jan 23, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Reading this book with my students has been wonderful! It is a very interesting topic and creates wonderful visual images. Many laughs at the awkward situations and the imagination goes wild, often creating giggles! Really fascination discussions and a huge sense of logic created by the possibilities of being invisible. Loved the book when I read it with my own children years ago, and love it again reading it with my students. Somebody needs to write the screen play and create a movie, this woul ...more
Tiffany Neal
Mar 26, 2012 Tiffany Neal rated it really liked it
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
É F.K. O'Conghaile
Aug 19, 2014 É F.K. O'Conghaile rated it it was amazing
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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
Sep 24, 2014 Jonathan Laurie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2014 Brandt rated it it was amazing
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)
Alyssa V
I liked this book. I thought it had a very good start. I love when Bobby woke up then in the mirror he couldn’t see himself. He and his parents panic. When I read this it makes me think,“what’s going to happen next?
Bobby’s parents wanted him to stay home. He sometimes go out with his friend even he’s still invisible. Bobby secretly goes to school invisible. His parents doesn’t want Bobby to go to school invisible. Bobby then meets a blind girl named Alicia.They chat for a while. Later they beca
rosalind williamson
this was my favorite book when i was a kid. must've read it 30 times. i'll reread it one of these days.
C.B. Cook
Apr 15, 2015 C.B. Cook rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! One of my absolute favorites! :D
Feb 25, 2013 Chy rated it really liked it
Oh, it's great to have a story about someone going invisible and still being a good person. It's also great to have a story about something like this just happening to some random teenager. And Bobby's great and---get this---it was the good kind of first-person, present-tense POV. Perfect, and this coming from the overcritical reader of such POVs.

The beginning was a bit jarring. I mean, it was cool to start where it started, but the writing of it made it take a while before I even knew if I coul
Mar 20, 2009 Cassy rated it really liked it
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Feb 27, 2009 Isaac rated it liked it

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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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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