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Invisible Lines

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  405 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
If there’s one thing I’m good at it’s making people laugh because when I’m standing up I’m what you call a stand-up comedian, and when I’m sitting down, I’m just plain funny. 
Trevor is just plain funny, and he’s lucky he is. Because this year he needs a sense of humor. Moving to a new home is hard enough—the sign reads hedley gardens, but everyone calls these projects de
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published October 13th 2009)
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Grades 6-8
Trevor’s used to hardship: his dad is in jail, and his mom relies on him to watch his little brother and sister while she moves from job to job. But when they move to an even shabbier housing project and he starts at a new school, it’s hard to keep his trademark sense of humor. Things seem to be looking up when he hits it off with some guys on the soccer team—even though he’s never played on a formal team, he has always had a natural flair for the game. But these guys are from Buckingh
Maia Ciambriello
Jan 29, 2013 Maia Ciambriello rated it it was amazing
At first, I wasn't honestly thrilled to read this book. But once I got into it, it became one of my favorite books of all time. Although some parts got me confused, once I reread them, I understood. While reading this book, you can really relate to Trevor's (main character) feelings. I felt as if I were him, living in some dump, having a hard time in school. This book makes you realize how lucky we are for technology, food on our plate and a nice stable home. I recommend this book to anyone at a ...more
Ian Smith
Feb 21, 2013 Ian Smith rated it it was amazing
I thought Invisible Lines was awesome. It is about a boy who is poor and wants to play soccer but he can't afoord to play for the cool team. The story starts off with the family being really unhappy but it has a good ending. i would reccomend reading it.
Mar 03, 2013 Rush rated it it was amazing
The book "Invisible Lines" by Mary Amato is a amazing book from start to finish. This book falls into the genre of realistic fiction, which happens to be my favorite one. However an interesting thing about this book in particular is that it includes blemishes of non-fiction, mostly about Mushrooms. I enjoyed how the author slipped in these small segments as it was sort of a break from the intensity of the book itself. The book is about a boy named Trevor Musgrove and his experiences after moving ...more
This is the third 2011-12 Missouri Truman Award nominee that I have picked up. This is another book that is very deserving of a nomination.

Invisible Lines is one of the most convincing first person narratives that I have ever read. Trevor Musgrove, the story's narrator, is such an accessible, believable, and enjoyable main character.

Trevor lives with his mom, little brother Michael, and little sister Tish. They live in the projects in an apartment called "Deadly" Gardens. Trevor's mom is trying
Jan 06, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviewed
This is another one of the CYRM nominees. This book is going against Wild Things and Out of My Mind. I'm having a hard time choosing between Out of My Mind and this book. Both is very well-written. And both is very written very deeply. But I think I would choose this book despite everything. It connects to me the most. Even though Out of My Mind connects to me a lot too, I didn't cry as much in that book. Yeah. I grade how connected I am to a book by my crying. LOL. Jk.

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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Even with the odds stacked against him, Trevor Musgrove proves that determination and a sense of humor can work wonders.

Moving to a new school has its challenges. Trevor, his mother, and his two younger siblings are moving into a new apartment. It is a pretty crappy place with smelly hallways, broken elevators, and a definite criminal element. Unfortunately, it's all they can afford. All three kids wear secondhand clothes and sleep
May 30, 2010 Ms.Gaye rated it really liked it
Invisible Lines, I thought about how things tie together so seamlessly sometimes, both above and below ground.
I'm always delighted at the connections in life. Last Thursday I opened up the New York Times to find a large headline in the home section titled "Mushrooming?" (available through KCLS databases) Having already decided to blog about Mary Amato's latest book Invisible Lines, I thought about how things tie together so seamlessly sometimes, both above and below ground.
Last year at the Ameri
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
Nov 08, 2009 Leslie (That Chick That Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Invisible Lines is centered around a boy named Trevor Musgrove. He’s in middle school, has a younger brother and sister, a single mother, and a whole different world ahead of him. They move to a really tough housing project that everyone refers to as the “Deadly Gardens”. His school is filled with rich kids mixed in with the lower class ones. He wants to fit in so badly with the rich popular kids that he does everything in his power to impress them. He’s mistakenly enrolled in an AP or Pre-AP sc ...more
Jul 02, 2010 McKenzie rated it liked it
Mary Amato has created a touching and genuine novel that's suitable for all ages. Although intended for the target audience of 10 and up, I'm 16, and I thoroughly enjoyed Invisible Lines.

Trevor Musgrove comes from a poor family where he has to struggle and fight for everything he has. The book starts out with a rather sad event, setting the tone for the rest of the novel. Trevor and his family don't have it easy at all. The poor guy could barely afford second-hand soccer cleats. It seemed that h
May 18, 2010 Bianca rated it really liked it
Shelves: hs-reads
I haven't read a MG book in so long and I'm so glad that I got the chance to read this one!

Mary Amato writes in a way that captures the voice of a preteen boy so well that it feels as if you are witnessing the real thing. I absolutely loved reading about Trevor. He's living with his younger brother & sister and mother. They live in these bad apartments and don't have a lot of money. I loved that this book dealt with real life issues and all of which were written in a way that a younger audie
When I first started reading this book I almost had to stop. Not because the writing was bad, but because the book starts out with a really sad event, and I didn't know if I wanted to read a book about such sad lives. But I made myself keep reading. I'm glad I did or I would've missed all the hope this story carries. Trevor is a main character that you can root for because he doesn't give up. He always has the hope and belief things will work out. There were times when I was like "Trevor, come o ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Maura rated it it was amazing
I got to read a ARC of Invisible Lines By Mary Amato. WOW am I glad that Beth contacted me at first I was very iffy because it didn't seem like my type of book, also it's rated for younger kids not teens, but once I started reading I forgot all my worries. I mean I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR YOUNGER KIDS AND TEENS A ND EVEN ADULTS. I mean the book is such a realistic view of the world. It has realstic dialogue too. Mary Amato tackles a lot of issues that are big in our world. For example: Bullying, ...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
Nov 24, 2009 Lea (YA Book Queen) rated it really liked it
When Trevor moves to Deadly Gardens, it's the last place he wants to be. But school isn't that bad, when he befriends two of the most popular boys in his class, Langly and Xander. He also befriends a few other students. Everything seems to be going Trev's way, until his soccer skills puts him on Xander's bad side.

Trevor's just like any other kid, he wants to fit in. It's a little bit harder though, because his mother is struggling to make ends meet, especially when she has three kids. Trev is lo
Gary Griffis
Feb 06, 2013 Gary Griffis rated it it was amazing
I liked everything about Invisible Lines. It is a page turner that you can't put down. It is very easy to read because the text is large, and reading it is fun. There are great illustrations in the book that are drawings from the main character Trevor's journal. They make you feel like you are more into the book and you are with Trevor struggling with his not so easy life.
In the book, the main character Trevor and his family just moved into an old, gross, stinky, bad, small apartment with a hol
Dec 21, 2009 A&E rated it liked it
This review is by my brother, Gregory.

I love soccer. I've been playing on teams since I was four and now play on a club team so when a book came along that had a soccer player as a protagonist, I was happy to dive in. While not my usual urban fantasy read, I wasn't disappointed.

I like the way that Ms. Amato combines art, soccer and science (learning about mushrooms, of all things) into an endearing story that takes you through a roller coaster of emotions with an interesting cast of characters.

Sep 04, 2011 Kendall rated it really liked it
Truman nominee 2011-2012

4 stars... I LOVED this book by Amato....along with Naked Mole Rat Letters, this book makes her one unsung author who needs to be noticed. She's got an amazing knack for getting into the heads of characters...and manages to teach us all lessons without being preachy. This one reminds me of Make Lemonade in the of both genders and all races will relate despite Trevor's frame of reference being the Projects. Trevor wants to fit in like everyone else...and has
Nov 13, 2009 Runa rated it it was amazing
Invisible Lines has a narrator quite unlike any other, though comparable to Julius Zimmerman, titular character of Claudia Mills' You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman. The book reads in a warmly funny and stingingly honest style reminiscent of Andrew Clements, with a highly likable and humorous narrator in Trevor Musgrove. While parts were slightly predictable in a way often found in children's books, there are plenty of completely unforeseen plot elements. Everything about this book is enthrall ...more
Steph Su
Oct 24, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-10
INVISIBLE LINES surprised and delighted me with its compelling voice, age-appropriate humor, and heartfelt story line. This is a true middle-grade winner that deserves to be read by everyone!

To start, Mary Amato slips easily into the voice of a seventh-grade boy. Trevor makes all the funny comments that we wished we could’ve made in middle school to be well-liked, and yet he does everything without the least hint of malice. He is genuinely compassionate with his brother and sister (both of whom
Apr 18, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
Trevor is starting 7th grade in a new not-so-nice neighborhood (Deadly Gardens), and a new school with wealthier classmates. His single mother is struggling to keep two jobs to pay rent and feed Trevor and his younger brother, Michael, and sister Tish, so not only does she not have money to buy Trevor cleats and shin guards or to pay the registration fee for an elite travel soccer team, but she needs Trevor home to help her watch his siblings. Trevor's year is starting out reasonably well, howev ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Brenna rated it it was ok
Whoa. First off, I thought this was just a kid's book on finding humor within school. NOT THE CASE.
This storyline is pretty dark and honest in how many families are brought up here in America (which btw I wasn't sure if this was Britain or America for a while, Amato never confirmed where this was in the book). I mean the first chapter alone involved a baby found in the dumpster, 3 kids and 2 garbage bags filled with belongings and a mom breaking down. So much fun to be had.

So children's book bas
Audrey G
Nov 13, 2014 Audrey G rated it liked it
The novel, Invisible Lines, by Mary Amato had a very fast passed plot. The protagonist, Trevor, who was the new kid in town was always on the go to try to be noticed at school. In the begging of the book, all Trevor wanted was to be "popular." He tries many times to be friends with popular kids by not acting like himself and telling many lies about his background. As the book goes on, Trevor realizes that character is more important than popularity. That those popular boys weren't his real frien ...more
Rowan P
I finished reading Invisible Lines by Mary Amato, and I think it was a really good and interesting book. I liked the main character Trevor, because he was funny, and he was interesting because he was poor, lived in a bad neighborhood, had to babysit his two younger siblings, couldn't afford the things he wanted, yet he still stayed positive and funny. Also, I liked the other characters because they were so different from Trevor, and it was interesting to see Trevor trying to fit in with them. I ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
Seventh grader Trevor is trying to fit in at his new school, where his wealthier friends play on the travel soccer team that he knows he can't afford to join. He and his younger sister live with their single mom in a low income apartment complex, where his mom just barely gets by. Trevor has artistic talent, and can earn a few dollars making graffiti-esque designs for classmates, but in trying to get on that soccer team he gets in some trouble at school. He also helps a girl at school who is suf ...more
Nicole E
Sep 03, 2014 Nicole E rated it it was amazing

Invisible Lines book review

september 3rd, 2014

I really enjoyed the book Invisible Lines for many reasons. First of all, i really like sports and this book is partly about Trevor who plays on a soccer team. This book always leaves me questioning what will happen next. The book has so many mysteries and you never know what he will do next. Trevor always tries to figure out a plan that will help him or anyone. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I recommend this to people who like mystery, comed
May 04, 2014 Doris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, young-adult
Young Trevor and his family have moved in the latest of a progression of downhill slides, from one bad place to a worse. He is anxious to make friends and be part of the "in" crowd at his new school. Unfortunately a girl in the neighborhood tries to be friends with him, and the kids at school don't like her much.

Trevor loves soccer, and his attempts to be part of the best groups fails when He finally realizes just how expensive a proposition his goal actually is.

Along the way, he manages to make
7th grader Trevor Musgrove is a talented artist and soccer player but he has plenty of obstacles to overcome, including poverty, a dad in jail, a recent move to a run-down housing development, and two younger siblings who require his care while his single mother is at work. At a new school he ends up being bullied by an elitist classmate who is threatened by Trevor's successes. The story effectively tackles lots of social issues, while remaining an enjoyable, quick read. Trevor is a very engagin ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Bght rated it liked it
So far this book has been a pretty good read. It's definitely a quick read, but it's well written. It's about a boy named Trevor, who is very poor, but always wants to be popular with his friends. He has one brother, and one sister, who's names are Michael and the sister Tish. But when he gets to a new community, everybody is rich, especially the kids in the summit classes, with the very very rich spoiled kids. You have to sign up for the summit classes ahead of time, but he didn't, so he though ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, especially because it has an interesting subject - Trevor, a boy from a very poor family. His dad is in jail and his mom has two jobs to support the family (Trevor has a brother and a sister). Trevor is a bright kid who loves to play soccer and draw. He just moved into a new school district, where he makes two new friends, Xander and Langley. But because he's poor, he's having trouble getting school supplies and keeping up with the other kids. Then he's accused of ste ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Sue added it
Recommends it for: 5th graders
Trevor is from a poor family living on the bad side of town, his family moves into a new dump of an apartment, but it is in the "rich" school district so now the he is going to a great school with the rich kids. Trevor is accidentally placed in the Summit science class and finds for the first time that he likes school and can do well in the class. He uses humor and his artistic ability to get in with the cool crowd. Trevor gets invited to tryout for the elite team and makes the team, but he can' ...more
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Born January 3, 1961, in Belvidere, IL; grew up in Libertyville, Illinois; married Ivan Amato (a science writer); children: Maxwell, Simon. Pets: Sorry, none! Favorite food: Chocolate.

I studied special education and dance at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. In graduate school, I studied fiction writing and poetry at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.
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