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The Unseen

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Xandra Hobson has always been fascinated by magic. So when she rescues a beautiful wounded bird, she is convinced that the glowing white feather it leaves behind must be magical. When she brings the feather to school, she is surprised to find that Belinda is interested in it, too. Belinda is a weird girl whom everybody makes fun of. Xandra doesn’t want to be seen with her, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 23rd 2009 by Yearling (first published 2004)
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Aug 07, 2007 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kate by: Read for Children's Literature portfolio
Xandra hates her huge, gifted family, and spends most of her time exploring the forbidden forest around her house and rescuing animals. After rescuing a white bird, Xandra finds the bird missing and only a feather remaining. The weird girl at school teaches her that the feather is a Key into the Unseen. When Xandra uses the Key, she begins to see scary shadowy creatures. Eventually Xandra figures out that she sees scary creatures because she has been mean-spirited to her family and others, and o ...more
Not so great. I remember loving The Changeling, and this seemed a watered down version. Too much exegesis in dialog--I want to believe that young adult books don't actually require that. ZKS's prolific, so I guess she was bound to strike out sometime. Or I'm 30 and can't understand.
This book was mad good. I think that the theme of this book would be don't listen to what people say. you should listen to what you think is right and follow your heart of whats right.this girl name Xandra Hobson has always been fascinated by magic. she was going around a forest one day and she found a wounded bird. So when she rescues a beautiful wounded bird, she is convinced that the glowing white feather leaves behind must be magical. When she brings the feather to school, she is surprised t ...more
This was a disappointing outing from an author I normally really enjoy. It's got promise: Xandra, who loves animals and feels out of place in her large, talented family, finds a beautiful feather after helping an injured bird. Belinda, the "weird girl" at her private school, sees the feather and pronounces it a Key that can open the wielder to magic. She shows Xandra how to use it, but Xandra quickly discovers that the previously invisible creatures that the Key reveals to her are not all friend ...more
The Unseen By Zilpha Keatley Snyder is about a girl named Xandra that finds a key to the unseen. Xandra finds a key and doesn't know what it does so a girl named Belinda helps her. Even though that Xandra knows that Belinda is a nerd she has Belinda help her find out what the key does. Xandra knows more about the key now and she is not allowed to use it any more said Belinda so does she uses the key listen to Belinda? Xandra learns more about the key but the is the key dangerous or safe?

I think
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Despair Speaking
What I liked about this book:

>The concept is interesting. A world unseen unless you have a Key... it's full of possibilities.
>The feeling of not fitting in and being overshadowed is felt relateable and everyone has experienced one way or another.
>The animals were cute and I'm amazed Xandra managed to do all that.

What I didn't like about this book:

>Xandra is whiny, sullen, and sometimes downright petty. Sure, I can understand why she feels that way, but there are situations where I ca
I'm between books till our next trip tot he library, so I grabbed this off the kids' shelves...they won't mind.
It's OK. Seems like a short story sketch that isn't totally flushed out yet.
I think that the book "the unseen" is a good science fiction. The book is about a parallel world. Xandra goes into the forbidden forest and the hunters come. She hears a gun fire and the bullet hits a white bird. She does not see the bird go down but she see's the wound when the bird comes close. She has to hurry and make sure the bird or herself does not get hit. She picks up the bird and takes it to the stream to wipe the blood off. The hunters dogs soon smell the prey (the bird) and start to ...more
Carrie Rzeppa
I started reading this book to my son as a read-aloud because it is another story by the author of "The Egypt Game," which he really enjoyed. However, he gave up on this story about one third of the way through. Not being one to NOT finish a book, I powered through it. The premise of the story is interesting- an awkward girl finds a magic feather that is a "key" to another world- but it takes so long to really get going that I think the author might lose her audience along the way. If your reade ...more
Cynthia Egbert
This was an interesting premise but the author did not round it out well and it left me feeling quite unsatisfied.
I have always loved the abilities of Zilpha Keatley Snyder and this book didn't disappoint. A story of a regular girl who discovers and rather extraordinary world hiding in plain sight, this story also managed to be about friendship and learning to love our family in spite of their faults. This is an easy read that would be perfect for emerging readers who are just starting chapter books or readers who need to learn a little about not being a miserable tween. I'd recommend 8-12ish.
Michael Avery
A fun young adult read. The author likes to end many paragraphs with incomplete sentences, but I think this is for her young audience who wouldn't mind. The story was riveting about a girl who finds a feather which is a magic key that enables her to see unseen spirits and beings who are around us all the time. Good for antisocial teenagers.
This was a 'young adult' book and was written in a style appropriate to that audience. I was unaware of that fact when I requested it from the library. An interesting look at family and other relationships from a pre-teen's point of view. Enjoyed the magic/fantasy aspects.
I loved it! A lot of her books deal with characters who are very real, and very angry. Xandra is like that & I can really relate to her. She's changed a lot by the end of the book & is really starting to appreciate her family. Short but a terrific read.

It didn't grab me and I guess it's been a while since I was an angsty preteen, but I just didn't connect with the main character. A shame, because I had really looked forward to reading this and now I don't remember why.
I really wanted to like this but there wasn't really a coherent plot. And the idea of there being an Unseen world all around us never got more than a few pages of mention, making the book seem pointless.
Not a book i would recomend or read again. A plot that goes nowhere, a seriously disfunctional family that show no sighns of changing and a non ending, all things that get a HUGE black mark in my book.
When I went back and reread it, it wasn't as good as I'd remembered. It's still a great book, though!! Read it when you're young, so the two dimensional characters and stilted writing style don’t annoy you.
Jul 10, 2014 Yasmin added it
She could have made this book really interesting, and for a while it was, but then it started to get all "Eh." The main character was super-annoying, anyuway. Typical seventh-grader.
Something about Snyder's books leaves me unsettled. Hmmm. I still don't know if I should recommend them to my daughter or not. She doesn't get "unsettled" as easy as I do. Any ideas?
it seems that it would be a good idea to go in to the unseen world but really it was kind of a bad thing.

Mar 23, 2008 Chrissy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4-6 graders
Shelves: kids-books
I read this book before adding it to my classroom library. I loved it and the students really do too.
Joan  2
Juvenile fiction. It was okay. I believe I read it by mistake. I was aiming for another Unseen.
very mind boggleing. made me think about things i kan't percieve thru the senses
terrible book! so boring i fell asleep on page 1! NEVER READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Ginny Tata-Phillips
Good old Zil always adds a lesson along with the spooky stuff!
Carter Glynn
All I can say is it's a good book. And it is worthwhile reading it.
Jan 03, 2012 Lucas rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Reminds me of Narnia but it doesn't have the same magical appeal.
Tiffany-Krystal Bristol
I LUV this author!! Shes amazing
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game", "The Headless Cupid" and "The Witches of Worm", Zilpha Keatley Snyder has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies", was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for younge ...more
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