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Something Invisible

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  83 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Jake likes thinking, encyclopedias, and football. And fish. Although he's not so sure about everything else--especially girls, or little sisters, or stepdads. But an unlikely friendship with eccentric Stella Daly helps him figure out some of it. That is until a tragedy changes everything, even the way he thinks about himself. Something Invisible is a warm a
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Apr 14, 2008 elissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 5th-7th gr graders who like a quiet story
Recommended to elissa by: Monica
I would have given this 3 1/2 stars all the way up to the end. I'm really a sucker for good endings (and if they're emotional, even better). I LOVED the very short (one sentence) chapters at the beginning. Most of the book was a very quiet and soothing story about families, with foreshadowing of a tragedy. It was so soothing that it kept putting me to sleep at night (for the past 3 nights), not because I didn't like it, but because I felt so soothed! I love the reminder to think of who is most i ...more
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Mar 15, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realisticfiction
Just mentioned this in a comment so figure I should add it to my shelves. I think this book is absolutely beautifully written. As I wrote in the comment, my taste doesn't tend to run to realistic novels, especially grief ones. But this book is absolutely outstanding and worthy of being given more attention. We had it on our 2007 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts List.
Nov 06, 2013 Harold rated it really liked it
Irish author Siobhan Parkinson has written a insightful novel about children having to face some of life's tragedies. This short novel for young people is surprisingly moving.
Mar 24, 2012 Kimberley marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-own
I don't have this edition. I think I cried when I read this story but I can't remember why. I read it when I was really young but I remember that it gave me a nice feeling though.
Mar 06, 2015 Brynna rated it it was amazing
Beautiful look at guilt, grief, and friendship through the eyes of a boy who wants to be a fish painter. An excellent reminder of our own unimportance.
Dec 30, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing
I'm not exactly sure how I felt about this book. In some areas it felt like I was reading a childrens book and for all I know I was.
Apr 25, 2014 Pksoper rated it liked it
Shelves: tween, 2014
I don't get it. Maybe because I have an aversion to tween novels? (I do.) Maybe because I wanted something more to happen with the incident when they were fishing. I don't know. It was just kind of meh.
Jul 24, 2013 Lenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Siobhán Parkinson is an Irish writer for both children and adults. Siobhán grew up in Galway and Donegal. Her books have won numerous awards and have been translated into several languages. She is currently a co-editor of Bookbird, the magazine of international children's literature organsation IBBY. She resides in The Republic of Ireland with her husband Roger Bennett and son Matthew.
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