WAHL, Mats. The Invisible. tr. from Swedish by Katarina E. Tucker. 186p. CIP. Farrar. 2007. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-374-33609-1. LC 2006037369.
Gr 9 Up--AWAHL, Mats. The Invisible. tr. from Swedish by Katarina E. Tucker. 186p. CIP. Farrar. 2007. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-374-33609-1. LC 2006037369.
Gr 9 Up--A small town in Sweden becomes embroiled in a mystery when one of its own becomes a missing person. One day Hilmer Eriksson walks into his high school classroom and finds that he has become invisible. He is a quiet young man who likes chess and has a steady girlfriend. The teen wonders why no one can see him and begins to realize that something terrible has happened. Hilmer learns that he is missing, but is confused because he can see what is going on around him. Soon he realizes that he is invisible to the outside world. Detective Harald Fors arrives to investigate his disappearance, and the teen remains by his side. After conducting several interviews, Fors suspects that a group of skinheads is involved: the teen had earned their wrath by trying to protect one of its victims-a fellow student who is an immigrant. Even after Hilmer is found hidden away in a compost heap, badly beaten and barely alive, his ghostly presence continues to follow the characters, until his body dies and his strength runs out. The story is intriguing at first, but once Fors gets on the trail of the skinheads, the book becomes predictable. Much of the story line centers around Hilmer's reaching out for help and no one responding because of his invisibility. However, as the plot picks up speed, the interludes describing his thoughts are dropped haphazardly into the chapters without cohesiveness. Give teens Carol Plum-Ucci's The Body of Christopher Creed (Harcourt, 2000) instead.--Shannon Seglin, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Source Citation Seglin, Shannon. "Wahl, Mats. The Invisible." School Library Journal Apr. 2007: 150. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 5 Aug. 2011. ...more
GERBER, Linda. Death by Bikini. 272p. Sleuth/Speak. 2008. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9780-14-241117-9. LC number unavailable.
Gr 7-10--Aphra Behn Connolly livesGERBER, Linda. Death by Bikini. 272p. Sleuth/Speak. 2008. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9780-14-241117-9. LC number unavailable.
Gr 7-10--Aphra Behn Connolly lives on a tropical island at the resort her father owns. She misses her friends and mother back home in South Carolina, and has no chance to meet cute guys. Then a mysterious boy named Adam Smith and his parents arrive unannounced and without a reservation. The chemistry between Aphra and Adam is undeniable. However, her dad warns her to stay away from him. Soon after the Smiths arrive, a guest turns up dead on the beach, strangled with her own bikini top. Aphra does a little investigation into the Smiths' background and is surprised by what she finds. Readers will realize from the onset that the Smiths are on the run from something. This is a quick read, but teens who have any sleuthing skills will be able to figure out what is happening about halfway through the book.--Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Source Citation Seglin, Shannon. "Gerber, Linda. Death by Bikini." School Library Journal Aug. 2008: 120. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 5 Aug. 2011...more