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She Is Not Invisible

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  5,189 ratings  ·  1,044 reviews
The feeling that coincidences give us tells us they mean something... But what? What do they mean?

LAURETH PEAK'S father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers - a skill at which she's remarkably talented. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unrave
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Orion Children's
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Ameya I read it and She Is Not Invisible is a brilliant book. It reads:
"One thing: when you learn what she deals with you might love the blind girl who know…more
I read it and She Is Not Invisible is a brilliant book. It reads:
"One thing: when you learn what she deals with you might love the blind girl who knows that it's never been her sight that she needs, that it's trust, love and faith also."(less)
Kaitlyn Dube This one is for young adults in my opinion...a child may be able to understand most of it but i wouldn't recommend it for a child.…moreThis one is for young adults in my opinion...a child may be able to understand most of it but i wouldn't recommend it for a child.(less)

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Emily May
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, young-adult

I honestly think that Marcus Sedgwick is one of the most underrated writers that I've ever read. His books often leave me feeling mesmerised long after I've left the final page behind. He doesn't care about trends or pleasing people. He delivers unique stories and interesting narratives - each of which is nothing like the last. He writes in different genres and isn't afraid to cross the lines of them and make you wonder exactly what you've let yourself in for. I have a lot of admiration for
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
“The Benjamin Effect is in operation”

Can you say ‘sibling goal’? Laureth & Benjamin (&Stan). How effing wonderful!

I’ve absolutely no idea how plausible this whole book really is but when it’s this fun , seriously, who cares??

I’m not unhappy with the way I am, because I don’t mind being blind. What I mind is people treating me as if I’m stupid

Laureth’s voice was so distinct, it kept me glued. She was so full of compassion and understanding, it was just totally impossible not to root for he
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophy geeks (and I use that term lovingly, of course); fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Before I get to anything else, it should be said that I thought this was really wonderful. But, with that having been said, I think She Is Not Invisible will be met with very contrasting opinions soon enough--and it already has, among friends of mine and myself--but knowing that makes me think it's even more wonderful. What I found absolutely fascinating about She Is Not Invisible, others will find boring, I'm sure. Much of the novel--namely the portions regarding Laureth's father's notebook and ...more
Wendy Darling
Clever and thought-provoking, and an interesting change of pace for an author mostly known for dark, gothic stories. (It's so nice to see the humorous, pleasant side we've gotten to know through his interviews!)

While the ending was a bit less complex than I expected, I love everything I've read by this author and this book is no exception.

Review to come.
Mariah Roze
I read this book for the Diversity in All Forms Goodreads' Book Club. If you would like to join in the discussion here is the link:

We read this book for World Braille Day.

Laureth is a 16-year-old girl from London. Her father is a famous author that decides to travel to New York City to research coincidences for his new book. However, when his writing shows up unexpected in a strangers hand Laureth becomes concerned, especially because he won't answer the
Neil (or bleed)
".. and you don't have to understand everything about something to love it, do you? In fact, sometimes that can make you love something more."

My second book from Marcus Sedgwick and I'm totally impressed. I don't know exactly why but all I can say is I totally dig this book that I didn't mind that some scenarios were kinda unrealistic and not believable. I am swept away by the greatness of this book. It's free-flowing, nervous-inducing and heart-warming novel that I immensely devoured. I als
Merphy Napier
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-stars, thriller
I really loved Laurith's perspective and the system she and Benjamin created to communicate was fascinating! But, you really read a thriller for the ending. The big twist is what makes or breaks a book like this, and for me, it was very anticlimactic.

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Cora Tea Party Princess
North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2014

5 Words: Coincidence, blindness, drama, family, searching.

When I first finished this book I though Damn, that was good.

But now I've had a chance to think. And I'm thinking, maybe it's not so good.

So now I'm all confused. Time for a Good vs. Bad review so I can sort my feelings out.

The pace - this book builds and builds to an excellent, exciting ending. It was an interesting idea, for sure, and it even made me think about going off and researchin
Actual Rating : 4.5 stars
I think that this is one of the first books that I have read that the main character is a blind 16 year old. To me this book was a quick and adorable story to read.
Paige  Bookdragon

This one is powerful in a quiet way. Most people commonly talks about rape, murder, vengeance and a lot more usual topics we usually see in a book. But what I love about this book is that, it shows us how a blind person perceives the world. I rarely read about blind people because it's rare to find a fiction novel about blind people. This book teaches me a lot of things. Not just about how people treats about blind person but about the things we usually take for granted.

The ending, that a lot
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blindness

3.5 Stars

“Why is it that sometimes you forget just how much you love someone until they’re gone? Why are we so stupid? Shouldn’t we always remember that the people we love are more important to us than anything else?”

This book doesn’t mess around. We bump right into big questions and big trouble!

Laureth Peak fears her father may be in danger, so she sets off to find him with her little brother, Benjamin. And Stan too—Benjamin’s stuffed animal raven. :) This is a cross the ocean—from London to Ne
I had no idea how thought-provoking She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick would be or how much I would enjoy this YA read! I love the world building and descriptions of people and places. Never have I been able to mentally picture a scene through only sound, smell and feel, but thanks to Laureth, the narrator and main character, I am amazed at how clearly I could be “in the moment.” Laureth is a blind sixteen-year-old who sets out on a mission to find her missing father with her six-year-old ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One final time I told myself I wasn’t abducting my little brother.

Thus begins Marcus Sedgwick’s triumphant young adult novel ‘She Is Not Invisible’ about sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak who ‘abducts’ her seven-year-old brother, Benjamin, and goes on a thrilling adventure from Manchester, UK to New York in search of their missing father.

Jack Peak was a famous novelist – back when he wrote ‘funny’ books – but for the last few years (most of Benjamin’s life in fact) Jack Peak has been working on a ne
C.G. Drews
So I had an absolutely awesome time reading this and maybe it's not perfect but I DON'T EVEN CARE. It made me happy. I'm giving it 4-stars, but it should be 4.5 really....

It's about a blind girl and her little brother and comics and writers and 354 and missing fathers and prejudice against disabilities. It's amazing. It was so well written and so, so clever. For instance, the number 354 features really hugely in the book and do you know what page the book ends on? THAT'S RIHT: 354. How clever
Stuti Rai

Cover: LOVE
Title: LOVE
Story: this book is the ultimate troll.

Yet it could have been so much fun, if only. If only it hadn't been hellbent on making me believe, disbelieve in coincidences, stuffing in my mind all the concepts that I already might or might not believe. In a way, She Is Not Invisible became preachy, too preachy.

The plot is double cool with knobs: a blind girl, her little brother with crazy supernatural powers seek to rescue their father's secret notebook and find the father, to
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Although I’m new to Marcus Sedgwick’s work, I took one look at his previous ratings and award nominations and rushed to download She Is Not Invisible, confident I would enjoy it. It is, indeed, obvious that Sedgwick is an author of great talent – in this book, his sentences appear to be liquid, blending together effortlessly in a prose piece of extraordinary beauty.

But sometimes, even that isn’t enough.

This is not Sedgwick’s first book written from a teen girl’s perspective. There is The Foresha
Mississippi Library Commission
She is not Invisible is pretty spectacular. There's a strong female protagonist with plenty of gumption and the writing kept us on the edge of our seat. Bonus: we learned a lot of neat tidbits about coincidence and probability. ...more
Andrew Hicks
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
She Is Not Invisible is a triumph of characterization, atmosphere, setting, suspense and dialogue. The only thing lacking, as we get into the meat of the narrative, is the plot itself. At 216 pages total, you spend the whole book trying to figure out what’s really going on. When the reveal comes, you’re like, “Eh, that’s all it is? None of this really even had to happen. Oh well, at least it’s over already.”

And, yeah, in instant hindsight, you can figure out why it all had to happen (view s
fleur ☆
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
( 3.5 ) I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this. The blurb kind of made it sound like there was going to be a little bit of a thriller / mystical element to this book, but it seemed to be a little watered down. Hence the reason I've created a shelf called 'middle grade' as it seems to fit that category a little better than young adult. Having said that, it was a really cute story!

What I Liked
1. The way the blindness is handled. It's mentioned in the book, sure, but not in a way that w
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Exploring obsessions, coincidences, blindness and what it means to be family, She is Not Invisible is a mixed bag when it comes to ideas.

Having never read a Marcus Sedgwick book, I didn't have any expectations going in, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. I was immediately sucked into the story of Laureth and her 7 year old brother, running away to New York to find her dad who she believes has gone missing.

I loved the insight into her thoughts and actions as someone who is blind. I really
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I am a fan of Marcus Sedgwick ever since I read Blood Red, Snow White and I have been slowly making my way through his books. She Is Not Invisible is written fairly simple that makes for an easy read, and allows you to easily get to know the characters. I think this is a great book, especially as it adds light on how society reacts to disabled people, and those who are visually impaired and the protagonist Laureth Peak is blind. Therefore She Is Not Invisible adds some diversity and originality ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'She is Not Invisible' is too young and too meh for me. The publisher and libraries appear to be calling the novel appropriate for young adults and teens, but I would think 4th graders would most enjoy the story.

Sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak, the narrator, is blind. She impulsively decides to travel by herself with her seven-year-old brother Benjamin on an airline from London to New York to find her missing father, Jack Peak, a writer of humorous books. When she tried to discuss her worry about
Michelle Wrona
"Love is a funny thing, and once again I really don't mean it's amusing. I mean it's odd. Strange. Weird. There was a time not so long ago, because I can remember it, when Mum and Dad loved each other. It was obvious, in the things that they did, and the way they were, and the way they called each other 'honey'."

In the end of 2013, I came up to finding a list on Buzzfeed that showed the top twenty books that will sure be hits of 2014. This one was actually on it, and I've been wanting to read
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, fast-paced clever read! I can say this is the best thriller novel i've read. I enjoyed every event that occurred that i couldn't manage putting the book down! This novel made me question and though provoke questions about coincidence, obsession, existence and the way we see the world. I recommend reading this. A new favorite of mine. ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF at 50%.

I tried. I really did. I struggled at lot with the beginning of the book but gave myself a goal of reaching at least 50% before giving up. Sometimes books have rough starts but develop into amazing stories. Unfortunatelly it wasn't the same with this book.

I'm not really sure how to review because it's not a bad book, it just... isn't my kind of book. It has an interesting story but the narrative and the execution just didn't work for me.

Laureth is a 16 year old whose father's noteboo
Books are TARDIS
This is a quirky and fast paced read which highlights a rarely discussed topic in YA: visual impairment. And the way this topic is handled is both brave and enlightening. It features a wonderful sibling relationship and a fascinating author dad. I love meta books like these, this one not only features an author dad and his books, but the process of writing books. It also features at great length scientific research on the phenomenon of coincidences (which I very much feel like calling co-inky-di ...more
Deborah Swift
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a big Marcus Sedgwick fan so expected a lot of this novel. Where it succeeds brilliantly is in giving us a real insight into what it must be like to be blind, so much so that you actually feel that sense of continually groping to find things other sighted people take for granted. The characterisation is excellent and Laureth and Benjamin very believable. Where the book is not so strong for me is in the notebooks of the father - as Jack Peak rightly points out, other people's coincidences ar ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Although I really loved Laureth, reading about another blind protagonist (it affects the narrative in such interesting ways!) and Ben (young child voices are another one of my faves!) I wasn't really that into the actual plot of finding the missing father by deciding to go to New York, just hoping he's there. The thriller part of this YA thriller wasn't grabbing my attention enough sadly.
The beauty of this book is that you truly get to experience Laureth's journey, with Laureth. Because of her blindness and first-person narration, you get to experience the world "through her eyes," and that's where Marcus is most excellent at his craft. Marcus is, simply put, a master storyteller! If he writes it, I will read it. ...more
Fiona Daley
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It is a fun thriller/adventure. One thing I especially love is that the struggles in this book are so real. I love Marcus Sedwick's writing, and the writing of the writer in the book. I love the relationship of the sister and brother, the family relationships, and the struggles of the girl trying to prove she is not invisible. A great read for sure! ...more
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more

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“People think I have so much faith in myself, but I have none. I have no faith in myself, or in what I can do, and yet people think I can do anything I want.
That's how I seem, but it's an illusion. It's an act, nothing more.”
“How do you find a name?"
"In this case, on a shampoo bottle. It's one of the ingredients; Sodium Laureth Sulphate. He thought it was a beautiful word and sounded like a name."
"He's right."
"Mum didn't think so. He swears he told her at the time where it came from, and maybe he did, but she was too ill to remember. I was seven when she found out, and then she hit the roof. 'You named our daughter after a chemical!' That kind of thing."
"I still think it's a cool name," said Sam, and I could hear the smile in his voice. It was a soft voice, too. I liked it.
"And very beautiful," he added.
"Thank you," I said, feeling a little warm inside.
"And that's why I have such a boring name," said Benjamin.
"Oh, hey," said Sam. "That's a cool name, too."
"No, it's not," said Benjamin. "There are two Bens in my class. Mum said she was going to choose my name when I was born. Dad wasn't allowed. So I got a boring name. But that's why Stan's called Stan."
"Because you wanted him to have a boring name, too?"
"Stan's not a boring name. It's short for Stannous."
"Stannous Chloride," I said. "It's a chemical. It was on a tube of toothpaste."
Sam laughed.
"Mum hit the roof," said Benjamin, proudly.”
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