How to Disappear Completely
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Giveaway dates: Apr 04 - May 03, 2021
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I’ve said it before and I will say it again: there is something magical about middle-grade books. Although it’s not my primary genre, it’s without a doubt the one I find the most hidden gems in. Hidden gems like last years August Isle, which made it into the top 5 of my favourite books of the year. And also hidden gems like the 2020 release How to Disappear Completely by the same author, who is quickly rising to the rank of my favourite middle-grade author.
12-year old Emma, feels like ...more
This book offered enormous solace to me, though, even as an adult, both within the pain conveyed and the lessons learned. It’s such an honest story, taking you straight into the narrator’s aching heart as she confesses all of the pain she is grappling with after losing her grandmother and being bullied and ostracized at ...more
I was really interested to read a book about a girl with vitiligo, but the plot line with her missing her grandmother and the fantasy/fairy tale elements wasn't something that my students seem to like. I can't remember what other books involve this mix (without the skin condition), but can't think of the titles. I do love Standish's Bad Bella. ...more
Richie’s Picks: HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY by Ali Standish, Harper, April 2020, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-06-289328-4
“And I’m so sad
Like a good book
I can’t put this day back
A sorta fairytale with you”
-- Tori Amos (2002)
“Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. The patches of skin affected become white and usually have sharp margins. The hair from the skin may also become white. The inside of the mouth and nose may also be involved.”
-- from Wikip ...more
HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY is a beautiful story about grief and self-confidence. Emma was very close to her grandmother, who recently died of cancer. Her family had moved to town to spend time with her before her death, but Emma and she had always been close. Her grandmother had showed her a magical spot in the woods where the faerie folk lived. Now that she has died, Emma feels lost and sad.
She also notices a white spot on her sk ...more
She is diagnosed with vitiligo, a disease that makes patches of her skin lose their color. Suddenly, the fairytales Emma once believed in fade away and are replaced with bullies and doc ...more
HOWEVER I would have preferred this book to be written by someone who shares the main character's experiences of being black and having vitiligo.
Because as someone who has vitiligo I did feel the representation to not be super accurate and I also didn't LOVE the POC representation. ...more
Emma has recently lost her Gram, the one person in the world who understood her. Gram and Emma shared a world of fairy tales, a world in which Emma longs to stay, especially when strange white spots begin to appear on Emma’s skin.
As Emma’s world begins to change, new friends help Emma find her way. Emma must come to terms with the past, discovering long-lost secrets along the way. Author Ali Standis ...more
Emma has just lost her Gram, the person closest to her who filled her world with magic and enchantment. Left feeling like a piece of her is missing, she soon discovers pale spots appearing on her skin and is diagnosed with vitiligo, a condition that makes skin patches lose their color. Feeling lonely, Emma decides to write one last story in a journal that she and her Gram shared and is shocked w ...more
Language: PG (6 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (bullying)
BUYING ADVISORY: EL – ADVISABLE; MS - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Emma, 7th grader, and her family moved to Lanternwood to care for Gram (Dad’s mom), who just passed away, leaving Emma feeling adrift. Gram delighted her with fairytales and introduced Emma to the beautiful part of the wood she calls The Spinney and to her favorit boo ...more
Emma has always felt most at home in her grandmother's cottage (nicknamed Morning Glory Cottage). In fact, Emma considers her Gram to be her best friend. So when Gram dies, Emma is heartbroken. Her family moves into Morning Glory Cotta ...more
During her beloved grandmother's funeral, Emma notices a strange white dot on her foot. A week or so later, there are two. And then more. Not only is Emma going through the stages of mourning, but now her skin is turning on her. Doctor's confirm what Emma and her mom already knew: vitiligo. Soon she is targeted by other students and decides that maybe hiding away is better than de ...more
I haven't read a book with vitiligo before, and this is a welcome addition for middle grade readers. I loved The Spinney woods area, and the village and its cast of characters had a very Stars Hollow-like feel. This book also covers a lot of topics middle school s ...more
--somehow the author manages to sneak a little mystery in! I wasn't expecting that, and it works.
--the protagonist, Emma, goes beyond "enduring the slings and arrows" of insensitive kids who employ some pretty intense fearmongering about her vitiligo. Emma matures, embraces, reaches out, and thrives. Yet her successes don't seem contrived or ring false. Kids can be pretty darn impressive sometimes, and Emma is the type o ...more
But she doesn't understand how the pages in my books leave space for you to crawl into them and dream up your own stories, instead of trying to cram your head so full of big words there's no room left for you at all
There's a lot of reasons I relate to main character in this one. Not for any of the major story points as described in the plot synopsis. Instead, it's in the details; small moments like the one above where Emma professes a love of recreational reading, her descri ...more
I cried at the end, not because of sadness, but because of my daughter.
Haven Genevieve is my Emma. She is imaginative, and caring, and fun. She is name (Genevieve) after my Memaw. Memaw is my Gram. Anyone who knows her will say you cannot meet Memaw without feeling genuine love.
I bought this book as a possible Christmas gift for a niece, but have decided to save it for when Haven has a bad day.