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Things Not Seen

(Things #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  24,785 ratings  ·  1,931 reviews
Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming. Bobby is just plain invisible...

There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby's new condition; even his dad the physicist can't figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He's a missing person. Then
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Speak (first published March 4th 2002)
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Alex8.17.4 You pick it up,open the book, look at the tiny scribbly things on the page, and when you are done you turn the page!

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unknown
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
It never stopped being weird to me that the invisible teenager spends most of the book hanging around naked in public next to a girl he has a crush on.

The other interesting detail that stuck with me: invisible poo only stays invisible for a little while. Does that count as a spoiler?
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
A fun & wonderful read! I loved this book from start to brilliant finish! Things Not Seen is an interesting, creative and I believe successful way to introduce disability to teens and adults. Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and is invisible; throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability. One passage early in the book says: "... it's not like I've got the chicken pox or the flu or something. This is completely...different, and it's happening to me, and it mean ...more
Akyla
Jul 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is an imaginitive modern day science fiction story (more science than fiction) about a boy who wakes up one morning to find himself invisible and befriends a recently blind girl who can relate to this newfound unusual disability.
I found this a great book overall. Unlike some books for young adults, this book was not predictable for adults. Although the gravity of the situation of a missing child and the impact on his parents needed to be emphasised to a younger reader, it does not take awa
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Gabby R.
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Clements really kept this interesting and reallistic. If it was a series, I would have devoured it in a few days.
Ryan
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is an under-appreciated young-adult classic. An everyboy named Bobby wakes up one morning to find himself invisible. But his biggest concern isn't how to use this new power for good or evil; it's simply how to get back to his normal life. The characters are all incredibly well written, and Bobby's thoughts are engaging and familiar, or at least they would be if I'd ever been invisible. Though it has a few bits of sci-fi in it--mainly centering around Bobby becoming invisible, and attem ...more
KConaway
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
This book surprises - the idea of an invisible boy seemed too far-fetched for a novel that would otherwise fit into the catagory of realistic fiction. But Clements finds a way, in the creation of Bobby's relationship with Alicia, to make this a story that digs deeper into other issues about invisibility. When will Bobby's parents stop ignoring him to see him for who he really is? Who sees Alicia for who she really is now that she's blind, and what can she now "see"? This was a good choice for di ...more
Seahee Park
Clearly by looking at other books Clements wrote are for children or teens. However, myself not being a children nor a teen, reading his book, 'Things Not Seen' was definately not just another teen book from Clements.



At first, when I read about two or three chapters I thought this book will be about an avarage teenager looking for the real meaning of life and becoming more mature. (You know just another kid book thing) However, as I flipped through the book, there were more meanings to it.



Of c
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Cheryl
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Intelligent SF for teens? A fable for all ages about people who are "different" - ? An adventure for MG readers? Never mind the labels, just read it. I did, twice, and now I'm going to read the second, which I own, and try to find the third....

(But don't worry if you don't want to start a series - the first stands alone just fine.)
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
A fun & wonderful read! I loved this book from start to brilliant finish! Things Not Seen is an interesting, creative and I believe successful way to introduce disability to teens and adults. Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and is invisible; throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability. One passage early in the book says:
"... it's not like I've got the chicken pox or the flu or something. This is completely...different, and it's happening to me, and it mean
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Alaina
Things Not Seen was kind of interesting to read.

One day Bobby, a 15 year old boy, buys an electric blanket and wakes up the next day invisible. Of course things get pretty complicated for his family and his life. His dad, who is physicist, is trying to figure out what exactly happened to him and maybe try to bring him back in a way. Then the whole school situation is a no-no because he can't go. He's freaking invisible. So, now everyone thinks he's some missing kid.

A bunch of crazy things happe
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Cassandra Barboza
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Almost anyone can relate to the feeling of being invisible, of being ignored. But can anyone know what it's truly like to become invisible. This book is a book for younger children but it nevertheless brings to perspective the reality of the world we live in today. We have parents that don't completely know their children because they lead such busy schedules and a society where being handicapped can mean being ostracized and becoming invisible.

Bobby wakes up one morning, invisible. No one can s
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Kristy
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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LuminescentFirefly {~We don't even know why~}
For a basic book like this, I was surprised. This was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. I read many books by the same author in 2nd grade, although this is definitely targeted for 5th graders(which I am not). I loved this book through and through, and I was very genuine, which I loved. I can't seem to find the next 2 books for free ANYWHERE, so I'm sad. ToT If you read this I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Kacie
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was super strange. I mean like really really really strange. Honestly the idea of going out into public naked so nobody sees floating clothes is a little disturbing. Despite the strangeness, I really loved Bobby and Alicia a lot, and I liked the overall story.
Ryan
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The three star review has nothing to do with my not enjoying the book. I enjoyed it immensely. It is for a younger audience, though, and there were some aspects that I think could have been improved. Primarily, I think that Bobby's voice is very appealing and would be even more so to a reader equal in age to him. However, I think that the portrayal of Bobby's relationship with his parents was a bit overdone. I understand that angst is a big part of adolescent life, but his parents were obviously ...more
Carrie
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-books, y-a
*Sigh* I still love this book
Sarah_ E1
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine waking up one day and not being able to see yourself. Imagine being invisible but not trying to scare your parents, and don't even think about school. Imagine living in a world that feels like you're the only one that doesn't exist in it. That's what happened to Bobby Philips.

Ever since Bobby has been invisible, his parents tried to figure out things, how he would live his life being invisible since they couldn't figure out how to turn Bobby uninvisible. As his parents keep babbling on
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Alicia Romero
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was really scientific with love involved. I really like this book because I really I'm into physics. This book shows how Bobby Phillips turns invisible and the one day after bumps into a blind girl named Alicia plus, how some real life relationships are with parents. I couldn't stop thinking how Alicia was so comfortable with Booby Phillips being naked all the time when they went walking out in the streets. I would recommend this book to people that like science plus romance a bit.
Makenzie Lienemann
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Fifteen year-old Bobby Philips was your average-nobody. He walked through the halls of his preparatory school day in and day out without a single bat of the eye. Until one day, when he didn't even notice himself. He wasn't blind, and he definitely wasn't dead; he was invisible. His parents were frantic, as any parent would be, when their child up and vanishes. Bobby's dad was a scientist, and new that every effect has a cause, and if they could figure the cause out they could reverse the effect. ...more
David Center
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
The outside reading book I chose to read is the book things not seen by Andrew Clements.I chose to read this book because it look very interseting even the tittle of the book made me want to know more about this story. In this review I will summerize, tell you my recondemnation, and give you my evaluation of the book Things Not Seen.

This book is about a young boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one day and cannot see him self in the mirror. He thinks maybe it is just his eye sight but he wou
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Franky
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
There are times in life that we might feel invisible to the world.

For teenager Bobby Phillips, this is quite literal.

Waking up one day and discovering that he can’t be seen, he begins to question how this could have possibly happened. With the help of his parents, he tries to figure out just why he would suddenly “disappear” one day without cause. His parents keep his school in the dark as to Bobby’s condition as they look for a cure. Bobby soon learns that being invisible isn’t as fun or easy
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Sivan N.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"You know how Hemingway writes? He couldn't write about this girl's face. Because he'd say something like 'It was a pretty face.' And that wouldn't be enough. This face needs someone like Dickens, or maybe Tolstoy. Someone who'd take a whole page and spend some time on her eyebrows and her cheeks, or maybe notice the shape of her mouth when she's concentrating on walking with her cane."

That quote is when I fell in love with this book. This book is wonderfully written and paced perfectly. Clement
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Amy-Jo Conant
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Lexile - 690
DRA - 40
GRL - T

Target audience - probably grade 6

The idea/concept of the book is pretty impressive. A boy becomes invisible and befriends a blind girl as he deals with his new "condition". On the surface, this is a pretty fascinating idea. The concept is loaded with symbolism right from the beginning.

However, this book just didn't get off the ground for me. The pace is slow. Aside from the fantasy element of becoming invisible you pretty much a story of a boy who is having trouble c
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Keshet
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Things Not Seen” tells about a boy named Bobby Phillips, who wakes up one morning and can’t see himself in the mirror! He understands he’s invisible…

Bobby can’t go to school or meet with any of his friends. One day he goes to the library, and he meets a blind girl named Alicia. Alicia doesn’t know he is invisible and that is why Bobby trusts her so much. Things start to get complicated when the school starts wondering why Bobby has been absent for so long, and why his parents are not willing t
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Tiffany Neal
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've been using this book as a read aloud for the past couple years, and every year, the kids beg me not to put it down. It starts off with a bang and sucks the kiddos in immediately, and Bobby (snarky teenage boy) is a relatable character for most of my students.

Although the story gets a bit bogged down (as a read aloud) with all the technicalities and scientific mumbo-jumbo in the middle-end, it doesn't seem to bother the kids much and they enjoy it all - all except for the small love interes
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Jennie
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. The conflict of the story would never happen in real life, but the way the author shows how the main character struggles, it seems very real. You will connect with the main character, Bobby Phillips as he tells his story. Along the way, he makes an unexpected friend who sees the real him. That's one thing I didn't enjoy about the book - it's too cliche. Besides that one fault, the story is very well written and actually portrays a normal teenager without overdoing it. You s ...more
Stephanie
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book with my students has been wonderful! It is a very interesting topic and creates wonderful visual images. Many laughs at the awkward situations and the imagination goes wild, often creating giggles! Really fascination discussions and a huge sense of logic created by the possibilities of being invisible. Loved the book when I read it with my own children years ago, and love it again reading it with my students. Somebody needs to write the screen play and create a movie, this woul ...more
Trina Marie
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"You know how Hemingway writes? He couldn't write about this girl's face. Because he'd say something like, "It was a pretty face." And that wouldn't be enough. This face needs someone like Dickens, or maybe Tolstoy. Someone who'd take a whole page and spend some time on her eyebrows and her cheeks, or maybe notice the shape of her mouth when she's concentrating."
Alice
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not too sure why I put this as a favorite, but I read this in 5th grade. The main character buys an electric blanket and turns invisible and falls in love with a blind girl. This book kind of stuck with me for some reason. I thought it was funny that he had to walk around completely naked while invisible.
rosalind
this was my favorite book when i was a kid. must've read it 30 times. i'll reread it one of these days.
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