Friday, March 28, 2014

Up and Coming: She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Last year, Librarian M totally predicted that Marcus Sedgwick would win the Printz Award, this year she's got a review of his latest:

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth’s father is an author and for the last few months he has been a bit obsessed with the idea of coincidences and wants to write his next book on the subject. It’s driving her mother crazy, so when Laureth finds out that her dad lost his very important idea notebook in New York City when he is supposedly in Austria, her mother doesn’t seem very concerned. When Laureth can’t get her dad on the phone, she decides that the best course of action is to wait until her mom leaves for the weekend, then take her seven-year-old brother with her from London to New York to try to track down her father.

Oh, and did I mention that Laureth is blind? She’s pretty self-sufficient and doesn’t like people to notice at first, but she needs her little brother’s help to get around the city. They bounce around New York following leads as things get more and more weird, and even a bit dangerous. Laureth even begins to think that maybe it wasn’t a great idea to fly off to New York with her little brother without telling anyone.

This book has an intriguing mystery element, but the real reason to read it is the first-person narration from Laureth’s point of view. Having been blind since birth, how does Laureth think about colors? How does she deal with everyday things like meeting new people and shaking hands, or handing over a boarding pass to a security officer? I loved reading this story from her perspective.

Read More:

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry



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