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My Invisible Sister [Kindle Edition]

Beatrice Colin , Sara Pinto
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Ten-year-old Frank and his family have moved nine times in eleven years, and Frank has had it. No more new schools or new friends. This time Frank's going to make his sister love the place so much she never wants to leave. Because, you see, when your sister is invisible, she can do pretty much whatever she likes. And if she gets unhappy . . .

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Beatrice Colin is a novelist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her novel, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (John Murray) was published in the UK and in the US as The Glimmer Palace (Riverhead) in 2008. It was chosen By Richard and Judy's Book Club as one of their titles in 2009 and was nominated for a British Book Award. It was also short-listed for Scottish Art Council Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Award 2009.

Beatrice was born in London and moved to Scotland as a child. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, she worked as a journalist for the arts and features pages of publications including The Scotsman, Sunday Herald and The Guardian. Her first novel, Nude Untitled, (Toby Press, 2000) was short-listed for a Saltire Award. Her second, Disappearing Act (Toby Press, 2001) was published in the US. She has written six plays and dramatized three novels for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been broadcast and published in anthologies and literary magazines such as Ontario Review and The London Magazine.

Her new novel The Songwriter was reviewed in The List Magazine: 'Against a backdrop of jazz and prohibition, a cast of performers and glamorous aristos weave their way through these paranoid, war-stricken times. Colin, who once lived in New York herself, retraces the era with consummate period detail and beautifully flowing prose.'

In her spare time she enjoys poking around junk shops and playing the piano.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 12 Dec. 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Frank is tired of moving. He's lived in eight different houses in ten years.

The reason: his invisible sister, Elizabeth.

Cursed with Formus Disappearus, a rare genetic disease that makes her invisible, his sister is always unhappy with wherever they live. Because of that, Elizabeth takes it upon herself to make Frank miserable. This time, however, is different. Frank meets Charlie and they hit it off as friends right away. Elizabeth, though, is already talking about getting their family to move again.

Can Frank find a way to make Elizabeth fit in and want to stay?

A quick, fun read for reluctant readers. The character are likable, and the plot is fairly well-developed. Those who have always wanted to be invisible, have annoying siblings, or who enjoy realistic fiction, friendship, and school stories will all enjoy reading MY INVISIBLE SISTER.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 12 Dec. 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Frank is tired of moving. He's lived in eight different houses in ten years.

The reason: his invisible sister, Elizabeth.

Cursed with Formus Disappearus, a rare genetic disease that makes her invisible, his sister is always unhappy with wherever they live. Because of that, Elizabeth takes it upon herself to make Frank miserable. This time, however, is different. Frank meets Charlie and they hit it off as friends right away. Elizabeth, though, is already talking about getting their family to move again.

Can Frank find a way to make Elizabeth fit in and want to stay?

A quick, fun read for reluctant readers. The character are likable, and the plot is fairly well-developed. Those who have always wanted to be invisible, have annoying siblings, or who enjoy realistic fiction, friendship, and school stories will all enjoy reading MY INVISIBLE SISTER.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sibling Trouble with a Twist 29 May 2010
By Kate Coombs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When you're a ten-year-old boy like Frank, life is usually pretty simple. But Frank has a thirteen-year-old sister, which would be enough of a pain if she were normal. It's even worse because Elizabeth has a rare condition called Formus Dissapearus, which essentially means she's invisible.

A lot of the time Elizabeth is not happy, and she uses her condition to make sure her family is unhappy, too. The family has moved almost every single year of Frank's life because whenever Elizabeth decides she hates a place, she causes so much trouble in the form of unpleasant pranks that they must all leave town.

Elizabeth also uses her ability to make her brother look stupid and to frame him for things he didn't do. As the family unpacks and Frank tries to make friends with the kid next door, Elizabeth has him tripping, talking to "nobody," and wearing his underwear on his head, for example.

The first day of school Elizabeth embarrasses Frank, but the other kids end up thinking it's cool that his sister is an invisible student. On the way home, though, Elizabeth informs him that she hates it here. Frank really doesn't want to move again. He begs his sister to cheer up, and she says she'll give it a week.

Despite the humor, the authors obviously feel sorry for Elizabeth, who says to her brother, "You have no idea, do you?" and "They keep asking me if I'm wearing any clothes... Like, duh? Do they think I want to freeze to death? Do they think I'm some kind of nudist?"

Frank makes friends with the neighbors and ends up babysitting, which creates more humor as he deals with the infant he's named Smelly Vincent and Vincent's siblings, all under the age of five. One nicely comic scene has Frank being asked by Harassed Mother to take the children trick-or-treating. Frank must come up with Halloween costumes on the spot, and his own costume, Impaled Airplane-Pilot Crash Victim, isn't quite working. Elizabeth hangs around mocking him, but she steps in when some bullies try to take the Halloween swag from these younger kids. Elizabeth doesn't play ghost; she turns Smelly Vincent into a flying baby ghost!

Colin and Pinto come up with some clever situations, and they're also good at using pouty thirteen-year-old girl behavior at its worst, as amped up by the power of invisibility. Nonetheless, by the end of the book, it looks like Frank and his family will stick around. There's even a hint at the end of the book that Elizabeth's condition might change in a possible sequel.

My Invisible Sister is slim at 119 pages, but it has a fun premise and the authors build on that premise with great good humor. The 9-to-12 crowd will no doubt get a kick out of this new book, especially boys.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything your ten year old ever wanted in a book 13 Dec. 2011
By Mary H. in Vemont - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My Invisible Sister, by Beatrice Colin and veteran children's author Sara Pinto, will make your 7-12 year old laugh, cry, worry, and keep on reading, then ask for more stories about this wacky and charming family. Frank's invisible sister gets them all into trouble but it's mostly Frank who bears the brunt of his older sister's antics. Imagine standing up in front of the class to give a report with your invisible and endlessly naughty sister by your side. All she has to do is give you a good poke or throw a sandwich at the teacher to throw a wrench in your plans to be a model student. Frank's family moves a lot, thanks to her antics, and he wants to stay awhile and make friends in this new community. The father writes restaurant reviews and plays in a band. The mother is always rushing somewhere, seemingly oblivious of Frank's problems with his sister. You will love them all and will want to borrow the book as soon as your child is done, or better yet, maybe you'll want to read it and laugh together. It's that kind of book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is invincible and invisible 11 Jun. 2014
By Olivier S. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
invisible book
this book was awesome I hay not read anything like it
this book did not make me I don't wanna read
5.0 out of 5 stars Love 9 Jan. 2014
By Christopher O Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. It was full of different and yet cool surprises. Being fake but yet so real.( :
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