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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780621094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780621098
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

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What this book proves, is that Marcus is not only one of the greatest British YA writers, but one of the most versatile too. Unlike anything he has written before and a book that will reach a whole new audience. Bloomin' loved it. (Phil Earle, author of HEROIC, BEING BILLY and SAVING DAISY)

I was thoroughly captivated by this smart and intriguing contemporary thriller with heart. (Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER)

She is Not Invisible is an exciting, thought-provoking story - a Scarlett Thomas or A. L. Kennedy for teenagers. (Anna A CASE FOR BOOKS)

There's another uncompromising aspect to this superb book. Marcus Sedgwick doesn't speak down to his teen readers. He tells it how it is, without footnotes or gloss, and it's up to the reader to decide how much they want to take from his books. A rollicking good adventure? No problem - that's there and easily available. Just let your eyes slide across the bits in italics and jump to the next event. It would be a shame to do that, though, because for those prepared to deal with it, there's much, much more in this book: theories and philosophies and ideas which stretch the reader and give the adventure far greater depth and resonance. Not many novels, for adults or younger folk, contain whole pages of notes on people such as Einstein, Jung and Koestler, but this one does, because it shows what Jack Peak believes on the nature of coincidence, and it is by understanding that that Laureth and Benjamin (with the help of Stan the stuffed raven) resolve the crisis. (THE BOOKBAG)

Marcus Sedgwick has written a story which really makes you think. He has referred to it as an iceberg and certainly the story can be read on two levels; on the surface a simple story of a girl, Laureth, accompanied by her young brother, Ben and his beloved soft toy, Stan, determined to find their missing father, in spite of Laureth's personal circumstances making this no easy task and, below the surface, a much more complicated story, concerning the nature of obsession and coincidence; all of which leaves you pondering and re-reading. Familial relationships are at the heart of this story and how these can engender love, confidence and faith. Laureth is awe inspiring and loveable. Her personal journey is totally absorbing. (Gill Perry at Exeter High Street WATERSTONES.COM)

This is a book about coincidences, unconditional love and bravery. It is also about going with a gut feeling against the odds and the chance that just perhaps it will all come right in the end. Stannous and Ben are, perhaps, my favourite characters, often positive when life gets tough and understanding what it means to be needed. The story revolves around Laureth's father, a search across New York for a character who is missing and the mutual support between two siblings. This is an extraordinary tale, with brilliant descriptive passages. You can almost hear and smell New York. I was relieved that Stannous made it home... (Sue Chambers at Finchley Road WATERSTONES.COM)

Sedgwick's prose is as crisp and clear as always, without losing a single fathom of emotional depth, and Laureth and Benjamin will resonate soundly with anyone who has ever negotiated the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (Rebecca Davies THE INDEPENDENT: CHILDREN'S BOOKS BLOG)

Despite being 'about' a blind girl, this is not a book about being blind. It doesn't seek to induce pity and nor does it resort to awarding its protagonist superhuman powers. Yet along the way it succeeds in very cleverly and subtly telling the reader a huge amount about being visually impaired. (BOOKTRUST)

Marcus Sedgwick doesn't speak down to his teen readers. He tells it how it is, without footnotes or gloss, and it's up to the reader to decide how much they want to take from his books. A rollicking good adventure? No problem - that's there and easily available. Just let your eyes slide across the bits in italics and jump to the next event. It would be a shame to do that, though, because for those prepared to deal with it, there's much, much more in this booK: theories and philosophies and ideas which stretch the reader and give the adventure far greater depth and resonance. Not many novels, for adults or younger folk, contain whole pages of notes on people such as Einstein, Jung and Koestler, but this one does, because it shows what Jack Peak believes on the nature of coincidence, and it is by understanding that that Laureth and Benjamin (with the help of Stan the stuffed raven) resolve the crisis. (THE BOOKBAG)

His small cast are marvellous in emotion, dialogue and humour. Each and every action, no matter how far-fetched, feels entirely natural. The plot points could easily feel forced but in these hands they flow naturally. Another subtle beauty of the novel is what you experience when the novel is finished as it suddenly reveals many small details that could be overlooked. As they are revealed the wonder of the novel strengthens and becomes something special and different. I found myself comparing the book to the very successful novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. They share similarities, themes and quality of prose. From the big apple setting to the affected protagonists to the nuances in the structure and formatting of the book the two books are closely bonded, but yet enjoy a wide difference in storytelling feel. (UTTER BIBLIO)

The author hasn't just provided you with a fast paced thriller, but he has also left you with ideas and puzzles to decipher. I challenge you not to come away from this book searching out the coincidences that occur in your life. I will definitely be recommending this book highly in the future as it stands out from the other YA books around at the moment. (SERENDIPITY REVIEWS)

But beyond the mere appreciation for the type of story this book tells, She Is Not Invisible is a beautifully written story that encapsulates so much. From her touching relationship with her young brother and the way they work as a duo to the way she interacts with the world - and how the world reacts to her. Or the way that story is told in a non-linear narrative because that's how Laureth thinks. (BOOKSMUGGLERS)

When sixteen-year-old Laureth's father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn't go alone; she takes her seven year old brother with her because she needs him. Laureth is blind and Benjamin is essential as her guide. Award-winning Marcus Sedgwick tells a pell-mell adventure as the children unravel the mysteries of obsession and coincidence as they solve the riddle behind their father's disappearance. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING)

It's a rollercoaster of a thriller that explores love, trust, courage and challenges. (CHOICE)

The message is a moving one: be kind to strangers, because the person who bumps into you might have a mountain to overcome. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

This is a novel that demands to be read more than once because it is only at the conclusion of the seven interlinked episodic stories that the complexity of the novel's extraordinary story of doomed love becomes clear... Sedgwick is a fine writer and this hugely atmospheric and demanding book will satisfy adults too. (Sally Morris THE DAILY MAIL)

Book Description

Set in London and Manhattan, prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick explores obsession, trust and coincidence in a page-turning thriller about Laureth Peak's mission to find her missing father.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
She Is Not Invisible is a gem of a read, a thought provoking and intelligent thriller which can be read on so many different levels. On the surface, it's an adventure story with our heroine, Laureth, accompanying her younger brother, Benjamin, on a quest to discover the whereabouts of their father, famous author, Jack Peak. Sounds straightforward enough but then Laureth has the extra obstacle of her blindness plus she isn't really sure that her Dad is officially missing.

There are so many layers to this deceptively simple story. Jack Peak is obsessed with the nature of coincidence in our daily lives and as you follow Laureth and Benjamin on their journey you find yourself pondering the same issues. Do we manufacture our own destiny or is it predetermined? Laureth is certainly determined to make her own mark on the world and is most certainly not invisible. She and Benjamin make an excellent team with superhero qualities, Batman and Robin spring to mind. I loved the way they worked together as one, along with Benjamin's trusty sidekick, Stan the crow! So many questions are raised and happily they aren't all answered and neatly tied up with a pretty bow.

This is a novel which makes you think, not just about the nature of coincidence but about family relationships, about what it is like to be different, about what influences our path in life. A highly recommended read for anyone with an inquiring mind. If you enjoyed The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon you'll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lilysmum VINE VOICE on 2 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Another great book from one of my favourite writers, Marcus Sedgwick, but one that makes a departure from his usual gothic books.

She Is Not Invisible tells the story of a girl called Laureth and her 7 year old brother Ben. Laureth's dad is a writer and he hasn't been getting on with her mum too well recently. Mum's been getting annoyed about the amount of time he's been spending researching his latest novel, which is about coincidence (Or co-inky-dinks, as Ben calls them!). Dad disappears and Laureth can't contact him as his phone seems to be switched off. Then she is contacted out of the blue by this guy in New York who says he has found her dad's notebook. Laureth panics and decides she has to go find her dad. The only trouble is, she's blind. So, she has to take Ben to help her navigate the airport and to get her to the place where she's arranged to meet the guy with the notebook. The tension rises as she makes her way through, always set on her goal of finding her dad, and always working really hard to get around barriers caused by her impaired vision. It's a really compelling thriller and I could not put it down - I read it during a long train journey, and got really lost in the story.

There's lots of good themes and ideas in this book. First, it tells you a lot about love, faith and life, and being determined, and fulfilling your goals. It also has some really interesting discussions about astrology, co-incidence, synchronicity, philosophy, and physics. It tells you a bit about literature, poetry, and writing, and it tells you what it might feel like to be visually impaired, and how some people can be great and others can be blinkered or prejudiced. There's a lot of stuff about human nature to reflect on.

I loved this book.
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I picked this book up on a whim, it was one of the suggestions on a precious purchase from Amazon. However, I feel like the description of the book was more enticing for me then the actual story, itself.

'She Is Not Invisible' follows the story of a girl called Laureth who has been unable to see since birth and lives with her mum, her author father and her little brother Benjamin. Whilst her dad is so busy writing new stories and attending meetings, Laureth has the on going job of answering his emails and replying to die hard fans and companies. However, whilst her dad is away on business, Laureth gets an email read out to her by the computer, that she never thought she would read. Her dad's notebook is with a stranger, in New York City, meaning her dad is in New York and not Switzerland. This makes Laureth incredibly worried and she finds herself taking her brother, her mums money and a fake note to New York City in hope to find her dad. Since he fails to return any of her calls, she makes it her personal mission to follow her dad's obsession and find him healthy and safe. However, once they're in New York, Laureth finds herself battling with more issues other then not being able to see. She begins to think she'll never see her dad again and after a few scary pages in his notebook she finds herself questioning if her dad really did do something stupid.

I think the book had a good initial plot idea. I liked the coincidences that her dad was so obsessed with and how it made his notebook interesting. However, sometimes it found that the notebook parts of the book were kinda confusing and really threw the plot off. I understand that this may have been intended, but at the same time, I feel like it made me loose sense of the book.
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