Synopses & 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 he meets Alicia. She's blind, and Bobby can't resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again-before it's too late.
"A 15-year-old boy discovers that he has turned invisible overnight and becomes determined to take control of the situation and of his own destiny. 'As preposterous as the teen's predicament may be, the author spins a convincing and affecting story,' according to PW. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A readable, thought-provoking tour de force, alive with stimulating ideas, hard choices, and young people discovering bright possibilities ahead. (Kirkus Reviews) Clementss story is full of life; its poignant, funny, scary, and seemingly all too possible. The author successfully blends reality with fantasy in a tale that keeps his audience in suspense until the very end. (School Library Journal)
"A readable, thought-provoking tour de force, alive with stimulating ideas, hard choices, and young people discovering bright possibilities ahead. "-Kirkus Reviews
"Hearts will go out to Bobby as he learns that being true to himself is as important as realizing his dreams."-Publishers Weekly "Bobby's family and home life are authentically depicted, and teens will respond to Bobby's desire to create a path to his dreams and root for his crazy idea to work."--Booklist
Now in paperback--the ALA Best Book for Young Adults from the bestselling author of "Frindle." Fifteen-year-old Bobby is used to feeling like he's invisible. Then one morning he wakes up and he "is" invisible. Now he wonders if he'll ever reappear.
Bored tenth grader Bobby Steele mixes things up by attending a prestigious prep school under the identity of Rowan Pohi—a student persona Bobby created with the help of his friends. How long can he keep up the charade before his suspenseful career as an impostor comes to an end?
“A funny and poignant tale. . . . Fletchers novel will resonate with fans of Chris Crutcher and Todd Strasser.” -VOYA
In this unsettling, entertaining young adult novel, Ralph Fletcher tells the story of Bobby Steele and his pals, three guys waiting for tenth grade to begin. Out of their boredom, the imaginary Rowan Pohi (thats IHOP backwards) is born. Bobby applies to the prestigious private school Whitestone Prep in Rowans name, and, amazingly, hes accepted. Eager to escape his public school and his unhappiness at home, Bobby becomes Rowan, hoping the two lives hes living will stay separate forever. For a short, exhilarating time, they do.
About the Author
Ralph Fletcher is the versatile author of 30-some books, including (for young readers) novels, picture book texts, poetry, and books about writing, as well as books for writing teachers. Recipient of a master's degree in fiction from Columbia University, he worked in New York City classrooms for the Teachers College Writing Project, designed to help teachers develop better ways of teaching writing. He travels widely to teach writing and talk about his work. Mr. Fletcher lives in Durham, NH, with his wife and four sons. His website is www.ralphfletcher.com.