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Andrew Clements lives in Massachusetts.


Gr 7 Up-Bobby Phillips and Alicia are back together, trying to figure out who to trust in Andrew Clements's sequel (2008) to Things Not Seen (2002) and Things Hoped For (2006, all Philomel). One morning not long ago, Bobby woke up and discovered that he was invisible. Now, a mysterious invisible man named William wants to know the secret to becoming visible again. The teens' fathers are experimenting with invisibility but want to keep their successes from the government, fearing how the information might be used. The FBI is questioning them and their families. How are the two teenagers to know who to trust or what to do? Are they really threats to national security? Added to the intrigue is Alicia's growing romantic attraction to Robert, as Bobby now wants to be called. The conclusion in gripping, but Clements leaves the door open for further installments. Bobby could still be fodder for government experiments and the knowledge of invisibility is a two-edged sword. Narrator Jennifer Ikeda does a satisfactory job with Alicia's introspective narrative, and we "see" the dangerous situations and emotional turmoil in much the same way as the blind narrator. For fans of the previous books.-Janet Hilbun, Texas Woman's University, Denton Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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