17 March 2014

She Is Not Invisible; Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not InvisibleShe Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite the major suspension of disbelief required (there's no way, in this post-9/11, post-7/7 world could Laureth and Benjamin have gotten to New York on their own) this was a good read. The obsessions their father has, recorded in his notebook, have clearly influenced both his children and their search for him is driven by more than just Laureth's sense of family duty. Laureth's coping strategies are admirable, and even though it's technically front-and-center, it's clear that there's much more to her than being blind. Benjamin is at times preternaturally adult, helping his big sister, and so obviously a 7-year-old that he's a very real boy.

In addition to that, the inclusion of the notebook pages on Freud, Jung and others may spark an interest in younger readers.  Not many books can make concepts like synchronicity understandable and interesting to pre-teens.

ARC provided by publisher.

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