Reviews for She is not invisible

Author: Sedgwick, Marcus
ISBN: 9781780621340

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong. On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind. A well written story, as you would expect, but different to other Sedgewick titles. The books complexity and depth making the reader think, even after the book is finished. Extracts from Laureth’s father’s notebook punctuate the story explaining different aspects of coincidences. Laureth’s blindness and personality add to the book. Compelling reading which I couldn’t put down. Well worth promoting.

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 5 star

I thought this book was great it was about this girl called Laureth who is blind and her brother Benjamin and his fluffy raven called Stan. They all go to find their father.

Review by Della - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

It was interesting as it wasn't a fairy tale type book. But it was full of adventure and had an unusual twist which I like. The characters were unusual and I liked to read about them.

Review by Evie - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book as it had a really interesting plot and the characters were so realistic. It makes you think about things like coincidences- I had never thought about them before and it was a really original subject for the book.

Review by Yasmin - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

This book cover wasn't very aesthetically pleasing and didn't seem like my sort of book but when I started reading it and got through some chapters, it was amazing!!!!

Review by Mia - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed reading this book because it makes you think about other aspects of life, like being blind and having to rely on your 7 year old brother. It was a very good book and I enjoyed this book a lot.

Review by Daisy - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I quite liked this book and it was very inspiring and I loved the way the book was written.

Review by Krishani - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was very thought through by the author! The hidden message they told you about at the end was very touching!!! I really recommend this to everyone who likes a heart-touching story!!!

Review by Olivia - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed this action-packed, fast-paced book. Laureth and Benjamin Peak were very strange but couragious characters and you could really connect with Laureth and fell what it's like to be blind! "One Thing When You Learn What She Deals With, You Might Love The Blind Girl, Who Knows It's Never Been Her Sight She Needs, That It's Trust, Love And Faith!"

Review by Ruby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I think it was a good book quite exiting you can't stop reading it you will want to find out what will happen

Review by Nataniel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I think it was a good book, quite exiting so you can't stop reading it. You will want to find out what will happen.

Review by Nataniel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought it was a good book, but at the same time I felt like it dragged a bit. I would have enjoyed it more if the tempo was faster.

Review by Caleb - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The book is a real page turner. If you like mysteries,adventures or family relationships then this is the book for you. I like how the book is very creative as 354 is crammed into every way possible in the book and the secret message at the end.

Review by Kylie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really liked this book because it made you think. Sometimes it confused me but it was really good and really interesting. I definitely recommend this book if you love adventure books.

Review by Danielle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I enjoyed the book because it was very interesting and fascinating. I loved learning all about coincidences and what Laureth thought about the world. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and mystery stories.

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because it was imaginative. However it was very confusing. The Benjamin effect confused me a lot

Review by James - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I like this book as it is confusing at first and then makes sense. I like it how the ending is and the way it has the clues throughout the book. It is interesting how you can find out what her Dad is writing. I love it as it is mysterious and I like it how it is from the point of the main character as well as her younger brother.

Review by Jolie - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

I love this book as it is very mysterious and I like the fact that it is from both Laureth and Benjamins point of view. Also it is different from most books about blind people as she doesn't have a special power.

Review by Jess - John Port School
This book is rated 3 star

I liked the story line but it was kind of hard to understand.

Review by Molly - John Port School
This book is rated 4 star

This is a good book, but it can be a little bit depressing at times. She is not Invisible has quite an unexpected plot, however, the ending seemed like the author ran out of ideas or something because it was just like a family reunion, and no one was cross with Laureth,although it did finish on page 354.

Review by Emily - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought this book was ok even though it took forever to get going. I also really liked the characters because they all seemed to have their own special personalities.

Review by Adam - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

It was quite good. I liked the parts from dad's notebook because they made me think. If Laureth wasn't blind then I probably would have lost interest, but it just about kept me engaged. I thought the ending was a bit cliché and not very well written, as if the author ran out of ideas, but I liked that they did that to keep the length at 354 pages.

Review by Rachel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I found that She is not Invisible was confusing when her dad's notebook extracts were mentioned. This made my feelings for the book a bit mixed but I loved that the characters were very believable and realistic. However, the ending was very disappointing; it was too predicatble and it gave the impression that the author had run out of things to say.

Review by Daisy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really enjoy the book because all of the good things seemed to be at the beginning. At the start it grabbed my interest but it just went down hill from there. In addition the cover was very bland.

Review by Kate - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because it jumped straight in with questions. It was full of mystery and strange happenings. I would've enjoyed it more if it had told us more about the characters and not made only the start good and carried it on throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a one-time read.

Review by Jack - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

This book was a little disappointing. It was thrilling at the beginning however as the book went on, it got a little slow like the author had given up. I wouldn't read this book again as it was a bit confusing and heavy.

Review by Madeleine - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I loved this story! It was interesting and very easy to get into and enjoy. I enjoyed the idea of the main character being blind and it being written from her point of view, it was very unique. Also the plot was satisfying and all together excellent with the idea of the main character taking her brother to meet their father without permission. I would definitely recommend this story!

Review by Rose - Dukeries Academy
This book is rated 4 star

This book is very good, full of mystery and disappointment. For the reader this works because it creates hope, excitement and sympathy for the character keeping you interested in the book. The reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because it had a slow start however, overall it is an interesting read and is one of the best books I have read.

Review by Emily - Dukeries Academy
This book is rated 4 star

This is an absolutely amazing book. The fact that the main character is blind gives the story a completely awesome and original look. Also the plot is quick but not too quick so that you forget what has happened. The combination of a great storyline and an expert writer equals an extraordinarily good book.

Review by Kaylen - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 5 star

It was a very good book. I feel like it got a bit more exiting during the middle to the end because the beginning dragged on a bit. I liked the way it was written because it was a bit like a mystery scene where they are given clues and they have to solve the problem. Overall it was very exciting to read and I will definitely come back to it again.

Review by Sophie - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 4 star

This book was great, I really enjoyed it. It's also interesting to see how Laureth could cope with everything even though she was blind. A thing I didn't like about the book is that the notebook was super confusing.

Review by Jack - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I found this book too long and the ending was really weird because their dad kept writing 354 a lot in his diary and the story ended on page 354. I didn't like this book because it wasn't my type of book. I like horror books.

Review by Michaela - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

Not my type of book, I think it was too long, my favorite bit was when he ended on page 354 (the number in Jack's diary). I think the notebook stretched the book out, the notes were also confusing.

Review by Caitlin - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

This was a really good book! My favourite character was Benjamin because he's got such a strong bond with Laureth and I love his innocence! I like how the book gave you extracts of the Dad's notebook because it gave you an insight into where he might be. I found it really tense when they got to the place where their Dad might be. I found it really tense when they got to the place where their Dad might be. However, it got a bit boring after a while because you were expecting them to find their Dad, but they didn't for AGES! I thought that the ending was a bit rushed. When I first picked up this book, I wasn't sure if I would like it because what I could tell from the blurb, it wasn't the book for me. However, it was really interesting and I couldn't put it down, I read 200 pages in one go! The moral: don't judge a book by its cover or blurb!!!

Review by Maria - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought the book was complicated but interesting at the same time. This book also had some thrilling parts. I wouldn't really recommend it to someone my age because of the complicated sections.

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I thought the book was interesting but kind of complicated, therefore I wouldn't really recommend this book. Though I did enjoy what I read, I didn't finish the book.

Review by Lois - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought this book was weird! I wasn't really connected with it because it was complicated, so I wouldn't really want to read this again and I don't think my friends would understand this. So I think it was aimed at older ages, especially the Dad's black book.

Review by Lewis - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I thought this book was very confusing but it was also very interesting, because the main character (Laureth) is blind and I thought that it made the book much more exciting.

Review by Carter - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I was a bit put off by the front cover at first, as it had a real human on it and I like to imagine the characters. However, I did find the front cover quite clever, as they cut out Laureth's eyes and Laureth is blind, so it could give a hint about the description of the main character. A unique plot is consistent throughout the book and there is no story like it. Sedgwick has the unique ability to imagine great characters and an extraordinary plot and set them down on paper. Some points of the book were so sinister that I didn't want to turn the page! I also had great sympathy for the main character, Laureth, who is blind and can't see anything but a faint light in front of a window; it almost makes me want to raise money for a blind people charity. I also felt great sympathy for Laureth's little brother, Benjamin, as he is only very young and has to do everything for his sister, including reading to her page after page of their Dad's notebook. However, I also found him quite annoying, as he was 'glued' to his stupid raven, Stars, and kept talking to it, which annoyed me quite a bit. The book is mainly about coincidences, as their Dad is obsessed with them and is writing a book about them. Since I have read the book, there seem to be a lot of coincidences happening! Either that, or I am more aware of them. I have now become obsessed with coincidences; Sedgwick has put me in a completely different mindset! I would recommend this book to children of a secondary school age and there's one more thing; Laureth should get a guide dog.

Review by Isobel - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

I really like this book because the characters let you share the emotions and their experiences. This book is cleverly written and the characters are realistic which captivates the thoughts of the reader. I practically like the character Laureth because of her determined feelings to find her missing father . The title of the book is a metaphor which tells us that most blind people feel invisible because they can't see the world as we can .

Review by Jessica - John Port School
This book is rated 4 star

The story started off slow, because she explained a lot about her current situation and the other character in the book. when I got near the end of the book it got more interesting and I liked how it ended.

Review by Lauren - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

I think this is a beautifully-written story, firstly because of her relationship with her younger brother and the way they are like a 'team' and care about each other very much. The book also includes extracts from Laureth's father's notebook, which I find interesting as they link to real life. This is because they allow Laureth and her father to deeply connect with one another and they talk about his perspectives. She also perceives her parents which link to her blindness. Her mother is very over-protective (which sort of doesn't allow her to do the 'challenge'in the story)and her father is very dismissive when he finds that some things are unworthy of consideration. I also found that Laureth's blindness doesn't change the way she is or what other people think about her which I like because she is a very tough person! As you can tell, I really enjoyed reading this book!

Review by Honesty - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

With her father missing and her mother not caring at all, Laureth decides to take her little brother to try and find their father. I found the book was very interesting. However, I was not entirely interested with what was inside the black book as it would be explained anyway.

Review by Jo - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed the plot, it had a solid storyline. My favourite character is Laureth because she's so courageous and determined. It would be better if Laureth and Benjamin went on more adventures in New York. Overall it's really good.

Review by Olivia - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

She is Not Invisible is an adventurous and exciting book to read. It's all about a girl who goes to New York and she is blind so her brother helps her. The reason its called she is not invisible is because she isn't invisible.

Review by Megan - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

She is not invisible is an adventurous and exciting book to read. It's all about a girl who goes to New York and she is blind so her brother helps her. The reason its called she is not invisible is because she isn't invisible.

Review by Megan - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

The book was very enjoyable but I don't really like the ending. The whole idea of the book is interesting and unique. At first I didn't think I'd like it, but after reading it I realise I was wrong and it was really good.

Review by Evie - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

The book was very good, although the ending was a bit predictable. I love the idea of coincidences and the number 354. Each chapter makes sense. "One thing - when you learn what she deals with you might love the blind girl who knows that it's never been her sight that she needs, that it's trust, love and faith also".

Review by Ella - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I loved reading this book as it was very compelling in a way I never imagined Marcus Sedgewick could write causing me to fall in love with the characters in their arduous journey. A beautiful piece of writing that I truly enjoyed and strongly reccomend to anyone with a heart for good literature. 'She is not invisible' couldn't have deserved more to be in this shortlist, as it definitely is a brilliant book.

Review by Ella - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book, and how it gave you hints of some kind of disability but you only find out when she says. My favourite character is Laureth because I like how she acts bravely and looks after her little brother, and that she would travel almost all the way to the other side of the Earth just to find out about the safety of someone she loves. However, the majority of the excerpts from "the black book" were not actually that interesting ,which was quite disappointing. On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down, and it always left you guessing as to what would happen next.

Review by Angelina - Becket School
This book is rated 1 star

I tried to read this book it just dragged on a bit. It was so long. It was in the right genre for me but it just wasn't my kind of book.

Review by Alissia - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

She is Not Invisible is a book about a blind 16 year old called Laureth and her 7 year old brother Benjamin. When Laureth finds out her father an author is missing in New York she runs away with Benjamin to find him. They carry out a very dangerous, confusing and exciting search until right at the end they find their father. I loved the sense of danger this book had and I think Laureth being blind made it even better. I would recommend this book to someone who likes an exciting and mysterious book. It was a really enjoyable book.

Review by Mara - Becket School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is about a girl, Laureth, who is blind and takes her brother, Benjamin, (and his raven) to New York to find their dad because she got an email saying that someone had their dad's notebook. I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. You always wanted to know what was going to happen. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure books.

Review by Ana - Becket School
This book is rated 3 star

I enjoyed the book and how you don't realize that she has an issue until it tells you. My favourite character is Laureth because she seems nice. I like the bit when she is on the aeroplane.

Review by Alice - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't mind this book because it wasn't a fast paced thriller like it said on the blurb. I also wasn't happy with the ending. Although I liked Benjamin and Stan because they were funny. I would recommend this book to people who like a long story line that will last long so it will be fully described.

Review by Sophia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like this book because the ending wasn't very dramatic and I didn't feel like I knew the characters well. I recommend this book to people who like long storylines. The only thing I like about this book is Laureth's bravery.

Review by Ava - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

I thought the book was a flop. It felt slow paced and the charecters had no depth. The worst thing was the end where the Dad was mugged. If you like slow paced books with terrible endings then read it.

Review by Harry - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I didn't mind the book the book because it had a good plot, though I am disappointed with the ending because there was no mystery.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I think the book was alright, because Laureth was brave, but the ending could have been better because there was no real mystery.

Review by Nyles - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy the book. It didn't seem real and I feel like anyone else reading it would have a hard time trying to relate to the characters. Though it was well written.

Review by Toby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like the book because Laureth didn't seem very believable as a character and what she did in the story wasn't something a blind person could do so easily.

Review by Cameron - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy the book because I thought it was quite slow. I didn't feel very connected to the book and I felt a lot was left unsaid. However I felt quite sorry for the character, Laureth, as she was blind.

Review by Vinay - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

This book wasn't really my type of story because we didn't really know much about Mum. Also what I didn't really get was she stole her mums credit card and went to see her Dad even though she was blind

Review by Joe - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I didn't really enjoy the book because you didn't find much out about the characters. For example, Dad was a very mysterious character and we didn't find a lot out about Mum.

Review by Paige - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book was very hard to go along with and very hard to read, but my favourite character was Stan because I love stuffed toys. It is hard to realise that Laureth is blind and her little brother has to help her around.

Review by Alison - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I loved this book as it had a twist on the character and without that twist the book wouldn't have been as thrilling! In the chapters of her dad's notebook, it gets complicated however you need to pay attention to those parts as they come back later on with Laureth and her brother Benjamin. It is a very enjoyable book and makes you want it to never end! At the end of the book the author leaves questions which are answered in the book so you can test yourself and if you read the first word of each chapter there is a secret message!

Review by Philippa - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed 'She Is Not Invisible' for the most part. At first it confused me and then I began to understand. I found the extracts from the notebook very boring though. Furthermore, I thought the ending was very disappointing. My favourite character was Benjamin and the reason for this is because he sounded really cute and he reminded me of myself at his age, although I wasn't quite so heroic. At times the book made my spine tingle and made me so curious that it started to draw me in and made me want to read more. This is why when it got to the end, which I thought would be very exciting, I was disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

Review by Molly - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book was fast paced and full of unexpected twists and turns. This isn't my usual type of genre but I was enthralled with the mystery and fascinated by the coincidence information cleverly integrated into the novel. Overall a brilliant read.

Review by Claire - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

This is the kind of book that will make you annoy your friends with facts for months after reading it - trust me. After being exiled for the millionth time I have finally left this book behind me. Although did you know.... (censored due to high risk of spoilers)). The main character's handicap makes you feel sorry for her, but doesn't take away from the story. Can be a bit slow in places but if you push through it's definitely rewarding.

Review by Becky - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

I really liked reading this book because of the depth and tension created. The author creates a tense, exciting atmosphere that makes you want to read on. He also makes the reader ask questions and begin to doubt themselves. The plot itself has lots of unexpected twists and turns which make for an exciting read. The topic is an interesting one since no one has really managed to explain coincidence or why it happens. This book made me think about coincidence myself and intrigued me. The mystery element of it was also very enjoyable and kept me interested and guessing as to what was about to happen. The tension and apprehension was almost tangible and I could barely put it down at some parts! This book is also inspirational because it shows that being different can be an asset rather than a burden or problem. The characters are realistic and believable. I would most definitely recommend this book, particularly to older readers, because of the: well thought out plot; almost tangible atmosphere; mystery and tension; and most of all, the depth and inspiration.

Review by Shivanshi - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 4 star

The beginning is really exciting. I like how Benjamin helps Laureth through the airport. That scene is really tense because you don’t know what will happen to them; if they will make it onto the plane or if they will get chucked out! I can’t wait to find out what happens at the end!

Review by Mia - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book, the author has thought very well about the plot of this story and it is very gripping. I think Laureth is a brilliant character to the storyline and is a great heroine. This is my favourite book so far and I want to read it all over again! I would recommend this to early teenagers and eleven year old children. I can’t believe how realistic Laureth and Benjamin were, it was like you there in New York with them! I don’t think I would change anything about this book because I think it is perfect! It gave a perfect message that Laureth had faith in herself and she believed she could find her dad.

Review by Holly - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book. With a very gripping plot this book was very interesting to read. I would definitely recommend it. My favourite character was by far Laureth, she is very inspiring! The book is always interesting even though it is not full of action. I think that this book is ideal for children aged 11, 12, 13. I would not change anything in this book, it is absolutely brilliant! This book comes with lots of inspiring messages. The main message, I believe, in this book is “you are not alone.”

Review by Emma - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book because the twist was at the beginning which helped build up the tension. The first page draws you in and makes you want to read on and never put it down. I would recommend this book to people who like family stories and also solving mysteries.

Review by Elizabeth - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book because the plot was exciting and didn't just stay the same. As a result it made it a very nice read and not one you need a break from.

Review by Megan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed the tension, adventure and mystery in this book. The author really got you tense in the airport scene because it made you think they were not going to get out.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book as the plot is really good, which makes the book easy to read. I also liked it because Laureth takes her brother on so many adventures at only seven years old.

Review by Leah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

My favourite character was Benjamin because he's a great brother to poor blind Laureth. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to everyone at secondary school.

Review by Cassidy - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

The start of the book doesn't make sense and made me confused, but when I finished reading the book it started to make sense and I actually liked it.

Review by Caliph - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The start of the book doesn't make sense and made me confused, but when I finished reading the book it started to make sense and I actually like it.

Review by Caliph - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really liked this book because it was an interesting story and really fun to read. On the other hand it was quite short.

Review by Destiny - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book isn't for me, but in the middle of the book it gets quite tense and exciting. I would consider reading this book if you like strange and exciting books.

Review by Molly - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

I didn't enjoy the book because it was very slow and not action packed. It was very long and dragged on. The book wasn't for me.

Review by Gabriel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

My favourite character is without a doubt Benjamin because despite being 'abducted' by his sister and everything he touches malfunctions, he still has hope, is as smart as anything, and takes after his Dad.

Review by Emma - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

It was really really good! It gave a clear message about having faith and standing out. My favourite character is Laureth, because despite everything she pulls through in the end, even though hardly anyone believes in her.

Review by India - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

It was really good. I read it really quickly. I liked Laureth the best but I also liked her little brother - they were both very brave because they went to find their Dad when their Mum didn't care. I liked how they had their own code to guide Laureth where to go.

Review by Abigail - Minster School