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Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented.
Her secret: she is blind.
But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.
She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.
I have wanted to read something by Marcus Sedgwick for a while now, so I decided to pick up She Is Not Invisible. I’m glad I decided to read it, because I thought it was an incredibly quick, engaging read with a great message.
She Is Not Invisible centres around Laureth Peak and her seven-year-old brother Benjamin. Laureth and Benjamin, plus Benjamin’s toy raven Stan are at Heathrow airport waiting to board a plan to New York to find their father. It should be an easy thing to do, but it’s not easy for Laureth. Laureth is blind and has to rely on Benjamin to lead the way. Their father has always taught them to look for patterns and connections to answer puzzles, but Laureth can’t find the answer to the puzzle of her father! She’s not sure why he is in America when he should be in Europe. She’s not sure why he’s not answering his phone. So Laureth decides to take her brother to New York to find him.
I thought She Is Not Invisible was a good story about a protagonist that we don’t often read about attempting to find a loved one. Marcus Sedgwick’s writing is beautiful. It was easy to build the atmosphere and go on a very unusual journey. I loved how because the main character was blind, we were able to learn about the world in terms of the sound, feel and smells. The story is also based around Laureth and Benjamin’s father’s obsession with patterns and coincidences. It was definitely an interesting way to look at the world.
I think She Is Not Invisible works because it crosses so many genres, it’s not just a young adult read. It’s also got elements of mystery and philosophy too. I loved our main characters, they were so easy to love and root for.
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