Monday, February 10, 2014

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible
by Marcus Sedgwick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group|Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781596438019
Genre: YA
Number of Pages: 224
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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.

She Is Not InvisibleMy Review:
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

I had no idea how thought-provoking She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick would be or how much I would enjoy this YA read! I love the world building and descriptions of people and places. Never have I been able to mentally picture a scene through only sound, smell and feel, but thanks to Laureth, the narrator and main character, I am amazed at how clearly I could be “in the moment.” Laureth is a blind sixteen-year-old who sets out on a mission to find her missing father with her six-year-old brother and his stuffed raven, Stan in tow and so begins their journey from London to New York. A daunting feat for anyone, but Laureth possesses a confidence that she can do it with the help of Benjamin, who becomes her eyes when needed. Where is their author/father? Is it his obsession with coincidences that has made him go AWOL?

Marcus Sedgwick has put together captivating characters, an international adventure and done more to shed light on the day to day challenges of what a person without sight must endure than any dry, non-fiction publication with his crisp writing and attention to the emotional detail. Being different doesn’t mean being insignificant, doesn’t mean having to go the extra mile to make people comfortable, we should all leave our comfort zones and never underestimate the power of determination. The real story here is about the journey Laureth, Benjamin and Stan take against all odds, all in the name of family and love. Mr. Sedgwick has created an eye-opening experience, a wondrous adventure and an amazingly entertaining read! I admit, I couldn’t have done what these two did!

I received an ARC edition from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Roaring Brook Press in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I am ready to go on an adventure with Laureth. The entire concept sounds fascinating to me.

    1. It was brilliant! The author must have really researched what blindness was like!