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The Last Invisible Boy Kindle Edition
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll tell you what you could probably guess from looking at the cover and flipping through the book.
1. It's about an invisible boy. Obviously. That's me. Actually, I'm not totally invisible. Yet. But I'm getting there.
2. There are a bunch of my drawings.
3. There are some really funny, really happy moments.
4. Just so you know, there are also some sad moments.
5. Everything in here is the truth. So if you like stories about true things, you might like this book.
That's all I'm going to tell you. All the stuff about my dad and my mom and my brother Derek and my friend Meli and whether or not I actually turn invisible or become completely visible again or figure out how to use my invisibility for the good of all mankind or just disappear altogether, you're going to have to read to find out.
So, let's get started. Just remember: This is my story, and anything can happen.
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* "This illustrated novel, reminiscent in style of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is sure to have huge appeal." -SLJ, *STAR
"The Last Invisible Boy is at turns heartbreaking and uplifting...A gutsy book that will stay with me a long time." -- Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
"The Last Invisible Boy may be written as a journal, but it's no blog. Protagonist Finn isn't writing for an audience -- he's writing to a friend. Sad, funny, and sincere." -- Hope Larson, Eisner Award-winning creator of Chiggers
"If you're looking for a tender, redemptive story told by a fierce, fragile protagonist, meet Finn Garrett, the Last Invisible Boy. You'll love him." -- Susan Patron, author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Higher Power of Lucky --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
J. P. Coovert attended the Center for Cartoon Studies. This is his first illustrated work for children. You can see more of his work at www.onepercentpress.com. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B002XA6IRY
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (17 November 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 2811 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 245 pages
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The book is supposedly written by Finn Garrett, 12 years old, whose father died just before summer ended. His body suffers a severe shock so that his hair slowly turns white and his skin becomes paler and paler. He writes about his life, his family's beginnings, his dad, how his family tries to deal with his dad's death, how everyone in school now sees him because he is slowly "disappearing" which, for him, is ironic because like most 12-year-olds, he would rather be invisible and not be noticed nor stand out in school. Finn philosophizes throughout the book as he tries to come to terms with his dad's death. He knows it's futile trying to go to the past, "run to the past and hide there, but since you are from the present, the past will not have you. NO ADMITTANCE, KID says the sign on the door that you are trying to kick down, to find your way back to the day ... Keep kicking at that door. It probably won't work, but keep trying." As a result of his experience, he feels older than his years; in fact, he feels like he has lived so long and had quite a number of previous lives before this one, and he wants to be reincarnated again as a different creature or object, just as he contemplates his father probably being reincarnated as another creature at his death. He frequently visits the cemetery where his dad is buried, just to think and let the day go by, and comes to the realization that he is writing his book because he is a keeper of his father's stories. When he finally gets around to telling about how his dad died, he speculates on the what-ifs and tries to put the blame for his father's death on anything: the invention of the airplane, the trip to Boston his father made, his dad's staying there longer than he should, the stewardess who just thought he was sleeping, anything would do except the real reason: he died of "natural causes". He even puts the blame on himself and feels guilty because he wasn't able to do anything to save his dad: "maybe made sure he ate more vegetables and exercised more so 'natural causes' didn't stand a chance. Or kept him from going to Boston, somehow." He feels the weight of his dad's death as he realizes he's the oldest male in their household. Meanwhile, he feels he is being erased from this world, becoming invisible, because a huge part of him wants to be with his dad wherever he is. He knows his mom is grieving privately and hears her crying sometimes, and he knows she's trying to pull herself together, but until he actually sees her as having come to grips and moved on, it was like he didn't allow himself the luxury of moving on until he knew his mom, Derek (his brother), and Grandpa Vic (his dad's dad) were all right because they had moved on and pulled themselves together. Only then did his subconscious mind allow himself to move on by having this dream about him dropping his dad off at the place where he used to work, then driving away. It was only then that color started coming back to his world, his life, and he was back to as normal as he could get. He had moved on.
I recommend this book to any parent whose child has experienced the death of a loved one, be it another parent, a sibling, grandparent, another relative, or even a friend. This book will help you understand how your child feels or, at the very least, enable you to put yourself in your child's shoes as he/she tries to deal with death. Finn knows how a child feels when a loved one dies because he has been there, and he has written his story. Kudos to Kuhlman for crafting such a fine tale of life and death from a little boy's eyes.
I loved this novel and have passed it on to my 10-year-old with the hopes that we can discuss death in a way that he will understand. The Last Invisible Boy is a true testament to the human spirit and the means we go to repair our lives once we experience tragedy. I can not say enough about how good I thought it was. It was thought provoking and brilliant. And if you know of a child in crisis or who is going thru a loss, I would suggest this novel you give them a copy of this novel.