The Amanda Project: Invisible I

The Amanda Project: Invisible I

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by Amanda Valentino, Melissa Kantor
     
 

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Mysterious, charismatic, and one of a kind—the only way to find Amanda is to think like Amanda.

When enigmatic freshman Amanda Valentino arrived at Endeavor High, she chose three people—Callie, Hal, and Nia—to guide her through the choppy waters of her new school. Except she didn't tell them about each other. When

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Mysterious, charismatic, and one of a kind—the only way to find Amanda is to think like Amanda.

When enigmatic freshman Amanda Valentino arrived at Endeavor High, she chose three people—Callie, Hal, and Nia—to guide her through the choppy waters of her new school. Except she didn't tell them about each other. When Amanda leaves, the three must reluctantly work together to figure out why. But once they start piecing together the cryptic clues that Amanda herself is leaving for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew about her is false. The more they dig, the mystery of where—and who—Amanda is deepens.

Editorial Reviews

E. Lockhart
“Forget sleeping. Once you begin exploring Amanda’s disappearance, you’ll be sucked in and won’t want to do anything but read. Amazing fun.”
The Horn Book
“An entertainingly intricate mystery, enticingly structured with submysteries and textured with emotional tension. Amanda is a tantalizingly enigmatic figure. There’s just enough resolved here to satisfy, and plenty of questions left to keep readers anxiously awaiting the release of the series’ next title.”
Justine Magazine
“An amazingly creative interactive mystery that will draw you in from page one. Secrets, lies, cryptic notes, confusing clues, tattoos and missing persons all contribute to the drama swirling around Amanda as you turn each page. Get addicted to the enigma that is Amanda.”
Children's Literature - Kirsten Shaw
On the outside freshman Calli Leary seems to have it all as part of the most popular clique in high school. The I-Girls are quintessential mean girls that love gossiping and making other people's lives hell. What Calli isn't telling her friends is that her mother disappeared months ago and her unemployed father has taken to drinking himself into forgetting every night, leaving Calli to take care of herself. Calli is also hiding a secret friendship with the mysterious Amanda Valentino, but Amanda is hiding secrets too. When Amanda disappears Calli learns that their secret friendship was not exclusive. She was also friends with Hal and Nia—two social outcasts at Endeavor High. When Amanda leaves the first clue after her disappearance they are shocked and hurt to learn about each other, but realize that Amanda is forcing them to work together to find the next clue. Calli resists the idea at first, knowing that working with them will put her in social exile, but she can't ignore the way Amanda captivated her and risks her social status to find her friend. As the trio follows the clues they grow closer not only to Amanda's whereabouts, but also to each other leading to a confrontation that puts the I-Girls in their place. Kantor has taken the typical mean girl story and given it a mysterious twist. Readers will empathize with Calli as she struggles internally with her love and admiration for Amanda and her loyalty to the I-Girls. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers craving for more. Includes a QR code leading to more clues and allowing the reader to join in the hunt for Amanda as well as a sneak peek at the next book in "The Amanda Project" series, Revealed. Reviewer: Kirsten Shaw
Publishers Weekly
There are far too many scintillating, hand-clenching facets to this carefully crafted whodunit to count. Doors are purposefully left open and clues expertly planted (in the book's text, artwork—even the endpapers—and on a dedicated Web site readers can explore), all of which will compel readers to pick up the subsequent books in the interactive Amanda Project series. (The books, all appearing under the name Stella Lennon, will be written by various authors, with Melissa Kantor [Girlfriend Material] kicking things off.) In the opener, three unlikely allies—narrator Callie, a member of the exclusive “I-Girls” clique; Nia, the “biggest freak in the ninth grade”–cum–hidden beauty; and Hal, an “uber-cool” artist—are brought together as they attempt to find 15-year-old Amanda, who has disappeared. The story unfolds at just the right pace to build curiosity, but not overwhelm with unanswered questions (Why did Amanda tell Callie, Nia and Hal three separate stories about her past? What's up with the animal totems she gives them?). If there's too much high school social politics at points, the catty backstabbing is unlikely to distract most readers from the mind-bending mystery shrouding Amanda's whereabouts. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Paula Brehm-Heeger
Amanda Valentino is missing. What could popular Callie, newest member of the "i-girl" clique who rules the school, possibly know about the disappearance of someone as odd as Amanda? As it turns out, Callie knows quite a lot. Torn between her desire to unravel the mystery surrounding Amanda's disappearance and her need avoid associating with outsiders in order to maintain her new incrowd status, Callie covertly meets with lessthan- cool classmates Nia and Hal, who are equally interested in Amanda's whereabouts for their own reasons. Although the trail of cryptic clues left by Amanda does little to help the trio locate their missing friend, it leads Callie to confront a horrible, possibly life-destroying secret that she has been keeping for months. Is Amanda's disappearance and her friends' discovery that Amanda had lied to them about her background just her way of forcing Callie to face the truth or is Amanda mixed up in something much deeper and more dangerous than any of them could imagine? Told in alternating real-time and flashback sequences, this story is loaded with more plot twists and drama than any high schooler should have to handle. It is a genuine mystery involving one strange clue followed by another with enough suspense woven into the tale to keep the reader engaged. Lennon is clearly setting up a series, making the story long on background and explanation and sometimes short on action, but the characters are appealing. And you cannot help but leave this first installment with a strong need to find out just who is Amanda Valentino and what has happened to her? A Web site that is linked to the series, The Amanda Project, invites readers to become part of the search for forthe missing teen (http://www.amandaproject. com). Reviewer: Paula Brehm-Heeger
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Freshman Callie Leary wishes that her mother hadn't mysteriously disappeared, that her family still had money, and that her father wasn't drinking. So far she has kept the state of her family a secret, but it's becoming more difficult. Then one morning Callie is called to the vice principal's office with two other students, Hal and Nia. It seems that their classmate, Amanda Valentino, painted the vice principal's car with graffiti, left clues on their lockers, and then disappeared. Unsure of the connection between Amanda and themselves, they decide to follow the clues and solve her disappearance. But as they dig deeper, they find that Amanda wasn't exactly truthful about her life and finding her will not be easy. Billed as the first in a series of eight, this is a satisfying mystery with a few minor flaws. Callie is likable, and her emotions are genuine as she stumbles to find her way after her family falls apart. However, her realization that her friends are shallow and that she prefers spending time with Hal and Nia is too predictable. But, it's the many subplots and unanswered questions that will either leave readers annoyed or wanting more. Those who can put aside these minor irritations will find the book a page-turner, and with a Web site tie-in, it should prove pretty popular.—Kelley Siegrist, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. When Amanda disappears, however, Callie learns that Amanda was a friend to two estranged classmates, Nia and Hal, both of whom believe completely different things about her, and the three work together to discover what's happened. This illustrated series opener invites readers to interact with the text and solve the mystery along with Callie, while the related website, amandaproject.com, provides subtle and not-so-subtle encouragement for readers to spend time and money with its business partners (one quiz reveals what stores participants might be, among other things). The author-Melissa Kantor, one of several writers using the Stella Lennon nom de plume-works in some side plots about Callie's missing mother and a terrible secret concerning a disfigured classmate. The ending has no resolutions for any of the story lines, which bodes well for the series but not for frustrated readers who have sat through 300 pages to get there-but they can play at the website, right? A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061742132
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Amanda Project Series, #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,140,964
Product dimensions:
14.94(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

E. Lockhart
“Forget sleeping. Once you begin exploring Amanda’s disappearance, you’ll be sucked in and won’t want to do anything but read. Amazing fun.”

Meet the Author

Melissa Kantor is the author of Maybe One Day; Confessions of a Not It Girl, an ALA Booklist Best Romance Novel for Youth; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, a YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick; The Breakup Bible, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee; Girlfriend Material, a Junior Library Guild selection; and The Darlings Are Forever and The Darlings in Love, a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

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The Amanda Project: Invisible I 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Isnt this on wattpad???? I read it there..... ps it is very very good
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Good book, but not as good as Maximum Ride series or The Hunger Games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read part of this on wattpad it was really good there i hope this is as good
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Eric Rickert More than 1 year ago
Now I really want see the mystery solved. I already preordered part 2.
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EKinight More than 1 year ago
Really cool story line, leaves you wanting to find out more about the main character and what happened to her and her family.