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Invisible
     

Invisible

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by Cecily Anne Paterson
 

Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken about her dad dying. She’s

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Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken about her dad dying. She’s been drifting and ignoring her over-worried mum for four years now.
When bad girl Shalini and her mates adopt Jazmine, she quickly finds herself involved in more than she can handle. Sitting in disgrace in the principal’s office, Jazmine is offered a choice: help drama teacher Miss Fraser in the upcoming production of The Secret Garden or face a four week suspension.
It’s Miss Fraser who clinches the decision. “I believe in you Jazmine,” she says. “I know you can do this.” And Jazmine, terrified, disbelieving and elated all at the same time, joins the play.
For a while it’s all good. Drama star and chocolate lover Liam is friendly and Jazmine realises that making friends, talking to her mother and feeling her emotions isn’t as scary as she thought. In a final happy twist of fate, acting diva Angela quits the play and with only a week to go, Miss Fraser asks Jazmine to take on the main role of Mary.
But then Shalini returns from her suspension. She’s out for payback, and she has just the ammunition she needs to force Jazmine to quit the play and go back to her old ways.
Will Jazmine be confident enough to stand up for herself against Shalini? Will Liam still like her if he finds out who she really is? And does she have the strength to face the truth about her father’s suicide?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044257535
Publisher:
Cecily Anne Paterson
Publication date:
01/17/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,069,867
File size:
293 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

I'm a young adult/teen writer of realistic fiction all about friendships and relationships. First up, some random facts. I've wanted to be a writer since I was seven years old. (I'm now a lot older than that!) I love cake, especially chocolate cake, and I really hate bananas. My favourite colour is turquoise blue. I wish I'd done ballet or tap dancing and I'd still like to do ballroom lessons one day. I'm not very good at sport. I'm not the worst, but I get all confused when they pass me the ball! I used to have my nose pierced. And no, the snot doesn't come out the hole when you sneeze. More important stuff: I'm married to a guy who has red hair and we have a dog with the same colour fur, but none of our four kids ended up with the red hair. They all started out blonde, just like I did. Actually, they all started out bald, just like I did, and then turned blonde. For the record, we've got two boys and two girls which is kind of what I'd always hoped for. (I made big plans with my 'boyfriend' when I was five. We were going to get married and have two boys and two girls, but all their names were going to begin with R, which certainly hasn't happened!) I was born in Australia but when I was 3 my parents moved our family to Pakistan where we lived until I was 16. We had regular visits back to Australia, but I really only liked it for its TV programs, chocolate and grandparents, none of which we had in Pakistan. I went to a British school for primary and then an international boarding school for most of my high school. I went to school every day with my friends, then went and had dinner with them, and then shared a dorm room at night. It was equal parts amazing fun and horrendous terrible. I know what it feels like to be a bit of an outsider, to have your friends leave, or to have big upheavals in your life. When I came back to Australia with my international, half-American, half-English accent everyone wanted me to "say something - it sounds so cute!" but it just sounded normal to me! (Now I sound like more of a regular Aussie. I tend to adapt.) My aim is to write two books a year for the next ten years.

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Invisible 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a really good book because it teaches that you can stand up to your fears and follow a different road. Just like Jasmine, you can keep trying, and when you're done you have new friends and a whole new (and better) life! --CR-- Btw, please let me know if this was a helpful review! Thanks
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 This was a good read and really made me think about the choices that people make.  I liked Jazmine, even though I was frustrated with her at times.  I lost my dad at 17 after a short illness, so I understand why she wanted to turn off all her feelings and her emotions.  Since she was only 9 when her dad died, and he died suddenly, there would be no time to prepare for the emotions that you would have.  Her mom was dealing with her own demons regarding his death and so was not a strong support for her daughter during this time.  She actually gave her daughter the idea to not share her problems with other people.  It was hard for me to picture the kids in this book being just 12-13 years old.  To me it read more like it was high school kids.  Maybe I am just kidding myself to think that 12 year olds can't be as mean or destructive as Shalini - but having had 2 girls go through middle school already - and only recently hearing some of the bullying that went on - I guess I should pull my head out of the sand. Miss Fraser was great for Jazmine - just giving her the confidence that she needed (which it sounds like she did for all the kids - not just Jazmine).  It was the boost that Jazmine needed at just the right time to start to live again. The play that Jazmine was involved in was The Secret Garden and I loved the way the author compared Jazmine to Mary through out the book.  Jazmine even starts her own garden and through it helps to feel alive again.   As I mentioned, I got frustrated with Jazmine at times, especially after Shalini came back and she wouldn't tell anyone that she was being bullied by her. I get why kids don't tell, because they are not mature enough to see the big picture and only think that by telling that things will get worse for them.  Jazmine even thought that her new friends wouldn't want to have anything to do with her if they find out that she had been a part of Shalini's destructive behavior. So rather than tell them the truth, she tries to keep it all a secret, and in so doing starts to push them away herself. All in all this was a quick read and I would recommend it to any middle grade/high school student who has felt like they were alone, that they didn't fit in, or has been a victim of bullying.  I liked that Jazmine started making choices in the end, even if they terrified her.  She chose to live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book. Don't let the page number fool you like most smashbooks the count is off. I love how a teacher reaches out in her student's time of need. There were moments that made me cry and others where I hoped she'd have a breakthrough. All and all I truly enjoyed it and I think lots of people if they were honest with themselves would be able to relate in one way or another. Highly recommeded
LynetteFerreira More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story and I liked the way she went from being invisible to being visible. It is a nice story for very young teens on how to deal with issues that sometimes seem more than what it really is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a teenager, but, I could totally relate to Jazmine. I think we all have something in our pasts that we keep hidden. Jazmine just didn't know what her secret was. I loved how the author had the characters interact. I could see every scene in my head......better than any movie! Jazmine really came alive on paper. I highly recommend this book - you'll laugh, you'll cry, but you won't be able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book so inspiring! I love the garden. Now i have a garden of my own!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it its so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. intreaging point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Thumbs up to the author :p
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Great fast read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting this book to be so WOW! The characters are relatable, the emotions are real, I almost cried reading it! I was originally interested because Jazmine is deaf. It's suprisingly hard to find books with Deaf protagonists, or even Deaf characters! But I ended up falling in love with this book, and her deafness was only partially why. Gabby was my favorite character, and I found myself relating to her a lot. I loved Laim, he's sooo sweet! I think him knowing sign language was just amazing. The writing was great! I loved this book, and I highly reccomend it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good freeken book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It is such a warming story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts were unrealistic, but the storyline was great and almost too simple to understand. This is more of a children's book, besides the fact her dad committed suicide.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this book is British. You can tell because some of the people in the book talk funny and use different words, like ''canteen'' instead of ''water fountain''. The book is very well written and perfectly captures the feelings of a shy person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a book with my name in it that is spelt correctly and in the elementary there is a teacher named mrs.frasier Have not read the book yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. I would recommend this to any youngster that was having a hard time fitting in at school or just confused about where to go with themselves. Being a preteen, or young teenager can be veryconfusing without havingtramatic events in thier lives. I thought this book covered many issues that youngkids may not feel comfortable talking about with an adult,but they may benefit from reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a wonderful book about second chances and doing what you love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book and had a good plot. Great easy read for the summer.