The Invisible Day

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Billie Stoner has no privacy. Her mom watches her like a hawk, and she has to share a room with her nosy little sister. But everything changes the day Billie finds a mysterious cosmetic bag in Central Park. When she puts the makeup on, it makes her disappear! Being invisible is fun for a little while, but can Billie get back to normal before her mother notices she's missing? <P>"The fun of this whimsical, high-spirited novel comes in following Billie's great adventure and tasting her freedom from scrutiny."...
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Overview

Billie Stoner has no privacy. Her mom watches her like a hawk, and she has to share a room with her nosy little sister. But everything changes the day Billie finds a mysterious cosmetic bag in Central Park. When she puts the makeup on, it makes her disappear! Being invisible is fun for a little while, but can Billie get back to normal before her mother notices she's missing? <P>"The fun of this whimsical, high-spirited novel comes in following Billie's great adventure and tasting her freedom from scrutiny." --<i>Publishers Weekly</i><P>* A Puffin Novel<br>* Black-and-white illustrations<br>* 144 pages<br>* Ages 8-12

Ten-year-old Billie finds a bag of makeup in Central Park whose contents render her invisible.

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Children's Literature - Ru Story-Huffman
This book by a first time novelist is a humorous story about Billie Stoner. Billie is in fifth grade, lives in New York City, and feels smothered by her mother and her sister, and craves privacy. When Billie discovers a bag full of makeup, little does she realize that she has everything she needs-the makeup will make her disappear. Billie becomes the "Invisible Girl" and has funny adventures while she looks for an antidote. Designed primarily for upper-elementary school children, girls especially will enjoy this book-and boys will too! Billie's funny adventures, the magic of the writing, and the cute illustrations make this a well-rounded and enjoyable book.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Fifth-grader Billie Stoner longs for more freedom. Her days and nights are carefully monitored by her mother, and shared with her younger sister since New York City is a place of "countless dangers." While on a family excursion to Central Park, Billie discovers a mysterious cosmetics bag that she quietly secrets away. At school the next day, she samples one of the powders in it and becomes invisible. Her ability to move through her school and throughout the city unseen proves to be both humorous and challenging. Not only must she outsmart her teacher, but also her mother, who is the school librarian. With the help of her friend Hubert, Billie travels uptown to the home of an eccentric teenage scientist, Jody, the owner of the cosmetics bag and the only one who can help Billie regain visibility. The story has a predictable plot, but children will find it intriguing. The girl learns some lessons in her travels, and comes to appreciate and miss her family. Some characterization is rather shallow. Still, the story keeps a good, fresh pace, and the ending is neatly tied up with a bowthe class bully's attempts at plagiarism are thwarted, Billie becomes visible, and she finally gains some freedom from her mother. Her first-person narrative gives the book a chatty, comfortable tone. Children will readily identify with Billie's thoughts, motives, actions, and language.Lucy Rafael, The Center for Early Education, West Hollywood, CA
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“A surefire crowd-pleaser.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141306414
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is a talented and versatile author and artist. She has written two novels for middle readers, The Invisible Day and The Invisible Harry, and a novel for young adults, Earthly Astonishments. She also wrote and illustrated Hannah and the Seven Dresses and Hannahs Collection. Marthe Jocelyn and her family divide their time between New York City and Stratford, Ontario.

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