The Last Invisible Boy

Overview

MY NAME IS FINN GARRETT AND THIS IS MY STORY.

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.

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Overview

MY NAME IS FINN GARRETT AND THIS IS MY STORY.

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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 illustrated novel, reminiscent in style of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is sure to have huge appeal.” -SLJ, *STAR

* “Precise in his metaphors and his characterizations, Kuhlman delivers a study in coping with loss that middle-schoolers will want to absorb and empathize with.” -Publishers Weekly, *STAR

Publishers Weekly

Were Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid to be suddenly bereaved, his next diary might approximate this painful but often funny novel, written by the author of the adult work Wolf Boy and illustrated by a debut graphic artist. Keeping a notebook, 12-year-old Finn Garrett explains in an early entry that a few months before, "a giant eraser fell from the sky and flattened me.... It's been erasing me from the world ever since." His father has died unexpectedly (in circumstances described only near the end), and Finn's black hair and pink complexion are gradually turning white (Coovert's cartoon shows a gray Finn looking into a mirror and seeing a vampire reflected back). As Finn remembers perfect moments with his father, avoids school as long as possible and compares his mother's and paternal grandfather's attitudes about death, he is made to see his pediatrician as well as a kindly school psychologist, who have their own theories about the "whiteness thing." Precise in his metaphors and his characterizations, Kuhlman delivers a study in coping with loss that middle-schoolers will want to absorb and empathize with. Ages 10-14. (Nov.)

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Children's Literature - Melissa Zanot
If you or any of your students have read the book by Sherman Alexie titled The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, you have seen how powerful illustrations can be when telling the story of a young boy. Finn believes that after the death his father he is turning invisible. Finn's hair turns white, his skin grows paler, and people begin to notice the changes. Finn worries that he might be really turning invisible so he sits down to start writing and illustrating his life story. The book talks about his friends, family and the death of his father. The book does an excellent job of showing how an unexpected death can upset the routine of a family. The illustrations are well done and clearly show what Finn has a hard time telling. These illustrations allow Finn a chance to demonstrate his feelings, which are difficult for him to express. Kuhlman offers readers an opportunity to see and read the story of a boy who might remind them of themselves. Reviewer: Melissa Zanot
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7

This illustrated novel, reminiscent in style of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007), is sure to have huge appeal. Finn Garrett tells the tender yet humorous story of how he begins to disappear following his beloved dad's sudden death. The 12-year-old awakens the morning after the day when everything changes to find a strand of white hair and less "pinkness" to his skin. Each day he grows whiter and less visible. He begins to write a memoir, which is really an account of his and his family's grief over their devastating loss. While poignant and sad, the book is ultimately upbeat as they begin to heal. At times Finn feels he is being erased because he failed to save his dad. At other times he wonders if he is aging in order to get closer to him. He recounts memory after memory, ultimately realizing the importance of them, and of being the keeper of his father's stories. Finn sees a therapist, and eventually he, his mother, his grandpa, his little brother, and his friend Melanie move beyond their initial pain. Finn's invisibility reverses itself and he becomes a boy who has managed to hold on to the world. The book's engaging, intimate tone is enhanced by Finn frequently addressing readers. Stop signs placed at points when he is overwhelmed with feeling add to the tenderness. The language and style are pitch-perfect middle school, and the illustrations ably capture the boy's memories and moods.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

Kirkus Reviews

Grief-stricken after the sudden death of his father, Finn starts turning invisible in this magical-realism tale of recovery. Finn's story starts in media res, his father dead and his invisibility far progressed, with his skin the color of paper and his formerly brown hair whitening. When he returns to school sometime after the death, the bullying jeers about his freakish new coloring are his only distraction from the awkward attempts at sympathy from teachers and friends. Through a series of brief vignettes illustrated by Finn's own cartoons, he recalls his picture-perfect relationship with his father, from games of midnight baseball to father-son motorcycle rides. It takes time for Finn to recognize the grief of others—his mother, his grandfather—and to start on the path to recovery along with his mother and kid brother. Finn's poignant story is a quietly believable tale of one family's journey through grief. Coovert's cartoons add a nice touch of bittersweet humor. (Fiction. 10-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416957973
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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.

Evan Kuhlman is the author of Brother from a Box, the critically acclaimed The Last Invisible Boy, Great Ball of Light, and the highly lauded novel for adults Wolf Boy. He lives in Ohio. Visit him at EvanKuhlman.com.

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    Posted May 16, 2009

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    This was an amazing book! From a 9 year old boy.

    The chapters are sometimes happy,funny or sad. It was an enjoyable book. I was upset when I was done reading it because I liked this book so much! A good book for about 8-12 year old (not 12 and up!)

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