Things That Are

Things That Are

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by Andrew Clements
     
 

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Alicia may be blind, but that doesn't mean she can't see what's happening right in front of her eyes. Like how her parents try to give her freedom. Or how Bobby-now Robert-has returned to figure out their relationship. Or even the invisible man, William, and just how dangerous he is to Alicia, to Robert, to their whole family-or so the police say. Or is Alicia

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Alicia may be blind, but that doesn't mean she can't see what's happening right in front of her eyes. Like how her parents try to give her freedom. Or how Bobby-now Robert-has returned to figure out their relationship. Or even the invisible man, William, and just how dangerous he is to Alicia, to Robert, to their whole family-or so the police say. Or is Alicia wrong this time? If her normally sharp instincts are wrong, the results could be disastrous.

From award-winning author Andrew Clements, here is a novel full of adventure, romance, and mystery, which at its heart is about trusting-even things we know but cannot see.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Florence H. Munat
Two years ago, Bobby became invisible, and Alicia, who is blind, aided him. His trust helped her accept the reality of her blindness. Now in Clements third novel about the two, as she hopes their relationship will deepen, the invisibility issue threatens them again. An Englishman named William approaches Alicia at the university library and tells her that the FBI is following Bobby. Alicia does not realize that William is invisible and looking for Bobby to discover how to change back. Bobby deeply distrusts William. But Alicia, who is not distracted by sight, hears desperation and fear in William's voice. Their uncertainty about William's motives heightens suspense. Hanging over everything is the knowledge that if a government or terrorist group knew about invisibility technology, they would at best disrupt the lives of Bobby and Alicia-and at worst put them in terrible danger. The fathers of both teens are physicists, who explain some basic principles of electrical energy fields, cloaking technology, and the possibility of an invisibility process. Told in Alicia's wise-beyond-her-years, credible voice, the story's tension begins on page one when she overhears a cell phone argument between Bobby and William, and it mounts as complications arise. In order to accept the dangerous situation in which they find themselves, Alicia reminds herself how she deals with blindness: She faces reality (the "Things That Are"), deals with it, and moves forward. Every day she makes a decision not to be blind, which is different from being unable to see. Her attitude leads her through the darkness, literally and metaphorically. Reviewer: Florence H. Munat
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Alicia, blind for the past four years, prides herself on dealing "with things as they are," even things as bizarre as an invisible boy, Bobby, whom she met in Things Not Seen and helped to turn visible again. In the sequel, Things Hoped For, Bobby goes to New York City to audition for music school, and he encounters an invisible man. In Things That Are, this scared, desperate man follows Bobby back to Chicago, finds Alicia, and begs her for help in becoming visible again. But can Bobby and Alicia trust him, and also keep the dangerous secret of invisibility safe from the FBI? Invisibility has worrying military applications, and in addition Bobby doesn't want to become the subject of scientific experiments. As Alicia and Bobby wrestle with these issues, their relationship turns romantic, and fans of Clements's earlier books about Bobby will certainly want to read this latest intriguing entry, with its theme of trust in what can't be seen. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

Alicia's best friend, Bobby, has gone to New York to scout out colleges, and she realizes that sooner or later she is going to have to tell him that she wants more than just friendship. As she faces the possibility that he is leaving her behind, and is still dealing with her blindness, a new problem crops up. At one point Bobby became invisible, and now there is another invisible person named William stalking him. He follows Bobby home, FBI agents are dropping by, and Alicia wonders just what's going on. Does William just want to return to normal? Is the FBI trying to steal the technology to turn people invisible? Or is William the real threat? Alicia's internal monologues are long, repetitive, and stilted. The plot gathers steam near the end, but Alicia's constant angst over Bobby detracts from it. Their relationship does not seem to have grown any deeper at the end of the book other than the fact that they have kissed. The language and writing seem a little too simple for the YA crowd, but fans of Things Not Seen (2002) and Things Hoped For (2006, both Philomel) might enjoy this installment in the series.-Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
Clements's second sequel to the excellent Things Not Seen (2002) is even more disappointing than the first, Things Hoped For (2005). Diluting a thimbleful of plot with a gallon of hand-wringing analysis, he charts repeated encounters between blind Alicia, who narrates, and the invisible William, an ambiguous figure from the previous episode who has followed Alicia's formerly invisible heartthrob Bobby back to Chicago with a warning that their mutual secret is in danger of coming out. Having described how she gets around with her seeing-eye dog, fretted at length about whether Bobby is drawn as strongly to her as she is to him and wondered whether William has a secret agenda, Alicia whips out her magic decloaking device. Restored to visibility, William steals away in the night as Alicia and Bobby snuggle down for a first deep kiss-followed, unsurprisingly, by Alicia's rhapsodic meditation on same. An author usually good for clever premises and smart, likable characters has gone from talespinner to wheel spinner here. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399246913
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/18/2008
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
601,243
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements lives in Massachusetts.

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Things That Are 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all three books in this series. There are specific things that I like in each book that just make them great books. In Things That Are, I especially liked to hear Alicia's point of view, and how it all went down with William. These books are very intriguing and fascinating, and I definitely recommend them to other middle-schoolers! They do not disappoint, Andrew Clements is one of my favorite authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic romance!!;)
Dominic Cascio More than 1 year ago
These books are awesome but the ends leave me hanginng... I suggest reading the series in order also. They make more sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
in myopinion, this book was better than the firzt just because there was a little more romantic scenes between the main characters. although, if u dont like romance, i dont think u will like it much because the main problem in the story was quite boring in my opinion.
ANNE FORTE More than 1 year ago
best book in the world next to Things Not Seen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, there are more books that go with this story. (I put under "I Also Recommend") The writing was done to perfection, which kept the reader allured through out the whole entire book. Over all, I recommend this a great book for day time reading.
bookworm13SD More than 1 year ago
THINGS THAT ARE. WOW this is one of the greatest books Andrew Clements has ever writen. This is a continuation of things hoped for, and the narorator is actually Alicia. I love the way Clements describes Alicia's feeling's about bobby,and heself. I couldn't put this book down. I was up til 1:00 in the morning finishing this book. So you must get this book. you MUST you wont regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u sid it was awesome why did u rate it 1 star
MikeyCO More than 1 year ago
This book was so far my favorite in the whole series!
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Is it worth 13.99
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series ever. :)
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It was an action book that might give you the spooks but has a great ending
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Absoulotley LOVE it. Totally worth every penny!! Trust me!
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Reading it in 5th grade it is so good
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