Invisible

Invisible

by Pete Hautman
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Invisible by Pete Hautman

You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend....I guess you could say that I'm not only disturbed, I'm obsessed.

Lots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak — he gets beat up after school and the girl of his dreams calls him a worm. Doug's only refuge is building elaborate model trains in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow. Andy is nothing like Doug: He's a popular football star who could date any girl in school. Despite their differences, Doug and Andy talk about everything — except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back.
As Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own world, long-buried secrets come to light — and the more he tries to keep them invisible, the looser his grip on reality becomes. In this fierce, disturbing novel, Pete Hautman spins a poignant tale about inner demons, and how far one boy will go to control them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689868009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.

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Invisible


By Pete Hautman

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Copyright © 2005 Pete Hautman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0689868006

Chapter One: My Best Friend

There is something about trains. The sound they make. The way they go by, one car after another after another after another. Every car different but somehow the same. And the tracks go on forever, connecting places, connecting people. Wherever you are, you could go to the nearest railroad track right now, and if you followed it long enough, you would find me.

There is another thing to know about trains. They are large and dangerous. They would crush you if they could, but they are confined by those two narrow strips of steel. Trains are like fire. You don't want to get in their way.

My grandfather left me his HO scale model railroad when he passed on. One locomotive, seven cars, and sixteen feet of track. That's another reason I like trains -- they connect me to him, wherever he is. You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend.

A guy like Andy might have more than one best friend. He is so popular that there are at least five kids at school who would probably claim him. But if you asked Andy who was his best friend, he would say, "Dougie Hanson, of course." And that would be me.

I'm a quiet kid, pretty much invisible -- except if you happen to notice me standing next to Andy. We grew up together, Andy and me. Next door, actually. We met at the age of one year and three months. Our birthdays are only seventeen days apart. We are like Velcro, like two poles of a magnet, like peanut butter and jelly, like superglue. We are best friends by every definition. Best friends. Best. Friends.

It doesn't matter to Andy Morrow that I have crooked teeth and poor coordination and wear stupid clothes. It wouldn't matter if I had a nose like a pig and smelled of Limburger cheese. Andy would still say, "Dougie is my best friend."

True, Andy might spend more time with other kids who claim to be his best friend. He might hang with the other football players, and his friends on the student council, and his golfing friends, and his theater friends, but he always comes home at night and opens his bedroom window and calls out across the low picket fence, "Hey, Dougie!"

And if my window is open, and if I'm awake, we talk.

It does not matter that we don't spend as much time together as we used to. I tell Andy all about the new tank car I bought for the Madham Line. I might talk about my mother's latest crossword puzzle, or a book I read about black holes, or a math test I took in school, and Andy would listen. That is what best friends do.

And if Andy wants to talk about the school play he is starring in, or his latest football game, or a girl he met...I'll listen to him, too.

It does not matter to Andy that we live in completely different realities. I'm Andy's best friend. It does not matter to Andy that we hardly ever actually do anything together.

Why should it? We are best friends, me and Andy. Best. Friends.

Copyright © by 2005 Peter Hautman



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CoxJ More than 1 year ago
This book is about a kid named Doug. Doug has a best friend named Andy that he does everything with. Together Doug and Andy get into a lot of trouble. Andy fits in with the popular crowd and Doug doesn't. They are still friends and thats what matters. The book continues on and Doug is getting weirder and weirder. It ends with a chilling discovery. I liked this book a lot and would recommend this to book lovers everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Invisible by Pete Hautman is about a boy named Doug who is a very unpopular boy whose best friend is very popular. He is on the football team and has bunches of friends. Everybody calls Doug a creeper and a worm. They are all just very mean to him. They beat him up and are mean. Despite all of this, Doug's best friend still hangs out with him. He doesn't care if Doug is the biggest loser because they have been best friends for years. At the end of the book, there is a huge twist. I thought this book was alright. Some parts I didn't like very much but other parts were better. This book kind of reminded me of the movie Uninvited. Some parts I felt that people around him were to hard on him, but at the end I realized why his parents were so mean. Throughout the book, the author dropped hints about the ending. Over all, this book was okay. It definitely wouldn't go in my top ten though. CSB! ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was absolutely amazing! I couldn't stop reading it. This book includes problems that most authors would not write about. Douglas can relate to most students. He's a typical geek with typical crushes. The ending was extremely sad but, I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books you can't put down. Invisible was phenomenal and sad at the same time. Pete Hautman put some twists in the book that you would not expect. This book is one that you could reread so many times. I read this book in less than an hour. The surprises you find in the book are interesting and are what makes the book so unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seventeen-year-old Doug Hanson just wants to be alone with his trains. No one understands him except his best friend, Andy. His parents make him see a counselor, which he knows is pointless: Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit. Why? Because I do not need help--it's as simple as that (p. 22). So he doesn't want to make new friends or hang out with the kids at school--does that make him 'troubled?' Of course not. But only Andy seems to understand that and accept him as he is. Hautman draws the reader into the world he creates and holds them captive. One becomes as mesmerized with the model bridge Doug is building as he is after a couple of rounds of counting by seventeens, this reader finds herself giving it a try. As the story unfolds, she begins to wish everyone would just get off Doug's back and let him build his models. Must everyone be popular, after all? INVISIBLE is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy a bit of mystery with their realism, and Hautman is a master of words, only revealing 'why' when the reader is least cognizant that there is even a question waiting to be answered. **Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard
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This is a story of a boy who has a past that has been concealed. Due to this past he has secrets and a friend... but the main message that can be grasped from this read is that friendship is inseverable... not even when death is involved.
JoeMitch More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy that really enjoys bridges. So much in fact that he is making a scale bridge that is a replica of the golden gate bridge. He has like one friend and that friend is a really popular and cool. His friend sticks with him to the end. Dougie has a problem with his mind he goes to therapy and takes medication. I kind of like this book it is a little weird.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
I give this book 4 stars because it was very interesting and I never wanted to put the book down, although the ending of the book left me hanging, considering that it's so short. I still love this book and I wish it was longer! Invisible is about a boy seventeen-year-old Doug who loves trains. In fact, he was a whole city in his basement which has a train that wraps around it! Doug's best friend is Andy, star quarterback on their high school football team, in all sorts of plays, and known by everyone in school. And for Doug, he is the complete opposite. Doug just stays at home all day and works on his trains. The two boys are partners in crime and do everything possible together, Andy even said he will never leave Doug's side. This book is touching and the ending leaves me in chills, it is not what you expected to happen. I would recommend this book to eighth graders and above, it isn't for people younger than that. It's number of pages fools those who actually care to read a couple chapters. For example, there is one part of the book where Doug spies on his crush through the window, which isn't fit for children younger than 13. Another thing that says that it's for 8th graders and above is that it is great to write a page about or do a project on. It explains everything well and is a step by step process of things that happen, and the many chapters also help keeping track of events. This js a great book, I suggest you go in and buy it, my school did!
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suttonm More than 1 year ago
Invisible is about a boy named Doug who seems to be having some emotional problems. His parents have been sending him to a therapist to help him, yet he doesnt quite know why yet. He is a young teenager not like many who enjoys building model trains and cities out of matches and isnt one of the popular kids, unlike his best friend Andy. Doug and Andy have been best friends for quite some time now and they do pretty much everything together although school might be a little different. These two get into a ton of trouble and no matter what others think nothing can split them up. As the book goes along everything starts to fall into place. Doug soon realizes why he has been sent to a therapist, although he also realizes his life is going down hill. I cant tell you too much without giving it away so i will just end it there. I would recommend this book to anyone, honestly this book is fantastic and i think anyone would enjoy it. Out of 5 i would have to give this book a definite 5.
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I really love this book, but there is one scence in the book involving the pretty girl and her "snow" sweater. (People who have read it, probably know what I am talking about) This scence was very awkward for me, mostly because I am female...Overall, a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first read this book, i was stopped dead in my tracks by how good this books ending was.. so unexpected and so raw. I re-read this book three times already and its amazing. Hautman's an amazing writer. This book should seriously be on high school reading lists.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Seventeen-year-old Doug Hanson just wants to be alone with his trains. No one understands him except his best friend, Andy. His parents make him see a counselor, which he knows is pointless: Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit. Why? Because I do not need help--it's as simple as that (p. 22). So he doesn't want to make new friends or hang out with the kids at school--does that make him "troubled?" Of course not. But only Andy seems to understand that and accept him as he is.

Hautman draws the reader into the world he creates and holds them captive. One becomes as mesmerized with the model bridge Doug is building as he is; after a couple of rounds of counting by seventeens, this reader finds herself giving it a try. As the story unfolds, she begins to wish everyone would just get off Doug's back and let him build his models. Must everyone be popular, after all?

INVISIBLE is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy a bit of mystery with their realism, and Hautman is a master of words, only revealing "why" when the reader is least cognizant that there is even a question waiting to be answered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the age of seventeen-years-old, socialization skills was working against Douglas Hanson. For example, the girl that he likes thinks of him as a creep. Additionally, the other students has the same opinion about Douglas. Therefore, the students are intimidated around his presence and has the incentive to physically and emotionally harm or bully Dougie. To Dougie, none of those situations, and feelings towards him matters. He discerns that what is imperative to him is his best friends, Andy Morrow, and his hobby, working on his model railroad. Andy and Dougie converses, particularly during the nights, about anything they could think of, except about the escapade that occured at the Tuttle Place. Invisible, by Pete Hautman, lets readers grasp the message, that sometimes a recreation is an entertainment that can be a distraction to a painful reality that is trying to be made invisible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the book gives a valuable lesson about other peoples talents and even if they're not popular they still have some kind of talents
Guest More than 1 year ago
Invisble was a riveting and powerful story about a loner and his friend Andy. Doug, is 17 years old, and has no friends except for Andy, a popular boy the same age who is involved in theatre, golf, and football. Doug's main fascination comes from trains, or model trains, which his basement is full of. He resorts to hours of tedious work perfecting his small homemade town when he isn't talking to Andy. Soon thoguh, trouble brews at school after Doug is caught spying on a popular girl there, and Andy seems to be around less and less to help him. How bad, or how much worse, anyway can it get for Doug?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a very depressing book but it was awesome and a thrilling experience. Right at the end of the book I was annoyed how they just left me hanging and I want to read more of Pete Hautman's books. To those who are reading this, I am forcing you to read this book. It is AMAZING DUDE!!! 'READ IT NOW'