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What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

Written by Ross Welford

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

January 2017 Book of the Month  |  In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight |   Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual situations: the star of his prize-shortlisted debut went time travelling, while Ethel, his new central character, unexpectedly becomes invisible, thanks to a mysterious Chinese herbal medicine and a second hand sun bed. Welford properly examines the impact of this invisibility on Ethel and, with one notable exception, the story is low on practical jokes, and high on the terrifying prospect of never being seen again. Ethel has other things to deal with too, including untangling family secrets to discover who she really is. In all this, she’s helped by new friend the irrepressible Boydy, who is determined to turn a spotlight on the situation – literally. Funny, touching and thoroughly original, Welford crafts another absorbing real-life adventure out of an extraordinary set-up. ~ Andrea Reece


What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible Synopsis

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller Time Travelling with a Hamster comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever...

Turning invisible at will: it's one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It's fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she...?

When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again - and solve the mystery of her own birth...

What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review Time Travelling with a Hamster. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Anastasia Abdian, age 11 - 'Time Travelling With a Hamster is a fantastic book. You will laugh and cry as you read about Al Chaudhury's adventure to prevent an accident and save his father. You must read this amazing novel.'
  • Isaac Phelan, age 12 - 'Time travel, presently the most excitable science the world has ever seen. Ross's intriguing novel is almost better than time travelling itself.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed reading Time Travelling with a Hamster as it is a very funny book, which made me laugh out loud.'
  • Jenna Welch, age 11 - 'This book really creates a life-like gripping atmosphere whilst you read it. Welford spins a truly good yarn with brilliant characterisation throughout the book. Great for pet lovers.'
  • Stephanie Chaplin - 'I loved this book because it has action all the way through and it was hard to put the book down.'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'An amazing story which is funny, gripping and has a cute hamster in it – what more could you want from a book? It’s an absolutely brilliant read, I loved it!'
  • Lauren Carver, age 9 - 'Time Travelling with A Hamster is a funny and quite emotional book.  The ending is lovely and cherishing.  I think Ross is very talented and thoughtful.  Best book ever!'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'This book has a rollercoaster of emotions and it ends with a cliff-hanger. I would really like to read a sequel.'
  • Amanda Curtis - 'I really like this book especially Alan shearer and the time machine.'
  • Louie Mee, age 10 - 'I liked this book as it was about travelling in time.'

What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible Press Reviews

Praise for Time Travelling with a Hamster:

'The gripping suspense truly makes time fly... the book's heart and humour are hard to resist. Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild

Extremely clever and totally engaging. The Irish Times

Intelligent, well crafted and impressive. Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

'Touching, silly and exciting by turns, this thrilling little book is an inventive take on time travel for children. Sure to be a hit with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder... an unforgettable, madcap story from a bright new talent in Children's fiction.'  Waterstones

A touching tale of family, grief and love. Daily Express

'With intriguing twists from start to finish, this story is a real roller coaster of emotions. It warmed my heart and filled my head with wonder! A fast, funny and really satisfying read that sparks your imagination.'
Joseph, 10

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ISBN: 9780008156350
Publication date: 29/12/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008156350
Publication date: 29th December 2016
Author: Ross Welford
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love, UKLA 2018

About Ross Welford

Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie and several tropical fish.  Ross Welford's blog -

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