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Things the Eye Can't See

Written by Penny Joelson

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Things the Eye Can't See Review

Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Gritty Reads Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Thrillers

Hard-hitting YA thriller in which a visually-impaired heroine searches for a missing boy

“How can a dog and a girl who can’t see solve a crime?” visually-impaired Libby asks herself partway through this pacey novel by the award-winning author of I Have No Secrets. But that’s exactly what Libby sets out to do. Fearing her missing classmate Charlie is in danger, Libby and Kyle make it their mission to find him. As the perilous mystery unfolds, Libby’s story gives valuable insights into living with visual impairment, including the tactless comments and “help” from strangers that hinder her day-to-day life. Her determination is nothing short of inspirational.


The author’s unfussy style makes this novel particularly suitable for reluctant readers - the story is driven by snappy dialogue. The plot moves at pace. Timely insights into county line grooming are delivered in an impactful, easy-to-digest way. To add to the tension, the drama plays out against Libby’s complex family dynamics – an insensitive gran, an over-protective dad, and a high-achieving mum who wants her to be more independent. 


All in all, this is a strong springboard for discussing pertinent issues, and a gripping, romance-tinged thriller to boot.

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Things the Eye Can't See Synopsis

The thrilling new novel from the award-winning author of I Have No Secrets.

Libby is visually impaired but that doesn't stop her being a keen photographer. She loves going out walking with her guide dog, Samson, and taking photos, but her family worry about her - and Libby wishes she could be more independent. The day that the boy gives her a secret note to deliver changes everything. Because soon after, the boy goes missing, and no one - except Libby and her new friend Kyle - thinks there is anything to worry about. Libby knows there's no way her parents would let her get involved. But what if she's the only person who can solve the mystery...? 

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ISBN: 9781405294911
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Electric Monkey an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405294911
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Penny Joelson
Publisher: Electric Monkey an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Gritty Reads, Personal Social Health Economic , Disability / Special Needs, Thrillers
Collections: 30 Books with Positive Images of Disability,

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