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How to be Invisible

Written by Tim Lott

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LoveReading View on How to be Invisible

Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category  - June 2013 Book of the Month     This cleverly constructed story is about 13 year old Strato who suddenly finds that he can become invisible. Recently moved to a new school where he stands out for knowing more about particle physics than the teacher and for being the only black boy in the school,  Strato finds he is even more of an outsider when he finds a mysterious book and learns how to be invisible. Now, without being seen, Strato can find out about everything that is going on around him. And most of it is very surprising!

reader reviews In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for How to be Invisible a small number of our readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Beautifully written, readers instantly fall in love with Strato and will struggle to put the book down after reading just the first page. Not only is this book full of adventure and more sentimental moments, but is full of new and interesting facts...'.


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See below for the entire shortlist.


How to be Invisible Synopsis

It was the 13th of September, 13 days after my 13th birthday, when I first learned how to be invisible. Strato Nyman couldn't be more of an odd-one-out. He's the only black kid in Hedgecombe-upon-Dray, he knows more about particle physics than his teacher, and he's constantly picked on by school bully Lloyd Archibald Turnbull. It's only at home that he blends in to the background - his parents are too busy arguing to notice he exists. But one day, Strato picks up a dusty old book in a mysterious bookshop and learns how to become invisible. He soon discovers that people aren't always what they seem...and realizes standing out isn't so bad after all.

A fearless, witty and constantly surprising novel told by a truly unique protagonist. It deals with the issues surrounding bullying, self-esteem, racism and divorce.

------------------------- p>Leeds Book Awards 2014

9-11 Shortlist

The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley

The Great Ice-cream Heist by Elen Caldecott

Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand

Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill

The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

11-14 Shortlist

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

How to be Invisible by Tim Lott

The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss

Blood Tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

14-16 Shortlist

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Siege by Sarah Mussi

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Quietness by Alison Rattle

How to be Invisible Press Reviews

Rebecca Thurston, age 15  This book is extraordinary and if you enjoy science, mystery and magic you will be hooked.  Click here to read the full review...

Hannah Blundell, aged 11  Extraordinary, fantastic and mystical... so intriguing I fell in love with it from the first page.  Click here to read the full review...

Mia Crook, age 11  an unusual book which made it irresistible and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Right from the start I knew I was going to enjoy it.  Click here to read the full review...

Adam Graham, age 10  It’s probably a book that if I had to vote for a best book of 2013, crazily well written and a really amazing  story, but it just makes you feel as if you were in the book because you feel everything.  Click here to read the full review...

James Goodall, age 9  I liked this book because it was all about science and finding friends. It really helped me to understand about molecules and all the things that put science together. This story is half science and half science-fiction.  Click here to read the full review...

Sam Harper, age 9  The story contains magic and excitement and a little bit of science too!  Click here to read the full review...

Aimee Sweet, age 11  This book is amazing; it has just the right amount of everything including friendship, action, fantasy and most of all a tremendous amount of imagination.  Click here to read the full review...

Safiyah Afghan  Beautifully written, readers instantly fall in love with Strato and will struggle to put the book down after reading just the first page. Not only is this book full of adventure and more sentimental moments, but is full of new and interesting facts. Click here to read the full review...

Lucy Minton, age 9  I think this book is an absolute work of genius.  Its unusual plot twists and turns so much I never knew what was going to happen next which made it very exciting. Click here to read the full review...

Praise for Fearless 

A new and exciting voice in children's literature -  The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406324235
Publication date: 04/04/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406324235
Publication date: 4th April 2013
Author: Tim Lott
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Tim Lott

As an adult Tim Lott was born in 1956 in Southall, Middlesex, England and studied Politics and History at the London School of Economics. As well as journalism, he has worked in publishing and broadcasting, and was editor of the London listings magazine City Limits.Tim has four daughters and lives in London. As a writer The Scent of Dried Roses, a moving account of his mother's depression and eventual suicide, won the J. R. Ackerley Prize. His first novel, White City Blue, a vivid and comic contemporary portrait of a group of young male friends, won the Whitbread First Novel ...

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