Hoby Hobson has problems. The neighborhood bully, Hammerhead Jones, is waiting for the perfect chance to clobber him. Hoby's mother is pregnant, and she's been dancing around the house. And, on top of everything else, Hoby's just discovered an invisible boy living in a hammock in his backyard. Zirc Orflandu is from the future, and he's stranded in Hoby's time until he canHoby Hobson has problems. The neighborhood bully, Hammerhead Jones, is waiting for the perfect chance to clobber him. Hoby's mother is pregnant, and she's been dancing around the house. And, on top of everything else, Hoby's just discovered an invisible boy living in a hammock in his backyard. Zirc Orflandu is from the future, and he's stranded in Hoby's time until he can recharge the battery for his space cruiser.When Hammerhead steals Zirc's battery, it looks as though Zirc might be permanently stuck in the past. Will Hoby be able to stand up to Hammerhead once and for all? Or will Hammerhead destroy Zirc's chance to return home forever?...
|Title||:||Quiet! You're Invisible|
|Number of Pages||:||114 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Quiet! You're Invisible Reviews
This may appeal to struggling fifth graders as they relate to being bullied, and thinking how cool it would be to have an invisible friend. The reading level, short length and large font also will help make this accessible to youngsters. Meacham wove in alien words, and neatly allows the reader to understand them. But it is interesting that not only can Zirc speak English but write it as well (what if he had landed during another time, say pre-Columbus?) In the future, will ten-year olds still be using pencil and paper? I enjoyed Hoby’s dog, “yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…” The story leaves us wondering if these things really did happen, or are we to side with his teachers and best friends, who think he’s just under a lot of stress, throw in a potential girlriend, and worry about being able to be a good big brother? I wonder about the event in the copy room. If the copier spewed out so many copies and she had to pick them up, wouldn’t the secretary notice that they were an answer sheet and be very suspicious? I wonder why bullies are portrayed as big and ugly-looking, when in real life, they often do not stand out physically. Perhaps in the mind of the one being bullied, they are large and ugly.
Fifth grader Hoby Hobson is having problems – his mom is pregnant and he’s being tormented by the neighborhood bully. Now he’s helping Zirc Orflandu return to the 31st century. His parents, teachers, and friends are becoming worried about his increasingly odd behavior. Can he avoid getting clobbered by the bully while sending Zirc forward in time? The author uses well developed characters and Zirc’s colorful language help to propel the story along. The added Time Traveler’s Dictionary helps make this a good story for early science fiction fans.
I read the first 25 pages before I checked out. I loved Meacham's Fairy book, but this one I couldn't get into. Maybe because the main character is a boy or because it's trying to be a really-dumbed-down sci-fi book or because I just didn't like the writing in this one? Whatever the case, I unfortunately wasn't impressed. Which is a shame. I wanted to be Margaret Meacham's biggest fan!