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  1. Wonders of the Invisible World
    Wonders of the Invisible World
    Wonders of the Invisible World
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  2. Wonders of the Invisible World

    [0385392796]
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    Customer Ratings (14 reviews)
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The captivating Stonewall Honor-winning novel of love, family, and ghosts of the past

Aidan Lockwood lives in a sleepy farming town, day after unremarkable day. But when Jarrod, his former best friend, suddenly moves back home, Aidan begins to see clearly for the first time—not only to feelings that go beyond mere friendship, but to a world that is haunted by the stories of his past. Visions from this invisible world come to him unbidden: a great-grandfather on the field of battle; his own father, stumbling upon an unspeakable tragedy; and a mysterious young boy, whose whispered words may be at the heart of the curse that holds Aidan’s family in its grip.
            Now, Aidan must find his way between the past and the present to protect those he loves, and to keep the invisible world at bay.
 

Stonewall Honor Winner

★ “The unpredictability of curses, magic, and love are inexorably entwined in this gracefully written story.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
 
“The complexity of the pairing of real and the unreal . . . is striking, and rather haunting.” —Tor.com
 
“A wonder itself—a coming-of-age, coming-out, and crossing-into-the-mystic novel all rolled into one.” —Tom McNeal, National Book Award finalist for Far Far Away 

“Brilliant storytelling that unearths new intersections of love and magic.” —Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Uglies and Zeroes

“If you don’t want a book with magic, mystery, lying parents, ancient curses, and true, true love (plus wonderful writing), then I’m not sure I care to know you. But if you do, then Wonders of the Invisible World is the book you’ve been waiting for.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
 

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Christopher Barzak
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Barzak, Christopher
EAN
9780385392792
ISBN
0385392796
Label
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Manufacturer
Knopf Books for Young Readers
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
352
PublicationDate
2015-09-08
Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ReleaseDate
2015-09-08
Studio
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

There aren't many YA writers out there who can, at the same time, craft a coming of age tale with believable characters and a deep, slow current of emotional struggle and still have a romance that leaves you with a sweet ache--and a mystery to keep you reading.

John Green does that well in my humble opinion. But as much as I'm a Green Fangirl, it's Christopher Barzak (like One for Sorrow as well as here) who does all the above using the context of a layer of magical realism or the fantastic to slice open the human heart a little wider for us lucky readers to delve into. And that's what I love-- using the fantastic to cast light on our everyday humanity.

Aidan Lockwood is invisible--not that people can't see him as he trudges along in High School and then trudges home to do his farm-chores--but that no one seems to think much about him and he doesn't seem to have much affect on the world around him.

But then one day, a new boy comes to his small, Ohio,... Read more
A high school senior struggles with the discovery that he's somewhat of a medium, and the mystery of how this may affect the well being of himself and his family. I found the story to be fast paced and I was just as eager to find out what was really going on as the main character. There's lots to wonder about love, homosexuality, fear, loyalty, and strength
When I settle in to read a book, I want to be taken away and entertained. I want to enjoy the language and rhythm. But most of all I want to feel the story well after I have closed the book. And this book had all of what I look for: This story continues to return to my mind often, as it brought up interesting ideas about our place in the interwoven supernatural and natural worlds, the legacy of sin, love, and the dynamic between mother and son. Wonders of the Invisible World is an intricate, many-layered tale told in well-crafted, plainspoken language about a boy on the cusp of manhood in search of the real story of his family, which turns out to be a story of long-rooted and gnarled sins that bind Aiden Lockwood’s family together more than the blood they share. As Aiden falls into the haunted center of the blackened apple tree in his family’s dead orchard, I thought about my own haunted journey of self-knowledge, and how that journey spins you through unexpected... Read more
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