by Robert Swindells
by Doubleday, 1999
by Shannon Library’s Children’s Book Club
girl in school, Rosie Walk, wastes no time in making friends with
Peter, Charlotte and twins Carrie and Conrad, who form themselves
into a gang called the Inchlake Invisibles. Why Inchlake Invisibles?
Well, Inchlake is the town where this exciting adventure story takes
place, and invisible because it just happens that Rosie, the daughter
of New Age travellers, knows the secret of how to become invisible,
which she shares with her new friends.
The gang uses their new found invisibility to have
various adventures, some good, like punishing the school bully and
some bad, like when Peter overhears his parents arguing about him.
But when Rosie’s Dad becomes the main suspect for a series
of robberies that are taking place in the area, the gang use their
invisibility to try and solve the crimes and clear Rosie’s
Dad. The end of the book sees Rosie captured by the baddies and
her friends, invisible of course, coming to the rescue.
The book club liked how the book got straight into
the story with the secret of invisibility revealed in the first
few pages. Despite the magical parts of the story, the characters
and indeed the whole story was very believable.
The gang members come across as funny, clever and
brave, but the adults of the book, with the exception of Rosie’s
parents, come across as narrow-minded and stupid bullies –
always a welcome thing in a children’s book!
book club gave Invisible! a rating of 9 out of 10.