What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
This is such an awesome book, that I kept selling my copy before I could read it! Having spent many years relieving in Intermediates, I totally buy these characters as real 12/13 year-olds; not kids any more, independent but definitely not teenagers, this can be a hard age to write, to write for and to be. And definitely a difficult age to find books for.
Twelve year-old Ethel Leatherhead (known as 'pizza-face') is covered in acne - not just a few spots but pustules all over her face, neck, back...all the way down to her legs. Her old friends have found new friends, and the only person who wants to know her is Elliot "Smelliot" Boyd who is possibly more unpopular than she is. In a last-ditch attempt to cure herself, Ethel combines 'Dr Chang his-skin-so-clear' herbal treatment with a dodgy sunbed she got for free and ends up invisible.
Being invisible is not quite as much fun as you might imagine (although still often hilarious to read) and Welford shows the real consequences of this happening to a real girl, in a real town in the north of England. Ethel's strong voice and matter-of-fact way of describing her situation and her plans are both laugh-out-loud funny and extremely relatable as she deals with bullies, finds lost dogs and lost parents, and discovers new friends - and herself.
Invisibility here is not so much about not being seen as not being able to see yourself. This is a book about finding out who you are by losing who you are - quite literally.
Perfect for anyone hitting puberty (regardless of age) but suitable for 10+
From the author of Time Travelling with a Hamster
From the author of the unforgettable bestseller TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever...Turning invisible at will: it's one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 12 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It's fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she...? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again - and solve the mystery of her own birth...
Praise for TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER: 'The gripping suspense truly makes time fly... the book's heart and humour are hard to resist.' Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild "Extremely clever and totally engaging." The Irish Times "Intelligent, well crafted and impressive." Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times 'Touching, silly and exciting by turns, this thrilling little book is an inventive take on time travel for children. Sure to be a hit with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder... an unforgettable, madcap story from a bright new talent in Children's fiction.' Waterstones "A touching tale of family, grief and love." Daily Express 'With intriguing twists from start to finish, this story is a real roller coaster of emotions. It warmed my heart and filled my head with wonder! A fast, funny and really satisfying read that sparks your imagination.' Joseph, 10
Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie and several tropical fish.