Jessica Jenkins has always been a perfectly ordinary girl--until one day part of her arm vanishes in the middle of geography class Jessica's friends Izzy and Tom are determined to help her develop her newfound invisibility, though Jessica is more concerned with discovering where the ability came from. Read more...
Jessica Jenkins has always been a perfectly ordinary girl--until one day part of her arm vanishes in the middle of geography class Jessica's friends Izzy and Tom are determined to help her develop her newfound invisibility, though Jessica is more concerned with discovering where the ability came from. When it becomes apparent that there may be other kids developing strange powers of their own, Jessica marshals them into a slapdash band of -slightly superheroes.- But when an unscrupulous adult discovers the origin of their powers and kidnaps one of the team, the rest must put their heads--and all of their skills--together to avert disaster.
- ISBN-13: 9780763670603
- ISBN-10: 076367060X
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 288
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Kessler (the Emily Windsnap books) returns to familiar themes of uncovering hidden secrets and the value of friendship. Geography class is dragging on when 13-year-old Jessica Jenkins is called out for nodding off. But what she didn’t notice—and her best friend Izzy did—is that part of Jessica’s arm disappeared while she was snoozing. Thus begins a tale that’s part mystery, part science experiment, and a big leap of faith. Through trial, error, and coincidence, Jessica and Izzy learn that Jessica can make herself invisible, thanks to a rose quartz necklace given to her by a family friend, the midwife who helped deliver her. The plot becomes even more labyrinthine as circumstances reveal that a secret serum reacting with various crystals has imbued other kids with powers like levitation and mind-reading. Though the suggestion of supernatural or magical elements intrigues, the strained explanations Kessler uses to ground her story slow her storytelling and diminish the book’s lightness of tone. A somewhat ambiguous conclusion hints at potential additional adventures for this newly formed group of friends/superheroes. Ages 8–12. Agent: Catherine Clarke, Felicity Brian Literary Agency. (Feb.)