say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me was to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

This week I’m reaching way back in my memory.  This book is one of my all time favorite science fiction books.  I also like it because it is so different from the other books the author has written.  This week’s selection is:

THINGS NOT SEEN

by Andrew Clements

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I go down the hall to the stairs, and I stop.  I’m scared of the stairs.  Normally, I have good eye-hand coordination. I don’t dork out, don’t drop my tray in the cafeteria, trip on the stairs, nothing like that.  But there’s a problem this morning: no hands, no arms, no legs, no feet.  I feel them, but I can’t see them.  I hang on to the banister and feel my way down like a three-year-old. (p. 2)

“Tell me the big secret.  Tell me how come you’re not some shirtless creep.” She’s gripping her white cane with both hands, ready to use it like a samurai sword.
     “Simple.  Because I’m not just shirtless.  I’m also pantsless and boxerless and sockless and shoeless.  I’m not wearing any clothes at all.  You wanted the truth, and I swear to God that’s what I’m telling you.  And if I’m telling you the truth – that I’m naked – then how come there’s not a huge crowd standing around us right this minute? How come?” (p. 88)

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Book Description:

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can’t see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming-Bobby is just plaininvisible. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby’s new condition; even his dad the physicist can’t figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He’s a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She’s blind, and Bobby can’t resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again-before it’s too late.

There are two books that follow THINGS NOT SEEN.  They are THINGS HOPED FOR and THINGS THAT ARE.

Have you found any great passages this week?  If so, click on the Mr. Linky below to share them with us.

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