Sixth-grader recommends magical book for early teens

Sixth grader Marley Weaver-Gabel, 12, is an avid reader who also is an excellent student.

When he was 3 1/2 years old, Marley came to Pagosa Springs from Golden with his parents because they wanted to get away from the city. His mother fell in love with the hot springs and his father the mountains, so Pagosa has been their home ever since. Now, a younger brother, a dog and a cat named Olive have been added to the family.

Marley has fond memories of the several houses where he has lived in Pagosa. For example, he remembers one home where he loved to play in front of big mirrors in his parents’ bedroom. In another, he had his own bathroom and a balcony. He also remembers a special Thanksgiving dinner when he was four because his grandmother visited and made apple pie, and his sixth birthday which he celebrated on a trip to Mexico.

Marley is an adviser to Meagan’s Place at the Ruby Sisson Library, Meagan’s Place being a special section of the library devoted to books and games of interest to early teens in the sixth through ninth grades. In this 17th in an occasional series of Pagosa Reads book reviews, Marley describes “Things Not Seen” by Andrew Clements, which is available at the Sisson Library. It is hoped that this series will encourage more teens to read and to discuss their favorite books with family and friends.

Here is Marley’s book review:

“One morning when Bobby Phillips wakes up gone, otherwise known as invisible, things go from normal to mayhem. First his parents believe he is playing a trick on them and demand that he show himself. When he eats a piece of the breakfast on his plate, they turn ghostly white.

“After these strange happenings, Bobby’s parents get in a car accident and Bobby tries to pretend there is someone in the house with him. Determined to let no one know in case of being sent to a science lab, Bobby doesn’t go to school. Meanwhile, he roams about in the library spying on people and runs into a blind girl, Alicia

“While Alicia’s and Bobby’s fathers try to use their professorial and scientific brains to find a reasonable explanation for Bobby’s situation, Bobby and Alicia try to find some of their own clues to solve the mystery. They have a short deadline, as Social Services has allowed only five days before Bobby’s parents will be put in jail for supposed child abuse.

“This book is enticing and fabulously planned. The author has created a world of imagination for advanced and older readers to devour with relish. I also urge you to read this book, as well as its sequel, ‘Things Hoped For.’”