Friday, April 11, 2014

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick: Guest Post & Giveaway!

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

Publish Date: April 22, 2014

224 Pages
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon / B&N


Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown.He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.


On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind. (from Goodreads) 




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I feel very fortunate and honored to be hosting Marcus Sedgwick on my blog today. When I read She Is Not Invisible a while back, I was blown away. I loved the concept of the story, I loved how the author approached his story, and I loved the cover. I thought it was brilliantly executed. 

Here is an excerpt from my review
"This is my first experience with Mr. Sedgwick's work and I am really impressed with She Is Not Invisible. It is not a long book by any means, but this story is absolutely FULL of things. There is a ton of information in there and it is all important and none of it is wasted or filler. I love the way that the book began with a bang and didn't let up until the end. I love the way I forgot what the genre/category of this story is and I just enjoyed the story. I love the way I was trying to anticipate next moves and figure things out, but I never really could - it kept me on my toes the entire time. And I love the way the story's female main character used her sight to show that she was NOT weak, that she was NOT to be walked-upon, and that she was still every bit as awesome and kick-butt as girls that can see."
(You can read my thoughts on She Is Not Invisible HERE.)  

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This book is a bit of a departure from Mr. Sedgwick's "normal" work, so he has been kind enough to share a few thoughts on his writing process on writing a "happy" book where he normally writes books that are a little...different. 

MY HAPPY BOOK

She Is Not Invisible is My Happy Book. At the start of my career it only took me about four or five books to get myself a reputation for writing dark fiction. I don’t mind that rep at all – there’s no shame in it, and furthermore, I rather like writing dark things. It’s fun. Or perhaps I mean ‘fun’? Anyway, the dark things in life give you something to get your teeth into, as a writer. From time to time I have tried to point out that there is, in fact, a lot of optimism, hope and kindness in my books. Of all the extensive critical analysis I’ve read in the UK on my books, it was, of all people, my aged mother who hit the nail on the head; your books have really bad things happening, she said one day, but in the middle of them is a truly kind and gentle individual trying to make sense of it all.
I think she was dead right in that; and without realizing why I was doing it at first, that is what I have been doing; it’s how I see life; most of us are gentle and kind people, stuck in a world that can at times be bewildering and difficult. As a writer, you just exaggerate those things, and put them between the covers of your book.
Despite all this however, I had been feeling for some time that it would be nice to write a happy book. A book that was more light-hearted in tone. Perhaps, even, a book in which no one died! Because that had never happened before.
She Is Not Invisible is the result. In part, it became a happy book because I decided to have a protagonist who had been blind from birth. This might not seem immediately obvious at first, but bear with me! Having made that decision, I spent two years in and out of a specialist school for the blind and visually impaired, speaking at length and in depth with the children and teenagers there. They are amazing people. I was inspired by them endlessly. Going blind is probably one of most people’s biggest fears, and yet here was a school full of young people who had either been blind from birth, or whose sight had degenerated over time, and who were almost unfailingly happy people to hang out with. I spoke to the librarian a lot too. She’s worked there about fifteen years now, I think, and in that time she said she’s never once heard a student say ‘poor me’. Yes, there are some tough moments in these people’s lives, without question. Moments of darkness in a life of literal darkness. And yet I found it such an uplifting and optimistic place to be, every single time I went.
So I wanted to write a happy book, with a lovely, positive depiction of the relationship of the siblings in the book; Laureth, the blind protagonist, and her kid brother Benjamin. I hate that contemporary fiction seems unable to ever show a brother and sister who actually like each other, never mind love each other. That’s not my experience of family life, and I wanted to show the pair in a really positive way.
Of course, through the book, they tackle some dark and difficult moments, but overall, and despite these moments, this is a book about love. It’s a book about a family who had forgotten what they mean to each other, and have to find out again. And does anyone die? Well, that would be a spoiler too far, but despite everything that happens in it, this is, at last, my happy
Back to the doom and gloom next time... 

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Click HERE to read an excerpt from She Is Not Invisible!

She Is Not Available by Marcus Sedgwick will be available for purchase 
on April 22, 2014! 

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GIVEAWAY!
Author Marcus Sedgwick & MacMillan Publishing are offering 
one hardcover copy of SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE
to ONE LUCKY WINNER!

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13 comments:

  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I haven't read any of his books but I've heard nothing but awesome things about them!

    I love what his mom said, that there's lots of darkness and bad things in them but there's a kind and gentle soul trying to weather the storm.

    I think though I'll begin with this happy book!!

    It's perfect that he spent so much time in a school for visually impaired teens in order to capture the narrator's world perfectly!

    Thank you :)

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  2. I've only read Midwinterblood but I fell in love with it!!! I cannot wait to read more from this author.

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  3. I love the positivity in the author's essay about this book. I have to agree with him. There's lots of fun to be found in dark stories. This sounds like an excellent one. Thanks for the introduction.

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  4. (This is Darith L.)

    No, I've not read a book by him. But this book sounds different and I really want to see how the story plays out. :D

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  5. This sounds really great. My daughter would love this. esseboo@yahoo.com

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  6. I haven't had a chance to read any of his books yet, but I think the happy one would be a great start! I can tell he put sooo much research about being blind into this which makes it seem so much better! I am definitely excited to read it! :D

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  7. Sadly I haven't read any of his books, although a few are on my TBR list. She Is Not Invisible just sounds so unique and amazing though, I truly can't wait to read it! I wish my library ordered YA books like they do adult books, but I've got my fingers crossed for the giveaway :)

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  8. This book sounds incredible and very touching. I just added it to my TBR list!

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  9. I haven't read anything by him yet, but this one sounds amazing!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. I read Midwinterblood and was very drawn into his writing!

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  11. I haven't read one of his books yet but this cover draws me to the book.

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  12. Midwinterblood introduced me to Marcus Sedgwick, and I can't wait to read anything else he has written!

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  13. I haven't read any of his books but I've heard a lot of good things about Midwinterblood. I would love to read this. :)

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