Audience Age: 8-11
Rating (1-5): 3
The story in no more than five sentences:
Frank and his family have moved to a new town again because his older sister Elizabeth suffers from Formus Disappearus, meaning that she is invisible. Because of her condition, she rarely adjusts well to new social environments and consequently makes everyone else in the family miserable until they decide to move. But this time Frank likes his new school and his new friend Charlie and has decided that he must do whatever it takes to ensure that Elizabeth is happy and that the family stays in place. He helps the neighbors with babysitting and Christmas displays and makes excuses for Elizabeth’s bad behavior. In the end, he is put to the test when his mom caters a huge town hall party and everything seems to fall apart.
The best part about the book in 1 sentence:
The best part of this book is when Elizabeth forces Frank to meet Brucey Bruce, the lead singer of the boy band Boys-R-Us!
The worst part of the book in 1 sentence:
The worst part of this book is that Elizabeth is sometimes a too difficult character to like because she comes across as a jerk with some, but in my view not enough, redemptive values.
1 interesting note about the author:
Beatrice Colin writes mostly for adults and is refreshingly honest in how writing can be difficult: “as I make my tenth cup of tea, and it’s only eleven am, check my email again and then download another track from itunes, I feel like a total fraud.” (from www.beatricecollin.co.uk)