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Title:
Quiet! You're invisible
Author:
Meacham, Margaret, 1952-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
114 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
With his mother expecting a baby and a bully living next door, fifth-grader Hoby Hobson has enough to worry about even before Zirc, a time-traveling boy who can sometimes be invisible, shows up in his backyard.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
490 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.4 2.0 54849.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.3 6 Quiz: 31852 Guided reading level: N.
ISBN:
9780823416516
Format :
Book

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With his mother expecting a baby and a bully living next door, fifth-grader Hoby Hobson has enough to worry about even before Zirc, a time-traveling boy who can sometimes be invisible, shows up in his backyard.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Hoby Hobson is a mild-mannered, considerate fifth-grader who has the misfortune of living next door to the school bully, Harold "Hammerhead" Jones. Hoby also has the distinction of being visited by Zirc, a youngster his age who accidentally time-traveled from his home one thousand years in the future. Because Zirc can render himself invisible, Hoby can't prove his existence or explain why he appears to be talking to himself when Zirc accompanies him to school. These amusing situations become more complicated when Hammerhead gets hold of the battery that powers Zirc's space cruiser. With Zirc's encouragement and assistance, timid Hoby retrieves the battery and gets the best of Hammerhead, providing lively reading in the process. A dictionary of Zirc's jaunty future-millennium vocabulary caps this entertaining story. --Ellen Mandel


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Fifth-grader Hoby Hobson is about to be pulverized by Harold "Hammerhead" Jones, the middle school's supreme bully. The boy doesn't expect rescue to come in the form of a rotten apple, thrown by a time traveler from the next millennium. Zirc has borrowed his dad's space cruiser and accidentally flipped back 1000 years, wearing down the time-module battery in the process. He isn't supposed to be visible in this era, but his "dematerializer" is on the fritz as well. Hoby offers to help. The boys have 72 hours in which to escape the bully, fix the ship, and get Zirc back to his own time. Hoby is resourceful and realistic and Zirc's "futuristic" slang is amusing. However, adult characters don't fare as well, particularly the school's nosy guidance counselor and dithery principal. There are also some unresolved ethical questions in dealing with the bully. An additional purchase where there is high demand for light science fiction.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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