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|Material Type:||Elementary and junior high school, Fiction, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Target Audience:||Ages 12 up.|
|Description:||149 p. ; 22 cm.|
Table of Contents:
1) my best friend 2) stella 3) focus 4) logic 5) secrets 6) practice 7) troubled 8) worm 9) rat 10) butterfingers 11) to build a fire 12) sigil 13) i spy 14) bridge 15) george fuller 16) pooping cat 17) pretty girls 18) therapy 19) end run 20) outrageous lies 21) meatballs 22) kicks 23) room 317 24) number five 25) rescheduled 26) flammable 27) power 28) trains and lockers 29) interrogation 30) interrogation (part 2) 31) godzilla 32) the yelling 33) restoration 34) state of the art 35) quality of line 36) derailed 37) madham
Pete Hautmans invisible is an exhilarating story about a boy trying to make it through life while carrying a burden on his shoulders that he no longer wishes to bear. while constantly getting into arguments with his parents about almost everything Doug the 15 year old boy spends his time in his basement work shop where he puts together and tinkers with model trains that he has been interested in since his grand father died several years back. Doug has a best friend named Andy. Many would classify Andy by the usual self centered jock who thinks nothing of anyone but himself but he is not. Andy is a kind hearted boy who befriended another when he was little but as many would say why is he not so self centered like we see in today’s society there are other points to be made. Andy has two passions in life foot ball and drama every night Andy calls over to Dougie and they talk for hours about what had happened during the day. along with being best friends with Andy Dougie spends his time working on his model city he calls Madham circling his city is the railroad he calls the Madham line. Dougie has been working for the past year and a half or so working on the new bridge he is trying to build to stretch across the river to connect east and west Madham the bridge he is building is made entirely of match sticks that he has carefully shaved the phosphorous off of. Over the years Dougie earns a couple of nicknames one in particularly "worm" Dougie does not care much about the nick name that Melissa Haverman has given him because he does not care what she thinks because Dougie thinks that him and her should be together. Dougie over the next few months constantly goes over to Melissa's house and sits in a tree watching through a second story window he knows as her bedroom. Dougie proceeds to do this and one night he gets caught he runs back to his house and dives back into bed before long the cops and Melissa's father show up at his door step looking for him to try and pin the peeping on him. Dougie's father is a hot tempered man who will ignite in a second after arguing with the cop for about 5 minutes he calls Dougie down and he persuades the cop that he had been sleeping all night and not been anywhere. Dougie goes to a therapist once a week. Dougie thinks it is a waste of time and money to be going there because he thinks he is fine. There are two things Dougie will never talk about to his therapist: Andy and what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back. Dougie had never skipped a therapist appointment and for once after school he decides to watch Andy at foot ball practice instead after the practice Andy and Dougie hook up and go to burger king for some burgers and fries. ever since Dougie’s grandfather died Dougie has gotten an allowance of 100$ a week from his grand fathers will most of the money he spends on trains and junk food and some times little presents for Andy. After being caught peeping even though Dougie was able to escape the accusations Dougie gets a reputation as a pervert. One day after school while Dougie is walking home from school three of the players from the foot ball team gang up on him and pretty much beet the snot out of him. Dougie later wakes up at the hospital and is quite disoriented after being questioned by the police, Doggie’s mother goes to the hospital to see him and comfort. Later that night Andy comes to see him as well. After a couple weeks staying home from school Dougie goes back but only to be involved in a food fight. after the fight the principal decides to change his schedule around so that he never had to be in the lunch that he was involved in the food fight again he also got so spend lunch with Andy. One day after lunch Dougie is on his way to study and decides to skip it and go to the foot ball field and just sit later in the period Andy finds him there and they go for a walk. When Dougie gets back to the school campus the whole school is outside in havoc with everyone wondering what is going on. When Dougie goes back to school on Monday he discovers that his locker had been messed up like someone hade gone through it. After looking puzzled into his locker the principal goes up to him and takes him to the office. When he gets there the same cop that had interrogated him for the problem with Melissa spoke to him and said “son did you call in the bomb threat that shook the school on Friday?” After being interrogated by the principal and the cop Dougie finally said that Andy was the one who called in the bomb threat and nobody believes him. Dougie ends up going back to the therapist for a chat about what had happened at the school, Dougie tried to resist but lost the battle and started talking about Andy which is when Dougie remembers that Andy had died 3 or 4 years back in a fire. The therapist strengthen his medication and sent him back home. After taking his pill for several days Dougie starts to calm down and thinks back to what had really happened. The next day Dougie and his parents take a drive to a private school for troubled students. After seeing that place it puts Dougie in a deep depression. Over the next several days Dougie completes the bridge that he has been working on for the past 2 years. He tests the train and the bridge works fine. Onboard the train he has all the phosphorous that he had scraped off all the matches he used all piled into 3 hollowed out tanker cars. As Dougie speeds up the train it starts to spill phosphorous all over the tracks so when it comes back around the wheels spark the track and ignites the phosphorous on the tracks. Dougie died in a fire that raged through the model city he had been building and goes on in a new life as a citizen of Madham.
"Hautman once again proves his keen ability for characterization and for building suspense." -- "Publishers Weekly, " starred review
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