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You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend.

Lots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak -- he gets beat up after school, and the girl of his dreams calls him a worm. Doug's only refuge is creating an elaborate bridge for the model railroad in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow, a popular football star who could date any girl in school. Doug and Andy talk about everything -- except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back.

It does not matter to Andy that we live in completely different realities. I'm Andy's best friend. It does not matter to Andy that we hardly ever actually do anything together.

As Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own reality, long-buried secrets threaten to destroy both Doug and Andy -- and everything else in Doug's fragile world.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on Feb 7, 2012
ISBN: 9781439107041
List price: $8.99
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nice but an awful cliffhanger.felt so frustratedread more
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This was a very well executed book. The writing was excellent and suspenseful. The ending was absolutely chilling. I don't see how Hautman could have done a better job with this novel.read more
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Reminded me a little of I am the Cheese. The boy in the story is living in a fantasy world. He has one friend, who is very cool and popular. He is obssessed with his train platform.The main character can hardly relate to anyone his age. He is stalking the prettiest girl in school. He has huge problems. We find out why later in the book as ther pieces of the puzzle come together.read more
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Short yet very well written. I enjoyed figuring out what was going on here in Dougie's world. Hard to put downread more
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Doug and Andy are friends. Doug is eccentric and is building a elaborate trains set. Doug withdraws more and more. He draws a D and S. As the story progresses the D and S evolve into something m ore sininster. Doug finally finds his reality when he realizes Andy has died in a fire trying to retrieve something for Doug a couple of years earlier.read more
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It's unusual to find a book with an eccentric protagonist who is so unlikeable. Doug's mother thinks he is "troubled," because he is completely solitary, except for his friend Andy, and occasional visits to his therapist (though he doesn't take his medication.) He spends most of his time working on a railroad, and playing with fire (literally.) There is a reveal about Andy which really isn't much of a surprise; what is surprising is how little I liked or cared about Doug. He is worthy of pity, but that isn't much of a reason for the book itself.read more
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this book was really good. i liked how it slowly unwinds to the killer sence where the guy finally confesses about who really called the police and how they finally telll us that the guys best friend has been dead the entire time and he has been imagining the whole book.read more
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Whoa...disturbing. but it was good. i really like this author. the first one i read of his was "Godless" which i really enjoyed. i have not been let down yet!read more
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Invisible is about a teenager named Douglas. He's like the person at school that nobody likes because of how he is. He gets into all sorts of trouble with his best friend Andy. Who is really popular at school but Douglas's parents don't want Douglas to hang around him. The overall book was allright but I didn't really like Douglas but the surprise ending was pretty good.read more
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Doug is a loner who spends most of his free time working on a model railroad in his basement. His best friend, Andy, is the only person who excepts him the way he is. Doug's world is turned upside down when a pianful memory threatens his already instable reality.This is a good book for males because the main character is male. It attracts the same readers who liked Catcher in the Rye, because Doug is unlikeable at times. Also, the suspense of what actually happened will encourage readers to continue, even after Doug has seemed to begin unraveling. To teach this book, I would have students journal, while practicing Reader Response. Then, after they have finished the novel (and know about the narrator's repression of his memory), I would have them look at it through a psychoanalytic view.read more
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Doug is a loner, Andy is the biggest football star. Doug is called a worm from the girl he likes, Andy could date anyone. Doug and Andy are best friends, ever since little kids. They never speak of the incident that happened in that house. Doug will never let go of Andy, whether he is there or not.read more
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Doug and Andy are best friends, even though Andy's a popular jock and Doug spends all of his free time building a model train bridge out of matchsticks.Psychological tale about two young boys who have an accident and the pain it causes one of them.read more
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Invisible is the story of a boy and his best friend. Although the two are polar opposites, they grow up together and remain loyal to each other even in high school. However, there is a secret they have and Dougie, the main character, reveals more and more about the secret as the story progresses.What begins as an ordinary story about a teen and his best friend turns into a twisting puzzle that highlights the emotional damage from which some may never recover.Invisible is a quick read with an end that doesn't disappoint.read more
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Invisible by Pete Hautman illustrates a relationship of two young guys who are completely opposite but are the best of friends. Building train models helps Doug with what he is going through and keeps his mind at ease. His parents make him see a counselor, which he feels is a waste: " Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit" says Doug. "Why" his mom replies, "Because I do not need help" (pg. 22). Throughout the middle Doug faces many obstacles but preservers through them with Andy's advice. However, the two friends have a big secret and as the story progresses Dougie reveals more and more. By the end, Doug remembers everything that happened the day Andy and him spent time together and is troubled with coping that he lost his best friend that day; the whole time Andy was just a figment of his imagination or was he really there… (160/160)read more
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The beginning of the book is a little slow, once the story begans to pick up there is no stopping!read more
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nice but an awful cliffhanger.felt so frustrated
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was a very well executed book. The writing was excellent and suspenseful. The ending was absolutely chilling. I don't see how Hautman could have done a better job with this novel.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Reminded me a little of I am the Cheese. The boy in the story is living in a fantasy world. He has one friend, who is very cool and popular. He is obssessed with his train platform.The main character can hardly relate to anyone his age. He is stalking the prettiest girl in school. He has huge problems. We find out why later in the book as ther pieces of the puzzle come together.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Short yet very well written. I enjoyed figuring out what was going on here in Dougie's world. Hard to put down
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Doug and Andy are friends. Doug is eccentric and is building a elaborate trains set. Doug withdraws more and more. He draws a D and S. As the story progresses the D and S evolve into something m ore sininster. Doug finally finds his reality when he realizes Andy has died in a fire trying to retrieve something for Doug a couple of years earlier.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
It's unusual to find a book with an eccentric protagonist who is so unlikeable. Doug's mother thinks he is "troubled," because he is completely solitary, except for his friend Andy, and occasional visits to his therapist (though he doesn't take his medication.) He spends most of his time working on a railroad, and playing with fire (literally.) There is a reveal about Andy which really isn't much of a surprise; what is surprising is how little I liked or cared about Doug. He is worthy of pity, but that isn't much of a reason for the book itself.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
this book was really good. i liked how it slowly unwinds to the killer sence where the guy finally confesses about who really called the police and how they finally telll us that the guys best friend has been dead the entire time and he has been imagining the whole book.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Whoa...disturbing. but it was good. i really like this author. the first one i read of his was "Godless" which i really enjoyed. i have not been let down yet!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Invisible is about a teenager named Douglas. He's like the person at school that nobody likes because of how he is. He gets into all sorts of trouble with his best friend Andy. Who is really popular at school but Douglas's parents don't want Douglas to hang around him. The overall book was allright but I didn't really like Douglas but the surprise ending was pretty good.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Doug is a loner who spends most of his free time working on a model railroad in his basement. His best friend, Andy, is the only person who excepts him the way he is. Doug's world is turned upside down when a pianful memory threatens his already instable reality.This is a good book for males because the main character is male. It attracts the same readers who liked Catcher in the Rye, because Doug is unlikeable at times. Also, the suspense of what actually happened will encourage readers to continue, even after Doug has seemed to begin unraveling. To teach this book, I would have students journal, while practicing Reader Response. Then, after they have finished the novel (and know about the narrator's repression of his memory), I would have them look at it through a psychoanalytic view.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Doug is a loner, Andy is the biggest football star. Doug is called a worm from the girl he likes, Andy could date anyone. Doug and Andy are best friends, ever since little kids. They never speak of the incident that happened in that house. Doug will never let go of Andy, whether he is there or not.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Doug and Andy are best friends, even though Andy's a popular jock and Doug spends all of his free time building a model train bridge out of matchsticks.Psychological tale about two young boys who have an accident and the pain it causes one of them.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Invisible is the story of a boy and his best friend. Although the two are polar opposites, they grow up together and remain loyal to each other even in high school. However, there is a secret they have and Dougie, the main character, reveals more and more about the secret as the story progresses.What begins as an ordinary story about a teen and his best friend turns into a twisting puzzle that highlights the emotional damage from which some may never recover.Invisible is a quick read with an end that doesn't disappoint.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Invisible by Pete Hautman illustrates a relationship of two young guys who are completely opposite but are the best of friends. Building train models helps Doug with what he is going through and keeps his mind at ease. His parents make him see a counselor, which he feels is a waste: " Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit" says Doug. "Why" his mom replies, "Because I do not need help" (pg. 22). Throughout the middle Doug faces many obstacles but preservers through them with Andy's advice. However, the two friends have a big secret and as the story progresses Dougie reveals more and more. By the end, Doug remembers everything that happened the day Andy and him spent time together and is troubled with coping that he lost his best friend that day; the whole time Andy was just a figment of his imagination or was he really there… (160/160)
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The beginning of the book is a little slow, once the story begans to pick up there is no stopping!
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