Superhuman powers. The best thing ever—or a total nightmare?
Jessica Jenkins and her best friend, Izzy, work to investigate her newfound ability to become invisible, which first occurs spontaneously in geography class. Why does she have this power? How does it work? Who else has these powers? Luckily, invisibility helps the sleuthing process, as Jessica sneaks into a laboratory while Izzy distracts its genius doctor. Discovering ties to her mom’s best friend, Nancy, and a beautiful necklace Nancy gave her on her 13th birthday, Jessica begins to unravel the mystery. Kessler (A Year Without Autumn, 2011, etc.) often explores themes of friendship, and this book is no exception. The mystery that the girls must solve provides the frame for stretching their minds about relationships as well. Could popular girl Heather also have superpowers? What about their brilliant friend Tom? The lighthearted tone of the book allows readers to suspend disbelief about the pseudo-science behind all of this, but questions of medical ethics and commercial corruption remain key to the story.
Readers not yet ready for teen thrillers should warm to this unlikely band of new friends who solve this easy-to-read “scientific” mystery with no adult intervention. (Fantasy. 9-12)