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Author: Chamberlain, Adrian
Fourteen-year-old Danny invents a fictitious friend in an effort to fit in at school.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 158373
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 60346
Common Core Standards
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2013 Gr 6–9—Both hi/lo titles deal with loneliness and isolation in high school and move at a brisk pace, but Vanish is the more successful title. When Danny invents a new persona on the Facebook knockoff site FaceSpace in hopes of increasing his popularity, he has difficulty managing both profiles. With phrases like "hey pal" and "partying is excellent" spoken throughout, the dialogue is unrealistic. Although dishonest online behavior is an important teen issue, it is dealt with in a superficial way here. In Vanish, 14-year-old Simone has just moved to a new school and is having difficulty making friends when, because of a class assignment, she forms a special bond with kindergartener Lily. As they start spending time together, Simone learns more about Lily's suspicious home life and starts to mistrust her divorced, bickering parents. While readers should be able to guess the ending before it arrives, Spafford-Fitz successfully builds the mood as she gradually reveals more about Lily's family.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.