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The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

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A gentle story that teaches how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish, from esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton.

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend...

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody in class ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. Includes a discussion guide and resources for further reading.

Author: Trudy Ludwig
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 10/08/2013
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 10.10h x 8.20w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781582464503
Age Range: 5-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.8
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 161744 / Invisible Boy

Award: Georgia Children's Book Award - Finalist
Award: Virginia Readers Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Golden Sower Award - Nominee
Award: Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Nominee
Award: Black-Eyed Susan Award - Nominee
Award: Volunteer State Book Awards - Nominee
Award: Ladybug Picture Book Award - Nominee
Award: Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award - Nominee
Award: Show Me Readers Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 08/26/2013
School Library Journal 09/01/2013 pg. 125
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2013
Booklist 11/01/2013 pg. 84
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2013 pg. 32
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2014 - Recommended, Satisfactory
School Library Journal 02/01/2017

About the Author
TRUDY LUDWIG is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world, including My Secret Bully and Confessions of a Former Bully. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with organizations like the Committee for Children and, and has served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop. Trudy's books have won the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, and the NAPPA Gold Medal, and also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. Visit her at

PATRICE BARTON earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where she lives with her husband and son. Her books include Sweet Moon Baby written by Karen Henry Clark; Mine! by Shutta Crum; I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman and Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine by Allison Wortche--all available from Knopf.
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