Aidan Lockwood lives in a sleepy farming town, day after unremarkable day. But when Jarrod, his former best friend, suddenly moves back home, Aidan begins to see clearly for the first time—not only to feelings that go beyond mere friendship, but to a world that is haunted by the stories of his past. Visions from this invisible world come to him unbidden: a great-grandfather on the field of battle; his own father, stumbling upon an unspeakable tragedy; and a mysterious young boy, whose whispered words may be at the heart of the curse that holds Aidan’s family in its grip. Now, Aidan must find his way between the past and the present to protect those he loves, and to keep the invisible world at bay.
Praise for Wonders of the Invisible World
“Brilliant storytelling that unearths new intersections of love and magic.”
-Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Afterworlds
“If you don’t want a book with magic, mystery, lying parents, ancient curses, and true, true love (plus wonderful writing,) then I’m not sure I care to know you. But if you do, then Wonders of the Invisible World is the book you’ve been waiting for.”
-Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
“Barzak’s Wonders of the Invisible World is a wonder itself—a coming-of-age, coming-out, and crossing-into-the mystic novel all rolled into one. To the reader searching for all of these themes, I say, Look no further.”
-Tom McNeal, author of Far Far Away
“Part ghost story, part love story, this page-turner is a captivating exploration of the power of place, family, memory, and time itself.”
-Kirkus Reviews (For full review, click here).
“This story has plenty of appeal and potential and offers a twist on the typical paranormal romance—while a sincere, thoughtful LGBT relationship is important to Aidan’s character development, it isn’t the central focus of the book.”
– School Library Journal
“With leisurely pacing and simple, expressive language, Barzak expertly balances magical realism, historical flashbacks, and contemporary teen romance in Aidan’s journey of self-discovery. Give this to teen readers who want a quieter paranormal tale or a sincere love story between two boys.”
“The unpredictability of curses, magic, and love are inexorably entwined in this gracefully written story from adult author Barzak.”
– Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW (For full review, click here).