We listened to this book on CD as we traveled this summer.
Reuben lives with his mother in poor section of a city that is ruled by The Smoke. The Directions, four men, keep tabs on the city and its inhabitants. As Reuben's mom works two jobs to afford the rent and food, Reuben explores the streets. On one of these summer excursions he finds a pocket watch. To his amazement, the watch makes him invisible. Apparently he is not the only one who knows about the watch and its power. Soon he finds himself in a race against an obsessed individual who has spent his entire life searching for the watch.
We loved this 512 page book! The characters are well developed and have depth. I liked each one for specific reasons.
In the beginning the book may seem a bit slow as the reader is just with Reuben and his thoughts. As more characters are introduced, the plot becomes more intriguing.
Warning: Reuben lies throughout the book to protect his mom and other individuals. The reader sees the burden the lies produce on Reuben. A good opportunity to discuss the consequences and burden of lies.