Monday, 15 September 2014

Children's book review : Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? - Liz Kessler

Tween/teen-read Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler follows the fun adventures of a group of young teens who suddenly discover that they have secret powers - for Jessica, turning invisible. It all begins in a rather boring double geography lesson when Jessica starts drifting away - literally ! Her arm starts to disappear up to the elbow, much to her surprise !

At first totally panicked and bemused, Jessica, helped by her best friend, soon learns to harness her powers and wants to find out why this is happening to her. Being able to turn herself invisible helps her a great deal in her snooping and she soon learns what has happened to give her this power, and also that she is not alone - there are a few other people in the same predicament as her so obviously, she has to seek them out and make some new friends !

It's a bit like a cross between The Famous Five and Doctor Who, with weird goings-on and lots of exciting adventures. The basic premise is a bit far-fetched but nevertheless well thought-out - it does all sound quite feasible, in a weird suspended disbelief sort of way ! - and even as a grown-up, I was sucked in and read through to the end, eager to find out who the baddie was !

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £10.99

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144401398X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444013986
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm

Disclosure : I received a review copy of the book.

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