Tagline: “Now you see him. Now you don’t.”
Premise: The 12-year-old protagonist (note: every single protagonist thus far has been 12), a rather unmemorable boy named Max, finds a mysterious mirror in his attic. When the light on the mirror is turned on, the person standing directly in front of the mirror turns invisible. Max, his friends, and his younger brother Lefty find this to be a great novelty and have competitions seeing who can stay invisible the longest. In time, Max realizes this might not be the best idea, as they have a harder time coming back into visibility. At the book’s climax, Max is sucked into the mirror and his reflection demands to come out and become visible instead of Max. Max thwarts the mirror by breaking it and trades his friends’ reflections in for his actual friends. All is well, except for the part where Max’s little brother is still stuck and his reflection will take the place of Lefty for the rest of his life.
Creepiness factor: Scarier than the others, with the exception of Stay Out of the Basement. There’s a growing sense of dread as the transformation from invisible to visible again becomes more difficult, and some concern that things might not go back to normal in the end.
Signature Stine moment: A one-two punch of truncated sentences and awkward simile.
“And then I heard the soft whisper.
Like the wind through the trees. The hushed shaking of leaves.
Not a voice at all. Not even a whisper.
Just a hint of a whisper.”
Accuracy of title: It was merely OK until a character literally uttered the phrase “Let’s get invisible!” At that point it was right on the money.
Moral of the story (another Scott suggestion, bless him): It’s best not to mess with magical mirrors. It can only end in disaster.
Overall rating: 6/10. Cool idea, decent execution, although I’m still waiting for a truly likable protagonist, complete with personality. But fear not! Night of the Living Dummy is next and I am unnecessarily excited about it!