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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,068 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Nancy Wu Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Things Not Seen Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440782190
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When Gwen’s grandfather disappears from their home in New York City, he leaves a message saying not to worry—but it’s hard when Gwen has upcoming violin auditions at Julliard! But then she meets Robert, a fellow musician, and things seem to look up. At the same time, there are other forces in motion, like the scary great uncle who keeps coming by, and the strange man Gwen sees one day when shopping. Then the even stranger story Robert tells her about what she saw. And finally, the discovery that brings their worlds to a halt, uniting Gwen and Robert in ways neither of them could have foretold.

In this remarkable follow-up to the wildly popular Things Not Seen, Andrew Clements brings readers a multi-layered story all about art, friendship, love, and life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offers a riveting story line, engaging characters, and intriguing insights into the development of musical artistry.”

    Booklist

  • “Gwen’s story is a good mix of mystery, friendship, and fantasy, with a touch of creepiness.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 2/19/2014

    " Good book... Things that Are is better, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lish | 2/17/2014

    " This was a really good book. It had a good story line and was very interesting. It was a great sequel!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 2/17/2014

    " I absolutely love this book! I read it in less than 24 hours! It is a great book for people that have to read science fiction, but don't like to. The only science fiction part is about Bobby being invisible. AMAZING BOOK!! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Beck | 2/16/2014

    " It wasn't my favorite in this series but it was important for the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/14/2014

    " This book is awesome!! I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Burns | 2/8/2014

    " A book for an advanced elementary reader. It has a lottttt of suspense, you want to keep reading to find out what happens next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/30/2014

    " The best in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/20/2014

    " Wow! So well thought out and a terrible tragedy noone will ever see coming! A great story of sadness and friendship! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan Chan | 1/18/2014

    " A sad and happy book at the same time having Glen as a main character meeting another main character connected in Things that are. Kind of interesting how the books can be connected and how the author tries to combine both main characters into one book. Also someone else is invisible in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/17/2014

    " I really liked it. It kept me interested. You don't need to read part one to read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Poleena | 1/16/2014

    " if you read things not seen then please do not read this one. it barely has anything to do with things not seen and it is very annoying. things not seen is the best book i have read and after i read this one, it just didnt make sense at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/11/2014

    " Things Not Seen was much better. This book, however, had a lot more suspense. Surprising ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy | 1/9/2014

    " I loved this book! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/8/2014

    " A sad mystery. A very insteresting sequel/book!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scarlet | 1/7/2014

    " The book was horrible. The grandfather shoved himself in a freezer and commits suicide. DO NOT READ IT "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebony | 12/11/2013

    " The was connected to the book Things Not Seen where Robert comes into the life of a tennager who loses her grandfather during an important part in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 12/4/2013

    " great companion to things not seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 11/4/2013

    " This book gets a bit scary at the end, as a personnal opinion. But, it is an interesting book to read. It is about a girl, Gwen, who lives with her grandpa. Then one day, he seddenly vanishes. Gwen didn't know where he went, and that was when all the pressure came to her... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 8/8/2013

    " Not as good as "Things Not Seen", but he still adds an element of needing to know how it ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Halley | 11/9/2012

    " I love it. It's written from the point of view of Gwen, who has great voice as a character. I love it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lulu | 11/9/2012

    " *First is superior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/16/2012

    " Another great work by Andrew Clements. It's the follow-up to Things Unseen. If you like his work, music, New York city and/or a little mystery/adventure, you'll enjoy this read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laci | 5/10/2012

    " Oh where to start... this book caught my attention and kept it through the first9 chapters, but then it just got really weird. I would have never guessed that this is what the book was about by reading the back cover. Kind of creepy and really weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayla | 4/11/2012

    " When I received this book at a Yankee Swap, I was expecting a book that actually, you know, made sense and was somewhat similiar to the first book. But that's not what I got. This was full of plot holes and strange plot twists. I knew I should have gone for the Play-Doh instead... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/15/2012

    " I always like Andrew Clements! This was another mostly great book; there was a point about 3/4 way in where I felt like it became too far fetched all of the sudden, but by the end it explained everything well enough that I appreciated the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisa | 12/28/2011

    " I really wanted this book to pick up where the first book left off. It didn't and the character from the first book didn't even enter until a good portion of the book was read. One more to read to finish out the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 7/13/2011

    " I just love this book. The description is beautiful, and the strong sense of music gives the story the quality of a melody. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 6/27/2011

    " A book for an advanced elementary reader. It has a lottttt of suspense, you want to keep reading to find out what happens next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reeda | 5/2/2011

    " Thos book was better than the 1st one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 4/29/2011

    " i liked the first book better. this was ok, by the end i was liking it much better. but i really hate the cliffhanger ending. i hope i fine out the resolution in the 3rd book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 4/25/2011

    " I loved the book! I cannot wait to read the third in the series. This is Andrew Clements' best writing. Passion for music and life came out in this fast paced book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/17/2011

    " This book was creepy! I did not like it near as much as the first one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drow1410 | 3/19/2011

    " Very odd twists. Wouldn't reccomend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Storylover8 | 3/6/2011

    " It was amazing! Read it if you like children's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbey | 1/5/2011

    " A slightly twisted story, but endearing all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/22/2010

    " A little cheesy follow-up to the first book, but the twist of where the grandfather is takes it into another realm. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taylor | 11/24/2010

    " For an Andrew Clements book it has a boring plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/22/2010

    " This was a great fast read. It was a nice followup to Things Not Seen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaiden? | 11/11/2010

    " This book was extremely good! Usually I'm not a big fan of books that revolve around music, but this was an exception. It kept me wondering and reading, and unlike any book I've read. I reccomend it to anyone who loves music and/or mysteries. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously successful children’s novel Frindle. He has won two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award, and more than ten million of his books are in print. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, and others. Clements is a graduate of Northwestern and National Louis universities, and he currently lives in central Massachusetts with his wife.

About the Narrator

Nancy Wu has narrated audiobooks since 2004, winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards. A New York theater, television, and film actor, she has recorded in studios all over the world—from Italy to Switzerland to Thailand. Her credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, All My Children, Made for Each Other, and the Oscar-nominated film Frozen River.