Remember how nutty everyone got over the Da Vinci Code? Staring at The Last Supper, looking for clues... well, Invisible I, the first novel in a new series called The Amanda Project, is a little bit like that, but its target audience is teen girls. It is a story of a mysterious "new girl" at Endeavor High who touches the lives of the main characters, and just as quickly disappears, leaving everyone -- including the reader -- compelled to figure it all out. Even more importantly, it's a totally interactive experience. Beyond reading the book, your teen can use a cell phone camera to crack a code in the book, visit the website, and contribute her own stories and ideas to the online community.
Author Melissa Kantor creates a vivid and authentic reality, with text messages and passed notes baked right into the story, as well as moments of gritty realism (an alcoholic parent) all tastefully and carefully handled.
The next book in the series, Signal from Afar, is due out in June, which makes it a great time to join in the fun.
And if you're a grown up with a fondness for other younger folks' series (Twilight anyone?) this might be something new for you, too!