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From the author of Fingerprints of You, whom Judy Blume calls “a remarkable young novelist,” comes a “beautiful, atmospheric, and compelling” (Deb Caletti) novel that explores how one teen rebuilds her life after everything seems lost.

My father disappeared on a Tuesday that should’ve been like any Tuesday, but eventually became the Tuesday my father disappeared.

Tired of living in limbo, Callie finally decides to investigate her father’s disappearance for herself. Maybe there was an accident at the construction site that he oversaw? Maybe he doesn’t remember who he is and is lost wandering somewhere? But after seeing a familiar face in a photo from the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, she wonders if the answer is something else entirely.

About The Author

Photograph by Christopher Gordon

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of Fingerprints of You, and her short fiction has been published in the Greensboro Review, The New Orleans Review, American Fiction, and Five Chapters. She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband and son. She teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska, Omaha MFA program, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. Visit her at and @KPMadonia.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2016)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481430739
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 970L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"This is a strong read and will pique interest in the actual earthquake...for readers interested in a mix of mystery, history, and fantasy."

– School Library Journal

"[Callie's] journey toward acceptance of both her father's disappearance and her feelings of loss is painstakingly, sensitively rendered. A gentle, honest...exploration of how people seek solace during anguishing situations."

– Kirkus Reviews

"[The] descriptions of San Francisco in both eras are detailed and evocative, and thecharacters compelling and realistic. Their journey through grief is believable."


"Beautiful, atmospheric, and compelling, Invisible Fault Lines is a story of the worst disasters and how we survive them. An artful novel that still haunts after the last page."

– National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, author of The Last Forever

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