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Girl with the Silver Eyes (Apple Paperbacks) Paperback – January 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Apple Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590442481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590442480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many books for adults and children during
her long and illustrious career. Three of her children's books won Edgar
Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades. The
One Left Behind
would have been her hundredth book for children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I loved this book as a child and shared it with my 12 year old daughter.
Kindle Customer
This is a well-written children's science/mystery fiction book for the younger reader but it can also be enjoyed by older kids and adults alike.
Kali
I now teach 6th grade reading and my school has implemented the Accelerated Reader program.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Katie is different from her peers; she has silver eyes, can move things with her mind, and can even read the minds of animals. But she's also a 10 year old girl, and she is beset by the usual problems of fitting in with the other kids, and relating to her mother. But her life takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man starts asking questions about her. She is eventually forced to strike out into the world in an attempt to learn more about herself, and to help herself deal with the special pressures she must face.

The Good and the Bad:

This is a great book, not least of all because the premise is incredible. Every ten year old dreams of having superpowers, and this book inserts that exciting proposition into a realistic background that is more typical of young adult reading. As a child, I read this book again and again, and even remember having dreams in my adult life that are related to the imagery in the book. The writing is clean and engaging, and allows us to fully enjoy the fascinating story as it unfolds.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was written in 1980, but I read it for the first time eleven years later. Honestly, I picked it up because of the cover. *g* I was on a paranormal kick after having read Anne McCaffery's To Ride a Pegasus and Pegasus in Flight (both good books, but the second is great) and though it looked like typcial Apple Paperback fare, I figured it was worth giving a shot.

First, what the book isn't. It isn't brilliantly written. It isn't fabulously plotted. It relies on coincidences that definitely stretch credulity. The end was contrived.

But what it is is wonderful in its own way. It's the story of a 9-year-old girl who is diffeferent in two ways: first, she is incredibly intelligent, and second, she has silver eyes and paranormal powers. The story centers on her paranormal powers, but in many ways, it's as much about the way her intelligence makes people see her as about anything else. By using the paranormal powers as a framework, the author can speak quite bluntly about extreme giftedness in children in a way that connects viscerally with them. This is hardly an accident, as Katie's intelligence is mentioned in conjunction with her other "strangeness" almost every time.

The author frankly states that many people hate people who might seem "better" than them simply for existing and that they scare people. She portrays Katie's differentness not as something that is wrong with her-however others might treat her-but as something of value.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By --corinne-- on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was seven. Now I'm 26 and still love it! I became a bookworm after reading books like this one and now I'm a librarian.
I think back on this book fondly from time to time. 'The Girl with the Silver Eyes' has just stayed with me. I started asking about Thalidomide after I read this story.
I treasure so many of the books I read in elementary school, among them: Bridge to Tarabithia and Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson, Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt,
Why are there so many wonderful children books while adult books are dominated by mystery and romance schlock? <<Sigh>>
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I got this book for a birthday present and I thought it would just be like any other ordinary book. It wasn't an ordinary book! It was an Extrordinary book. The main character is a 10 year old named Katie who has silver eyes. Everybody thinks she's fairly odd by the way she looks and people are mean to her. She can move things, just by thinking about them and she can talk to animals. (In my opinion, I would be a good friend of hers, because she is just like any other person, but just has AWESOME powers!) In the middle of the book, she tries to find kids like her, she calls people in the phone book that her mom knew of in her past years at the drug store.......(Her mom drank some kind of STRONG liquid when she was pregnamt that made Katie get silver eyes)(Some ladies that Katie's mother knew of, were pregnant also and drank that liguid) ............but does Katie actually get to meet those baby's, (Who are kids now), with special powers like her own? **This Book is best for Kids-Adult**
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kali on November 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Katie is a little girl who is a bit unusual to say the least. Born with silver eyes and an uncanny ability to make strange things happen, Katie has been a loner for most of her short life. After the death of her grandmother whom she has lived with for several years she goes to live with her divorced mother and this is when her problems really start. Digging into the past Katie finds out that she isn't the only child who is, well a bit strange. Friends of her mother who all at one time worked for the same medical company also have strange children. Children with silver eyes and strange powers like telekinesis and mind reading. As Katie tries to find her fellow "silver eyes" she is watched from afar by a man who could be a friend or a foe. This is a well-written children's science/mystery fiction book for the younger reader but it can also be enjoyed by older kids and adults alike. A quality book that makes reading fun and exciting.
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