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The Girl with the Silver Eyes Paperback – March 22, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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>>
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. I'd say mature 9 to 10 and up just because some younger kids may not fully understand the subject matter. Good book though.Published 21 days ago by Josh Meek
My 8 year old daughter could not stop reading. She love it.Published 23 days ago by Bhojkumarie Budhu
My daughter absolutely loved this book!! We loan it out frequentlyPublished 1 month ago by Jaclyn S Moore
I bought this for my daughter for reading logs for class.She loved the story.Happy I purchased, pleased.:)Published 3 months ago by Andrea
I read this book as a child and was excited to see it on amazon. My twins are avid readers. I got this book for them and they said it was boring (that's why only 4 stars). Read morePublished 3 months ago by cj