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The Eye-Dancers Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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"That we’re not so alone, you know? Maybe we’re all connected to each other in ways we can’t understand. And that’s okay, I guess. Because maybe we don’t need to understand it."
"We just need to believe it.”
Eye Dancers is a delightful and suspenseful coming of age novel, aimed primarily for young boys. The story revolves around four boys during one hot summer. They are friends, well, all but one, Kuslanski who is an outsider, but a real geek, a genius and a loner. But he will soon be pulled into their nightmares. Joe, Ryan and Mitchell find themselves having the same freaky, terrifying dream, a dream about a girl with weird dancing, twirling blue eyes. She pulls at them with her hypnotic eyes. She is a ghost girl, or so they think.
They enlist Kuslanski, the brain, to help them figure out what’s happening. They are scared, but it is Kuslanski’s logic they need, and they need him to watch over them as they sleep. He’s only supposed to be an observer, but finds himself pulled along with them as the ghost girl’s power engulfs all of them and they are whirled into another dimension.
The ghost girl is in trouble and her very life may be at stake. Only the boys’ can save her, but only if they can find her in time. And so the mystery begins and along the way, each boy finds an unmistakable truth, about who they are and about what it means to be a friend. And about self reflection and acceptance.
Michael is a wonderful and insightful writer. Suspense, humor and pathos combine to make Eye Dancers an exceptional novel, not only for the young, but the young at heart. Reading it, I was pulled back to my own childhood, to the time when we are not sure of ourselves and just learning about life and our place in it.
I highly recommend Eye Dancers, five stars all the way!
1. Mitchell Brant-incredibly imaginative with a penchant for story-telling. He enjoys reading comic books. He has a little sister named Stephanie, both of whom are upset by their parents' increasing marital conflicts.
2. Ryan Swinton-a conflict avoider who enjoys telling jokes. He often uses levity to diffuse tense situations. He has a little brother named Tyler.
3. Joe Marma-a vertically-challenged dog whisperer who enjoys a good fist fight. He loves justice, and will not hesitate to stand up and dish out a butt-whipping to a bully or abuser. He calls everyone "bud."
4. Marc Kuslanski-a geeky, scientifically-minded and somewhat arrogant only child who escapes his loneliness in studying. He longs for a sibling.
When Mitchell, Ryan, and Joe, three sixth-graders) each have the same horrific lucid dream about a young girl with swirling blue eyes three nights in a row, they enlist the help of Marc to help them figure out just what is going on. As a result, all four boys are sucked into an alternate universe where their home town is called Colbyville (instead of Bedford), technology is behind the times, history seems to have been completely rewritten, and even the English language has been altered. The girl in their dreams is calling-begging-for them to save her, but will they get to her in time? Will she be able to help them get back to their own universe?
Laced with adolescent sarcasm and boyish antics, "The Eye-Dancers" is a fun, easy read. It contains elements of fantasy, science fiction, and enough humor to go around. The experience challenges everything that each of the boys thought they firmly believed, and the reader will enjoy watching them grow and change in profound ways. Fedison explores the "butterfly effect" theme (such as what would happen if another person had founded your town), but also tackles themes that are identifiable to Fedison's targeted age group. These themes include family conflict, loneliness, the desire to fit in, the desire for peer approval, and, ultimately, finding out who you are and accepting yourself as is. I would like to see this book on middle schools' reading list. This is a heartwarming coming-of-age tale that young people will delight in (and will encourage reading, which has been a challenge for educators all over the country). Readers will LOVE the ending.