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The Girl with the Silver Eyes (original 1980; edição 2011)

por Willo Davis Roberts (Autor)

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A 10-year-old girl, who has always looked different from other children, discovers that she not only has unusual powers but that there are others like her.
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Título:The Girl with the Silver Eyes
Autores:Willo Davis Roberts (Autor)
Informação:Aladdin (2011), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
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I had fond memories of this book from my middle school days, and recently managed to find a copy. I have to say, the intervening 30 years has not been kind to it.

The shape of the story is a familiar one. A young person has powers that make them special, but also mark them as different. They come of age and discover others like themselves, and are finally free to be who they are.

That's great, so far as it goes. The problem is that it's not a particularly good example of this story shape. The bulk of the story is composed of the protagonist's abysmal family situation. We are treated to dozens of examples of poor treatment bordering on abuse. And yet in the climax, most of that is ignored with a sudden change of heart on the part of Katie's mother. Even the mom's deadbeat boyfriend comes around, somehow. The ending feels rushed and unearned.

And what's worse, the book ends just as it's getting to an interesting part. Katie has found others like her and is about to embark on a new stage in her life. But we see none of it. The book simply ends, meaning that all we get is a hundred pages of child neglect followed by an empty conclusion.

I can see why I liked this book as a kid. The premise activated my imagination, and I was content to put myself in Katie's shoes and continue the story on my own. As an adult, and having read much better examples of this type of fiction, that's no longer enough. ( )
  shabacus | Aug 18, 2020 |
I read this book sometime in grade school. It was probably the first time I read a story about someone just like me. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
Katie makes people nervous. One reason is because of her silver eyes, but there are other, less tangible things. Katie can move things with her mind and she's discovering new talents. She has lived with her grandmother for years, but after her grandmother's death, her mother asks her to live with her in her apartment. There are no other children in the building, but there is a pool, and a kind neighbor woman, but Katie starts getting into trouble. What started as a harmless prank against one neighbor starts having serious consequences and a new arrival in the building is asking an awful lot of questions about her....

It took me awhile to come across a copy of this. By modern standards the book is pretty limited, but for a younger reader interested in breaking into science fiction, this is a pretty good start. The build-up is the story, as Katie no sooner starts investigating her abilities than she makes her discoveries and the story ends rather unbelievably - even for a skiffy children's book. The kids will love it, I let myself rate the book as I would have at the proper age, but there are some doubtful conclusions from the adults and some worrying behavior on the children's part at the very end and I seriously doubt that Katie has much of a chance at a childhood. Read on! ( )
2 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Predictable. Annoyed at all the eavesdropping, spying on her mother, going behind her mother's back to contact these people after rummaging through her mother's personal items (which no one even calls Katie on), hurting people physically as recompense for teasing them or others (hurt ankle, bloody nose, bloody mouth, bloody hand, cans of food hitting their head), hollow complaints about not fitting in or being accepted after hurting people or doing unusual things in front of them, the creepiness of the school Mr. C talks about (I began to have visions of River Tam from "Firefly"), and involving themselves in others' business yet complaining about how no one respects their privacy (very reminiscent of Harriet the Spy--see my review on that, if interested). Also, there's the unexplained return of Nathan at the end. I guess other people see something in this book that I don't. I could see how a teenager might like it, but how any adult could read it and like it is a mystery to me. ( )
  wordcauldron | Jul 11, 2018 |
This had a flip side of Village of the Damned run up, with a sudden, now I have friends ending. As I really didn't like VotD and the environments Katie endures are so hostile, I wasn't really enjoying this much, then it ended. If I'd read a review or so I would have known it wasn't an adult novel nor quite what is now going as YA - high body count ending in cuddles - so I was reading it as an adult novel about a young girl, which it pretty much is until the last couple of chapters. ( )
  quondame | Mar 11, 2018 |
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