November 10, 2009

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

7 of 10: The Girl With the Silver Eyes is just the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, although the ending was kind of a disappointment.

I love books where a totally normal person has special abilities. As a kid, I just wanted so BADLY to be able to do something magical (I'm twenty four now and no special powers have shown up).

Katie has lived with her grandmother most of her life, but when her grandmother dies in an accident, Katie's mother comes to take her back, even though she's obviously uncomfortable with Katie, who she senses, rather than knows, is unusual in some way.

Her mom is right - Katie is not normal. She can move things with her mind, much like Roald Dahl's Matilda.

Katie isn't really wild about living with her mother either, especially because her mother insists on hiring one lousy babysitter after another and this means she has to do things like turn the pages of the book with her hands instead of just doing it by thinking about it.

But really, life isn't too bad, especially with the friendly neighbor woman who is very kind to Katie and the nice newspaper delivery boy. And then Mr. Cooper moves into the complex and he seems far too interested in Katie and her special abilities. An overheard conversation between her mother and the mother's boyfriend makes Katie suspect there might be more children like her out in the world somewhere and she is determined to find them before Mr. Cooper finds out more about her.

It's a fun book and a quick read, with just a hint of mystery/scariness to it, which I liked, but the ending was so abrupt and open-ended that it kind of tainted it for me.

Also, don't you just LOVE that orange outfit on the cover?


  1. I read this book when I was in fifth or sixth grade and absolutely loved it. I have thought about reading it again, but am not sure if I would like it so much as an adult....I might be a bit more critical and I'm not sure it would live up to my expectations.

  2. I've tried reading books like this that I should have read as a kid but somehow missed and I just never enjoy them as they are so far out of my age range now. Sad. As a side note, have you read the Enchanted, Inc. series? It's about a normal person who has magic abilities and it's set in NYC, what more could you want?

  3. I'm going to look for a copy for Katelynne, sounds just up her alley!

  4. haaaaaaa hit "publish" WAY too soon and had to giggle :)- Up her alley because of the whole super powers not b/c of the sad family situation I must add :)

  5. I think I might have read that book. I remember the silver eyes thing, but beyond that...

    and I have to say that cover takes me back to my childhood. I read so many Apple paperbacks as a kid (and they're all in my mom's attic, waiting for my kids).

  6. I have absolutely NO memory of the ending! I'm glad it at least got a 7, it's one of those books I read over and over as a kid.

    Now go read Daddy-Long-Legs!


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