Reading Notes: The Girl With the Silver Eyes

The Girl with the Silver EyesThe Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girl with the Silver Eyes is about Katie, whose strange eyes are accompanied by telekinesis. The book follows her as she tries to find others who are like her. It’s a bit strange to see that this book is shelved as science fiction. When I was a kid, I might have agreed, but now I tend to think of ESP as being fantasy.

I read The Girl with the Silver Eyes at least twice when I was a kid, but it had been at least 15 years since my last read of it. I have to say that it holds up pretty well (unlike many other things from my childhood). However, there’s a remarkable lack of actual physical danger to Katie, at least when you compare it to more modern children’s books.

One of the things that struck me when I started reading this was how the voice captures your interest even though there’s not much happening. Most of the beginning is about how strange Katie is, but it’s done in a way that makes you feel sympathy for her. I also liked how most of the adults in this book are neither all good nor all bad. Instead they have complex feelings towards Katie and her abilities.

Book Source: Free Library of Philadelphia

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