This month's pick for the Classic Read along with the Midnight Garden was The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. You can follow along or join in the discussion at http://www.themidnightgarden.net or #tmgreadalong on Twitter.
Pages: 192 pages
I enjoyed reading The Girl with the Silver Eyes, I can't say that I've read many books where the main character has telekinetic powers and telepathy. Well, Carrie does come to mind, but this is no way near that book. The writing style defiantly had a classic feel to it for me. A sort of gentler time, where your next door neighbor (Mrs. M) is looking in on you. I'm not convinced that this book would work as well now as it might have back then. There isn't nearly enough action and I so wish there had been more about Katie's powers. There are a few humorous moments where she pulls pranks on her disgruntled neighbor Mr. H. Like when he doesn't pay the newspaper boy and I did really like Katie's ability to tell what Lobo (Mrs. M's cat) was thinking. There were also lots of questions that I was able to ponder with my child as I was reading. For example, Katie questions whether having telekinesis makes her life easier. Sure it would be cool to swirl leaves around you as you walked, but does putting sugar in your tea with your mind make things easier? When would these powers be most useful? Also, would it be better to know an animals or peoples thoughts? Katie ponders each of these as she is learning more about whether her peculiarities are due to something that happened to her, versus due to a freak of nature. What got me the most is how alone Katie feels, not accepted by her family and having no friends. And what it means to want to be accepted for who you are. Although, I was happy for Katie when she finally connected with the other children, I couldn't help feeling like the ending wasn't completely resolved for me.