Girls with Silver Eyes Paperback – Jan 1982
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About the Author
Willo Davis Roberts wrote many mystery and suspense novels for children during her long and illustrious career, including The Girl with the Silver Eyes, The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Megan’s Island, Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, Scared Stiff, The Kidnappers, and Caught! Three of her children’s books won Edgar Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades, including the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Georgia Children’s Book Award. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Willo Davis Roberts has that rare gift of telling a great story simply, without pandering or dumbing a book down, yet with all the best parts of an adult thriller -- the main character, struggling to find where she and her telekinetic talents fit in a disbelieving world, must try to separate those she can trust from the people who just want to use her. In her search, she discovers some unlikely allies, including kids "gifted" as herself.
As a kid, I loved this book because I immediately identified with the main character, wishing I had a friend like her. That's how real I found the people of this story. My copy of "The Girl with the Silver Eyes" is pretty battered, but I can't wait to pass it on to my children
Granted, you can find other books with the "Girl against the world" motif (Pennies For the Piper, Jacob Have I Loved, Bridge to Terabithia, Homecoming, Jackaroo, Scott O'Dell's stuff, The Language of Goldfish, Harriet The Spy, the Anastasia Krupnick series, The Secret Window, new stuff by Francesca Lia Block (sp?)etc.), but none of them really speak to a young reader with such a voice of no-b.s. realism as Willo Davis Roberts.
The atmosphere of her books reminds me, as an adult, of Shirley Jackson's and perhaps Ursula K. LeGuin's. If you still love this sort of dark social commentary/one against the world motif as an adult, there are many extraordinary literary writers to check out. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Lois McMaster Bujold, Shirley Jackson, Tanith Lee (though she is quite a bit darker), Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, and Angela Carter, among many others.
This book is a must-have for any kid, any age, and I think all you adults out there would like it to. I give this book a well earned 5 stars, though I would like to give it 6!!!
Most recent customer reviews
Ok. My teacher read this story aloud, and it was TRASH! Katie and other characters were very predictable. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by A reader...
I LOVED this book. I could identify with Katie throughout the story and would reccomend it and any other Willo Davis Roberts books.Published on March 15 2004
"The Girl With The Silver Eyes"
By: Willo Davis Roberts
Reviewed By: K. Ueno
The Book The Girl With The Silver Eyes is about a girl named Katie... Read more
Girl with Silver Eyes
Most children have blue, green, and brown eyes. All accept Katie Welker . Read more
I have been trying to track down this book as it was my favourite book as a child. (Im now 29) I must have read it at least 7 times. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by Sophie
I remember reading this book years ago... I think I was in 4th or 5th grade. For me it was the kind of book where you checked it out of the library several times to read it more... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003
I read this book when I was in the third grade, and loved it soo much, decided to write a book report on it, which I just found. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002 by Leleh
I read this book YEARS ago. And I must say it is one of the BEST books that i've ever read. I remember that it helped me get through a very ackward time in my life. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002 by Kemry
In this book the main character, Katie, has some things that are different about her but not everything about her is weird. She has peculiar eyes. They are silver. Read morePublished on June 17 2002