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Girls with Silver Eyes [Paperback]

Willo Davis Roberts
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January 1982
Katie, who has supernatural powers, attempts to start a new life in another town with hermother. The attempt succeeds until Mr. Cooper asks Katie too many questions.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent sci-fi/fantasy children's book May 1 1997
By A Customer
I'm envious of kids today who can take advantage of the recent explosion of interest in science fiction and fantasy. Back when I was browsing in the children's section of the library (all right, so it wasn't that long ago), I read everything -- which wasn't much -- I could find that vaguely fell into those categories. This book blew all my prior favorites away.
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Against the World March 11 2002
Like many of the above reviewers, I am an older reader (28 - a grad student in English Lit) reviewing this book. Although it has been years since I last read it, I remember it well because there was nothing else like it out there.
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.
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As a child, I was encouraged to read, but was warned by my third grade teacher to "stay away from that science fiction." It was not a difficult task; most books in our elementary library were NOT science fiction...if they were, they consisted of green, slimy creatures disguised as humans by day and terrorizing student by night. Naturally, science fiction did not appeal to me at all.
Until I ran across The Girl with the Silver Eyes. To my third grade mind, it was painfully long, kind of hard to follow, but extremely interesting. It is the sole thing that piqued my interest in all things scifi.
Now, as a high school senior and avid science fiction fan, I reread The Girl with the Silver Eyes. For a child's book, it is extremely intriguing. It's science fiction and a suspenseful mystery all in one. It can most easily be compared to a junior version of The X-Files: weird, eerie, yet disturbingly accurate. However, when I was younger, I found the plot boring in many spots, not enough action. At the time, I merely blamed this on my youthful impatience. But even today, I still find the storyline a bit thick in parts, and nearly impossible to continue to the next page. For me to say that reading this book was an intellectual chore is not an exaggeration.
Any child reading this book will quickly lose patience with it, it has so many slow sections. Its surreal plot and wonderful scifi appeal is for the extremely patient only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best!! Feb. 9 2001
By A Customer
Girl with the silver eyes is, by far, one of the best childrens books I've read. I am a huge bookworm, and for 4 YEARS went to the library weekly, more than that if I could get my parents to drive me... it was a joke I had there that I was there more then they were and that I would LIVE there if I could(and that is true, it still is for a matter of fact!) As boring as this info may seem, I feel it is necary to explain. When I was 7 I discoverd this book. I thought it was the best book in the world and got it out as many times as possible. I still know it by heart, 6 years later. I remember not being able to understand WHY noone else always had this book out, and I remember the astonishment at finding that 9/10 of the names on the checkout card were mine!! I still love this book, and when schol is getting particuarly overwelming I still check this book out.
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!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't put the Book down! July 10 2000
By A Customer
I got this book for a birthday present and I thought it would just be like any other ordinary book. It wasn't an ordinary book! It was an Extrordinary book. The main character is a 10 year old named Katie who has silver eyes. Everybody thinks she's fairly odd by the way she looks and people are mean to her. She can move things, just by thinking about them and she can talk to animals. (In my opinion, I would be a good friend of hers, because she is just like any other person, but just has AWESOME powers!) In the middle of the book, she tries to find kids like her, she calls people in the phone book that her mom knew of in her past years at the drug store.......(Her mom drank some kind of STRONG liquid when she was pregnamt that made Katie get silver eyes)(Some ladies that Katie's mother knew of, were pregnant also and drank that liguid) ............but does Katie actually get to meet those baby's, (Who are kids now), with special powers like her own? **This Book is best for Kids-Adult**
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1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE PILE OF CRAP!
Ok. My teacher read this story aloud, and it was TRASH! Katie and other characters were very predictable. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by A reader...
5.0 out of 5 stars easy, yet fun
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
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Girl With The Silver Eyes" Review
"The Girl With The Silver Eyes"
By: Willo Davis Roberts
Reviewed By: K. Ueno
Period 5
The Book The Girl With The Silver Eyes is about a girl named Katie... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by K
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Girl with Silver Eyes
Most children have blue, green, and brown eyes. All accept Katie Welker . Read more
Published on May 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I read it every year for about 7 years
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 more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Gosh I feel old!
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 more
Published on Feb. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Book Ever!!!
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 more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by Leleh
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this 13 years ago!! 10 stars
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 more
Published on Sept. 27 2002 by Kemry
5.0 out of 5 stars *~Its fun to make things move just by thinking about them~*
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 more
Published on June 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! As usual for Willo's books
This is a really good book! I loved it! I starts of slow but picks up when Mr.Cooper moves in. You'll know what I'm talking about when you go read th book! Read more
Published on April 18 2002 by Hardy_Boys_Freak
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