THE GIRL WITH THE SILVER EYES by Willo Davis Roberts

THE GIRL WITH THE SILVER EYES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Katie is different; and she doesn't like the way other kids avoid her and some neighbors fear and hate her. It's not just her silver eyes. Though she hasn't told anyone, Katie also has the power to move things with her mind--and, it must be said, she uses it at times to hassle those same mean neighbors. Katie has just moved in with her divorced mother after the death of her grandmother, who raised her. Now a strange man comes around to the new apartment building, asking questions about her and trying to get friendly. Is he a policeman? She overhears him say that certain former neighbors suspect her of causing her grandmother's fatal fall. So Katie, unsure of her mother's feelings toward her, flees. She has learned meanwhile that her mother was one of four pregnant women working on a mysterious (now recalled) drug ten years earlier. So she tracks down the other three almost-10-year-old kids and finds that they are, as she'd hoped, fellow psychic mutations. Back home she learns that the strange man is a psychic researcher who wants her, and now the others too, to attend his special school. They're not sure about the school, but since they've found each other they'll no longer feel lonely and different. It's disappointing that both the kids and the author end up without a glimmer of serious thought on the gift's implications. (In the end, the four collaborate to bug the same mean neighbor Katie has been tormenting all along.) However, kids can enjoy Katie's pranks, sympathize with her outsider status, and take an interest in her quest for the other three. Mildly diverting.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1980
ISBN: 1442421703
Publisher: Atheneum