Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

XI. Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

So just a disclaimer: I’m not really much of a juvenile fiction reader. In fact, if you are reading this and have some reccomendations for me, PLEASE comment because I’d like to read more next year, as to better provide a little reader’s advisory to my younger patrons.

Anywho. So this was the first solidly “J” book I’ve read since I was a J. Probably before that, since I was one of those obnoxiously precocious reader types during the elementary years. But I read this inside cover of this one and almost fell apart. I had to read it.

Edward is the youngest in a large family. Older brother, Jake, tells us stories of Edward, who stood out as the “special” one in a family full of laughter and warmth. But Edward isn’t the spoiled youngest child you’d expect – his generosity and good nature is apparent even as a child. Through Edward’s eyes, everything is as special as he is. He loves his family, his unborn little sister, and most of all baseball. Until the tragic side of lite intervenes… šŸ˜¦

This book was definitely written for a younger J – 4th or 5th grade, I’d say – and it was reminscent of Marion Bauer’s On My Honor or A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Smith. However, the focus of this book isn’t the tragedy. It’s about the wisdom of children, the importance of family, and the importance of finding small pleasures in life. An ultimately uplifting read.

Buy this for: elementary school avid readers, or those with parents who still read bedtime stories.

Amazon Link | Meet the Author on BookWire

Side note A: Googling this book’s title results in a few too many Robert Pattinson pictures for my liking. No, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I miss Cedric Diggory šŸ˜¦

Side note B: Umm… why didn’t I listen to the audio version of this if it’s read by this guy?

Oh, Jess. I miss you so. Side note B1: why do I hate Jess so much when he’s going out with Rory but then miss him when he’s gone? A mystery.

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