PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****
ON A REVIEW SITE:
As an adult who still loves a well written YA novel, I particularly enjoyed reading The Eye-Dancers.
The story begins with a young boy named Mitchell. He keeps having strange dreams about an even stranger girl. The plot thickens when he finds out two of his best friends are also having the same exact dream. They decide to have a sleepover together so they can try to piece the mystery together. Instead they end up in a whole other world that is similar, but not the same, as their own.
Besides an amazing plot, the four main characters were authentic and each had their own unique voice and personalities. The way they interacted was also true to life. As in all true coming of age novels, character growth is central to the story and all of the young characters do grow quite a bit.
Overall it was very well written, and it definitely appeals to both young and old alike. I’m not much into science, but I didn’t have a hard time reading or understanding the “quantum physics” part of the book.
Definitely adding it to my 13 year old daughter’s reading list!
Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is slightly off.
A compulsive liar, constantly telling fantastic stories to garner attention and approval, Mitchell can only wish this were just one more of his tall tales. But it isn’t. It’s all too real. Together, as they confront unexpected and life-threatening dangers, Mitchell and his friends must overcome their bickering and insecurities to learn what happened, where they are, and how to get back home.
The answers can be found only in the mysterious little girl with the blue, hypnotic eyes. The one they had each dreamed of three nights in a row before arriving here. She is their only hope. And, as they eventually discover, they are her only hope.
And time is running out.