The Eye-Dancers

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.

Review: Three boys keep having the same dreams about a blonde haired girl calling out to them for help. But not all is as it seems when they find themselves being pulled into another world when the girl asks them to keep looking into her large, bright blue irresistible eyes. Finding it all too much to bear, while wanting to understand what’s happening to them, they enlist the help of a fourth boy to watch over them while they sleep…

Fedison has a remarkably creative mind. I cannot remember reading anything quite like The Eye-Dancers. It is very well written and I have no doubt that kids will become mesmerized by this fabulous children’s story.

The only reason for giving four stars rather than five is the pace. I found myself having to briefly reread certain parts after a while before moving on. Other than that, it’s a truly fabulous work.

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