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August 6, 2008

Now You See It

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Now You See It

Author: Vivian Vande Velde

Page Length: 278

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Wendy returns home for her latest eye doctor appointment with blurred vision thanks to the eye drops he put in her eyes. She discovers a pair of sunglasses on her front lawn and slips them on. Her vision becomes clear and happy. Wendy can suddenly see great with these new sunglasses on. The next day, Wendy wears them to school and suddenly everything has changed. On the way to school, the bus driver witnesses an accident and Wendy sees a ghost. In class, she puts on the glasses and can’t believe her eyes when she sees beautiful, popular Tiffanie as a wrinkled old crone. Soon it seems that Julian and Tiffanie have discovered her secret. Hot on her trail, Wendy hides out at her grandmother’s nursing home until Julian shows up. Wendy runs outside and finds herself taken to another dimension where there are villains, elves, and dragons. Wendy must befriend the creatures and the crone so that she can rescue the prince before it’s too late.

REVIEW: This was an interesting book. It was entertaining and humorous despite the seemingly far-fetched plot. Although who doesn’t wonder and wish that time travel were possible (and what a great journal writing exercise that would make after reading this book)? The author includes just enough teenage feelings and emotions as well as science fiction element to keep the reader engaged and interested in turning the page to discover what will happen next. Students who enjoy books like Inkheart and the Artemis Fowl series would also enjoy this one.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: symbols, characters, plot, conflict, theme, setting, author’s purpose

RELATED BOOKS: The Changeling Prince, A Coming Evil, Being Dead, Witch Dreams, Never Trust a Dead Man

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.vivianvandevelde.com/background.cfm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_Vande_Velde

http://www.geocities.com/~teddarnold/vivian.html

http://www.harcourtbooks.com/authorinterviews/bookinterview_velde.asp

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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