Edward’s Eyes

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Patricia MacLachlan, Author

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Fiction, 2007

Suitable for Ages: 8-12

Themes: Family relationships, Baseball, Death, Donation of Organs

Book Jacket Synopsis: “Jake is part of an extraordinary family. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect knuckleball. It was a pitch you could not hit. That same year, Jake learned there are also some things you cannot hold.”

Why I liked Edward’s Eyes:

  • Patricia MacLachlan’s unforgettable story is about family relationships, love, laughter and loss. It is a well-written story that is uplifting from the start. It may be about a loss, but is also realistic and inspiring. Some may feel the story is sad, but I experienced it with wonder and awe.
  • Edward’s Eyes is narrated by Jake, who is the youngest until Edward is born. From the first moment Jake looks into baby Edward’s beautiful dark blue eyes, he knows his brother is special. Jake becomes his brother’s teacher. Through Jake we get a sense of a very strong family (five children) that love, play, and raise each other. Edward grows into a a kind, friendly and thoughtful old soul. He seems to know things before anyone else, like his mother is going to have a baby girl and she’ll be named Sabine.
  • The characters are all memorable and well-developed. The pacing is perfect for this short novel and it has the right amount of tension, especially when tragedy unexpectedly strikes the family and community.
  • MacLachlan succeeds in creating an experience for young readers. The language is simple and not complicated. I love the emphasis on a family that supports and treats each other with respect. It’s also a good baseball story that includes community and Edward’s famous knuckleball pitch. And MacLachlan knows how to pack an emotional punch. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but this heartfelt story will tug at your heart, put a smile on your face, and fill you with hope.

Patricia MacLachlan is a Newberry Medalist for her book Sarah, Plain and Tall. I reviewed her powerful 2013 picture book about grief and renewal, Snowflakes Fall, which was dedicated to the families of Newtown and Sandy Hook, CT. I also reviewed Fly Away and The Truth of Me,  both middle grade novels about complicated family relationships.

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17 thoughts on “Edward’s Eyes

  1. Patricia MacLachlan is such a good writer. Sounds like this book is up to her usual standards. Children need to read about families that stick together through good times and bad. Having lost a special, younger brother before he became an adult, this one resonated with me.

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    • Patricia MacLachlan really knows her voice and uses it to write such moving novels. Edward’s Eye’s is heartbreaking and breathtaking at the same time. I think this book would resonate with you. It is a short novel.

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  2. I haven’t heard of this title though I have read several other books by Patricia. The story sounds like a great read and I’ve added it to my future read list. Thanks for the heads-up on this one.

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  3. Patricia MacLachlan has a way with words…I couldn’t believe how much of an emotional punch she managed to get into a short book like Sarah Plain And Tall. No wonder she’s in Jane Yolen’s critique group. 🙂 I’m sure this book is a winner, too.

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  4. I love this book. It is one of my “go to” books when someone is looking for something baseball-related and I know that by putting this book in their hands they are getting SOOOO much more. Thank you for sharing this review and letting more folks know about this beautifully written story.

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  5. So many layers and depths to this story. I feel I should buy it for the school library. Your review has made me place this one on hold at the library!

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