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Seeing Cinderella

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Calliope Meadow Anderson wishes her life could be more of a fairy tale—just like the stories she writes. Her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, her parent's marriage is falling apart, and to top things off, she found out she needs hideously large and geeky glasses.

But Callie soon learns they aren't just any glasses—they are magical and let her read people's thoughts. For
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Aladdin Mix
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Stefanie Wass
Dec 07, 2011 Stefanie Wass rated it it was amazing
Top Five Reasons To Read SEEING CINDERELLA, by Jenny Lundquist:

1. The Premise: Calliope Meadow Anderson (“Callie”) finds out she needs glasses. Her new frames are hideously large—a total nightmare, except for one cool feature: When Callie wears them, computer screens appear over everyone’s heads, revealing their innermost thoughts! Suddenly, Callie knows what her best friend, secret crush, and locker partner REALLY think about her. Sometimes, that’s not a good thing.

2. Callie’s new friend Ana: S
Mar 30, 2012 Monaliz rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5/5 stars
Read the review in my blog!

May contain some spoilers
Calliope is kind of a loner and she likes to write stories. She's kind of geeky, and it certainly doesn't help that she'll need glasses.
That's when her sort of fairy godmother steps in, and that's when Callie receives her magical glasses. And they're magical because they let her see people's hidden thoughts. And she realizes that nothing's like she thought it was.

I really don't want to spoil too much, because this is suc
Mar 01, 2012 Aeicha rated it it was amazing
Read the complete and original review at Word Spelunking

THREE WORDS: Charming, Enchanting, Heartwarming

MY REVIEW: With a magical story, fantastic characters, and wonderful writing, Jenny Lundquist’s Seeing Cinderella has captivated and charmed me completely!

Calliope “Callie” Meadow Anderson starts middle school believing she is as far from being like Cinderella as a gal can get. Her parents’ marriage is falling apart, her classmates call her Polka Dot, her best friend is getting chummy with a ne
Calliope (Callie) Meadow Anderson is the quintessential wallflower. By choice. She is content to fade into the background, play second-fiddle to her beautiful and clever best friend and her sole aim in life is to wade through the murky waters of middle-school without any ripples.

Her low self-esteem can also be attributed to the fact that she is far from happy with her appearance. A head full of frizzy red hair, freckles that have earned her the moniker of 'Polka Dot' and the possibility of nerd
Apr 18, 2015 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
My 3rd grade daughter loves to read. I have started looking for books now that she would like as she gets older. So when I saw this book posted on FB I bought an e-copy. I thought it was a fun book with a quirky take on the Cinderella story. Callie, a 7th grader soon to start Jr. High, needs glasses. The optometrist gives Callie a pair of special glasses while hers are on backorder. These glasses give her access to the thoughts of those around her. Callie soon finds out this gift isn't always a ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! It was such a heartfelt and touching story, and throughout the book the main character Callie learns many morals. The morals also taught me many things, which is fabulous! This was truly one of the best books I've read this year. I'm not the kind of
person to enjoy juvenile fiction(I'm more of the fantasy type), but this was definitely an exception! This book was filled with humor, just the right amount of middle-school romance,friendship, and fun and perky twists!
Mar 21, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book. A spunky heroine armed with only her super freaky magic glasses and a plan: survive middle school.

Callie is a unique lead with a unique voice and I love her. LURVE her! I also fell quite hard for the friends and oft frenemies that play their part in this tale.

The spunk and heart of Seeing Cinderella make it a must read for middle graders and the message is one that we all need to hear.

AND the writing! It's delicious and snarky and fun and touching. Very, very touching.

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Lana Krumwiede
I was lucky enough to read an advanced reader copy of this book and may just say, in advance, how FABULOUS it is? I loved the main character and the mysterious glasses and the idea that understanding another person's thoughts makes you see them differently. The voice is so perfectly middle grade. Great humor, middle school drama, friendship, character growth, red hots and fairy god mothers--this book has it all!
Jul 22, 2013 Leona rated it it was amazing
Delightful and charming. A book written for young adults, but can be enjoyed by all.

There is a difference between not seeing and being vision impaired. Which are you?

Mar 10, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!!! I loved it! It's been awhile since I read a book where the main focus is friendship and Jenny did it so well! While this book is a really fun read it also has very important topics and deals with lots of problems normal people face. I loved the characters in this book, they're so real and relatable (probably because this book is in the Mix: real life, real you, series) I loved the character development we get in the characters, especially Callie's! Watching her become mo ...more
Callie is starting 7th grade at a new school. She is ready for a new start. But she finds out she has to get glasses. As if her red frizzy hair and freckles aren't enough, now she has to wear big dorky glasses! But these aren't just any glasses; when she puts them on she sees bubbles over people's heads that show their thoughts. Her glasses let her read people's minds! Suddenly she knows what her best friend, her crush, her mom and everyone else thinks. But knowing what others think isn't always ...more
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
It takes a lot to render me speechless but Seeing Cinderella left me in complete awe. It's been a long time since I read anything from the middle-grade genre but I'm so happy I was offered an advanced review copy of this book because it was brilliant. Lundquist's work is so much more than a simple "fairytale" for young readers. No matter where you live or how old you are, you will be able to relate to this story and its characters.

My favourite was Callie, without any doubts. I loved Callie becau
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I love it when a book is not only written in a way that readers of all ages will be able to identify with it, but it delivers a great message for it's targeted audience. Jenny Lundquist's debut, Seeing Cinderella is a fun, charming, fast paced read that really struck a chord with me. Though I was never shy like the story's main character Callie, I still got her as a character. I remembered what it was like to be in her shoes at that awkward age in middle school when you're trying to discover who ...more
May 28, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it
CHARMING!!! I loved the style of this book and the characters were probably my favorite part. The writing had a very comical twist because at times you just had to burst out laughing at Callie’s awkwardness. If you remember any part of your middle school days then I am sure you can relate to the funny and absurd thoughts that would sometimes enter Callie’s mind. However, she owned her awkwardness! At first she was unsure of whom she was, but I love how Callie realizes that it is perfectly accept ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for gr. 5-9.
Callie is dreading starting 7th grade, and dreading getting glasses for the first time even more. She is given a special pair of extremely dorky looking glasses by an unusual optometrist, and discovers that when she wears them she can see what other people are thinking. This is both good and bad as she struggles with an unpleasant locker-mate, the boy she has a crush on, her best friend, possible new friends, and her absent dad. In the process, she learns that everyone h
Apr 08, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly delightful. When Callie Anderson gets a new pair of glasses the day before she starts middle school, she's astonished to discover that they have magic powers: they let her read other people's thoughts. As Callie navigates her own middle school trauma, each of the girls in her life are also dealing with big issues.

The tone is funny and breezy, the pace is fast, but there is a lot of heart and some very important themes underneath it all. I was reminded (most pleasantly) of Li
Lacey Jordan
Mar 27, 2012 Lacey Jordan rated it it was amazing
I love this book, and I cant wait for my niece to read it! I related to Callie in so many ways. I wish I had this book when I was younger. Middle School was the most insecure and awful experiences of my life. I'm not sure I would want magic glasses to see what everyone else was thinking, but as this book shows....the ability to see doesn't always mean that we truly see things for what they are. Tears could not be held back from many of the things that see faced and laughs couldn't be stifled ove ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this more but this is one of those 'it's me not you' situations. I might have enjoyed it more when I was younger, but I found everything that was happening in the story way too predictable, and Callie's obviously disintegrating relationship with her 'best friend' frustrating. Having said that, there was a definite sense of realism throughout the story and an authentic depiction of Callie's vulnerability which I appreciated, and the premise was still pretty cool.
It was super cute and super relatable. All the friend troubles and fights every teen girl ha had an experience with that. Callie is self conscious and that makes her character more vulnerable. I thought the atmosphere of the book was super cute and I just loved the premise of it. Though predictable at times I still felt everything the characters were going through.
The last thing Calliope wants is glasses, but she needs them. However, the eye doctor has to order in a pair for her, and the loaner pair is super ugly--thick, black, square frames. Then she discovers something about them: they allow her to read other people's thoughts. At first, she's not sure what's going on, actually, but once she figures it out she learns all sorts of things. Granted, some thoughts are better off not being shared, even if no-one knows that Calliope is looking in.

It's a year
Nov 27, 2015 Karla rated it it was amazing
This book is girly with drama so I mostly recommend it to girls. If your a girl you can relate to this book. "'You should've seen the look on his face ...' 'I don't know, Callie. There's something about him,' Ana said...'I don't like his smile. And I think he knows you think he's cute. 'So what? I do think he's cute...'(Lundquist 138)This is an example of how the characters are girly and dramatic. The writing of the book is descriptive. The strength of this book is that it all ties together to ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Adela added it
Seeing Cinderella is a very good book about a girl named Callie. Callie is just starting middle school along with her best friend Ellen. Ellen is very outgoing and wants to join all of the clubs but Callie just wants to fit in. That all changes when Callie goes to the optometrist. He prescribes her with new glasses, but they won’t be ready for a while so he gives her a rental pair. When Callie puts on her glasses at school the next day she notices something crazy, there are little blue screens n ...more
I just finished reading Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist. There is 225 pages and it is nonfiction.


In the book the main Character is Callie. She has trouble in school She has A friend named Ellen and Ellen has a friend named Stacy. Callie can't see very real and she goes to a eye doctor. At first she didn't want glasses but her mom said she needed them and she Studied one if those ketter paper things that eye doctors use to see how bad a person needs glasses. Callie studying the one t
Elizabeth Lance
Mar 27, 2012 Elizabeth Lance rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The main character is funny and quirky, you can identify with her right away. It's a great book for kids. I will definitely be sharing it with my students!
Feb 27, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl that needs glasses. But when hers will take a while to arrive, the glasses she borrows are nothing like she could've imagined... They have the power to allow you to read peoples thoughts.In this story, a girl (Callie) must find out how to use the glasses wisely. She also must find a date for the soon coming up Sadie Hawkins dance, and the glasses come in handy, and she must find out how to get back together with her friends. This book is a roller coaster of fun and surp ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Lina rated it liked it
Hey, I don't know how I ended up reading this book but I am glad that I did. It was surprisingly cool and a perfectly easy ready. I got connected to the story immediately and kept on reading until the end. It was really funny and interesting. A girl visits an optometrist to get a pair of glasses for her eyes and she ends up getting a pair of very ugly but totally magical pair instead. The glasses allow her to see what others are thinking and so she finds out lots of good and bad things about her ...more
Brandy Painter
Oct 15, 2012 Brandy Painter rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist is a light entertaining Middle Grade novel about a girl who learns to see herself and those around her a bit more clearly. With the help of some magic glasses.

Callie Anderson is dreading middle school, even more now that she has to get glasses. And not just any glasses either, super geeky big clunky black glasses. But Callie soon discovers that her glasses are special. With them on she can see anyone's real
Jun 09, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
"Pacificview Middle School reminded me of a science experiment gone wrong. A maze of gray metal lockers snaked in all directions, making me feel like a lost lab rat." Callie is starting middle school with the usual concerns. Her parents are separated again. Then, to top it off, she has to get glasses. As if being called "Polka Dot" because of her freckles isn't bad enough, now they'll have something else to tease her about. But at least she has her BFF, Ellen. Ellen wants to do the whole middle ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aug 20, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Callie needs glasses, so her mother takes her to a run down strip mall where an odd doctor loans her a pair of ugly black frames. When she gets to school that next day, she starts to notice that the glasses allow her to read people's thoughts. This is helpful, because Callie has a lot of problems. She is struggling with math and Spanish, fighting with her best friend, unsure how to help her new neighbor Ana fit in, missing her dad, who has been kicked out of the house, and generally have a miser ...more
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Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with thei ...more
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