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Seeing Cinderella

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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
Oct 14, 2011 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
Jan 10, 2012 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
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, middle-grade
Seeing Cinderella is a sweet story with a bit of magic rolled in. I loved the characters and the book was a lot of fun. At it's core though, there's a lot of heart. Definitely recommend this one for young readers (or adults who like a good story!) ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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?

Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Middle school is even more complicated when the glasses Callie's optomitrist loans her let her see other people's thoughts. Eventually she learns to "see" that others are not all that different inside. Each chapter begins with a "Super Freaky Glasses Rule" that is some insight into how such magic doesn't really help. Best friends drifting, parents falling apart, immigration, a play of Cinderella and who likes whom all play parts in this story of typical middle school life with a twist. Not overl ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! It was a lot like Calli Be Gold, another 5-star book I read. I only took two days to finish it! Recommend it for anyone!!!!!
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
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5/5 stars
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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
Kiran Galsinh
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book will literally make you worry about what everyone thinks of you. Are they judging what you wore today? Are they laughing about how you did your hair today? Are they judging how you act? These are something’s that Calliope or Callie finds out. Calliope lived a normal life but recently her best friend Ellen is acting weird, her parents are not getting along, and Callie finds out she needs glasses! When the optometrist gives her a pair to borrow, things turn sort of sour right away. Call ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and Adults who like fantasy and comedy.
Recommended to Julie by: Goodreads Giveaway
I thought the story is one of the cutest and funniest I've read in awhile for a children's story! Callie is your average middle grade girl, she has lot's to learn about herself and needed to learn to have confidence in herself as most girls are growing up. Callie needs to wear glasses and ends up with magic glasses that can read peoples thoughts! With the help of the magic glasses she learns things about people she never realized before and makes new friends along the way. She doesn't see hersel ...more
Apr 11, 2012 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
Michelle Rose
Jun 01, 2012 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!
May 13, 2011 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! ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I guess I didn't realize how young this was when I added it to my wish list. Still, it was very cute and if I was in 7th grade, I'm sure I'd have loved it. I'm going to pass it on to a girl who actually is in 7th grade, and hopefully she will enjoy it too. ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute twist on fairy godmother helping out a middle school girl find her vision
Callie gets some magic glasses that help her see what people think , glasses end up helping her and others
Great story for youth about gaining confidence, the true meaning of friendship
Really fun read
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
Chelsey Wolford
May 28, 2012 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
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
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2013 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
Oct 10, 2012 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
Nov 13, 2011 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 23, 2012 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
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.
Elizabeth Lance
Mar 27, 2012 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! ...more
Emily K
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jenny Lundquist's "Seeing Cinderella", is a story about a young girl who is feeling very insecure about her self. Callie wishes she could know just what everyone was thinking. What her friends really think of her, the cute boys opinion on her, everything! One day her eye doctor told her she needed glasses. Callie was so upset to hear this news, because she new everyone would think she is a dork. Little did she know her glasses would help her do a lot more than just see better, but actually have ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I wish I had read this when I was younger. I loved the premise of this and thought it was written really well! I feel like this covered so many issues/ 'lessons' that young children should know about.
I loved the way this was very developed and if I had read this when I was younger then this was would have definitely be a 5 star for me. I really like all the characters and the way it was written had me hooked! I had to finish this in one go.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and I'm glad I read it!
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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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