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Edward's Eyes

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  298 reviews
Jake is a 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 ...more
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Emma Grace
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I heard it was sad. But that?! Help me! :(
Warning: MAJOR Spoilers ahead! Do not read unless you have read this book, or are at least past page 85

That was a really quick read. Literally took me 45 minutes or so. And wow, was it emotional.

At first I was ticked off. There's this kid who everyone practically worships! "He's so perfect!" they say, "Look at his eyes!", they say. I was like, "He's just a kid! He's not that great!". But then I was under Edward's spell like everyone else. Wow!

And then IT happened. Edward died! (I did say major
Jan 03, 2009 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Patricia MacLachlan, and I enjoyed reading it, and although it is sad, it teaches a good lesson. I didn't like the ending very much, but then I read the epilogue and I liked how that wrapped the story up.
This book was intended for grades 3-7 because it is a quick and easy read, but I don't think this is the kind of book that a 8-12 year old would enjoy or want to read. I think mature/older readers would enjoy this more, but I would encourage anyone to read this if they
Macey J
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
this is a story about a boy named Edward. He plays baseball and is one of the best in his town. But, then everything went downhill.
One thing i liked about Edward is that he isnt conceeded like most people that are really good at something. Something that bothered me is that, i was really confused about which character was who. This is a really sweet story. Until Edward had to be rushed to the hospital. They took Edwards eyes. People who like to read realistic fiction books about sports would
Susan  Dunn
Dec 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Just read this one for SSBRC - the newest Patricia MacLachlan. So good! Ever since his little brother Edward was born, Jake has taken care of him. Theirs is a large family and the sibling look out for one another as much as the parents do. Jake toilet trains Edward, teaches him to read, and instructs him in the rules of baseball. Edward LOVES baseball, and the summer he is 8 he teaches himself to throw a knuckleball that none of the neighborhood kids can hit.
I don't want to give away the ending
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was a so-so book but the ending was sad... I love a good emotional book but... I like happy endings more. I know I'm talking fairytale stories but it feels good when you know that a book has a happy ending...
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first I thought this book was trying too hard to make me read between the lines, but I did like how it wrapped up. I think it is one of those where you know what is going to happen in the end, so the middle becomes painful because you know what's coming. I got a little teary reading this one, but it left me with a happy feeling. I look forward to reading it with my children when they are a bit older--I think it will give us the opportunity to talk about important topics (organ donation, ...more
Razan Yaqoub
great book!!*spoiler* i truly expected the ending in which Edward died, really. though it is really a great story from Patricia MacLachlan!!
zane deann
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
My poor heart. ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't really understand this book. I feel like this reads more like a first draft than a finished book.

There are so many names flying around that it's hard to keep track of the characters. Jake calls his parents and all other adults - even police officers and nurses - by their first names, which means it's just a flurry of names. I'm still unsure of who Trick is. I don't know any of the neighborhood kids, despite having a list of their names in just about every chapter. Other than the fact
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jake is lucky. He has a life filled with art, music, books, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has 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. And Edward's eyes. They were so beautiful, you could spend hours staring at them. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
I loved this one too- it's very short and the story is very simple, but also profound. It deals with the death of a child, introducing it from the beginning so that it's not a shock but almost a relief when it inevitably arrives. Also, the author demonstrated a lot of skill by not dwelling on the death but on the set up of his life and then the resolution. Additionally, while non-conventional and large, the family is completely believable. One last thing to hit- the subject of organ donation is ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Patricia MacLachlan was one of my favorite authors as a kid and still is. Her books tend to be short but you don't forget about them. This book has a little bit of everything: music, books, family, friends, summer, and baseball. Actually, make that a lot of baseball. Edward is an avid baseball player who learns how to master a knuckle ball pitch. Jake, Edward's big brother, knows how special Edward is. Once you read the book, you'll start to understand how special Edward is, too. The tragedy ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
MacLachlan's language is always beautiful -- such dexterity and skills! Like someone else wondered on Goodreads, I, too, wonder whom this book is for. When Marylou Harris and James Taylor are mentioned without any explanation (making them sound like they are characters "in the kitchen" with Maeves,) you know that some nostalgia is behind these scenes. The story is set near now since there is the easy and powerful internet for the 90 year-old Trick, but the household feels very quaint. (I did ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great book. Feelings and emotions- extremely strong. When Edward died at the end, I completely had a mental breakdown. Jake loved his little brother so much. Edward and him had a very STRONG connection. Got so much anecdotes in the book. Plus, Edward was going to give Sabine a hat the shows Edward's love for baseball. My classmates and I loved it!
Deana Starnes
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Read this book yesterday after school. It took about an hour to read it. If you are looking for a quick read - this is the book for you. It is sorta sad at the end, but uplifting also. Another one of the Charlie May Simon series.
Joanne G.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I like MacLachlan, especially her prairie stories. This isn't one of those, and I found it too convenient, too contrived. It is a sweet, moving story, but it's evident what is going to happen from the very start, and it's a matter of waiting for it to happen.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book to read if you like baseball or sad and happy stories. I liked this book because it was abou t baseball and i love baseball. YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Caitlyn M
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Edward's Eyes has a great plot and it has a good story. In Edward's Eyes, it is about a boy named Jake, his mom and dad, Maeve and Jack, give everyone of their kids a friend. Jake gets Edward. Edward is very smart and loves baseball, he even knows a cool trick, In the end Edward gets a baby girl, then he leaves and... something happens!
In this book their are so many different characters, but I am going to talk about Jake and Edward. Jake is Edwards gardian, but they are very different. Edward
Naomi Campbell
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
As always, I just picked this book knowing nothing in the world about it and not reading any reviews or being told anything either. I read it in about an hour, and I wasn't reading very quickly. It was a bit hard to follow, and it was very deep. I mean, it was simple, had to really concentrate to get the characters right at the beginning and when you did you wanted to go back to the front and re-read the prologue. I of course made myself WAIT and re-read it again after I had read the ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her very gentle and compelling way, Patricia MacLachlan takes on another hard topic and writes it so beautifully that even a preteen will enjoy this book (may want to share with an adult to discuss).

The personalities of all the characters come through effortlessly. It'a real family with real emotions and honest dialogue.

When newborn Edward is brought home from the hospital, the first action his mother takes is to lay him in the arms of his three year old brother, who then helps Edward
Angelica Shiels
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edward was born into an amazing family, with his best friend, his older brother here to raise him and teach him everything he needs to know about the world. Between baseball and imagination, Edward and his brother Jake have a pretty basic story. That is until, Their parents start holding them at higher level of responsibility, and they have to face the fact that its time to grow up and that they don't always have time to be little kids anymore. However, this still doesn't stop the adventurous ...more
Jon Paulson
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. I almost gave up on it after the preface though - I was listening to it via my Hoopla app and I was totally confused. It is a short 2 hour book that came highly recommended so I decided to listen longer and I'm glad I did - great touching story. Thankfully I remembered about the confusing preface when I finished listening because I decided to listen to that part again and this time it made a lot of sense. Without spoiling it anything I'll say this - it really helps you ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Though tackling difficult subjects, MacLachlan’s simple style of writing helps readers understand the love and pain felt by this young family. I’m not sure why she inserted all sorts of song lyrics into the book. Perhaps it was to show how music was one of the many ways the family had fun and grew more united. Would one of my readers care to give a response on my blog? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Read the rest of the review on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book I picked up at our local library's annual book sale. It originally appeared to be sick-lit, but that's not what this is. I won't say more because I don't want to ruin it for you.

Overall, it's well-written and I liked that it was told from the point of view of Edward's older brother. I thought it was a little complex for the age range, but probably would be okay with the older kids.

A good read, worth the time and thought.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ed Quigley
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
My 10 year old has taken to recommending books to me. I'm not sure how to take that but for now I appreciate that she thinks of me and that I'd like it. This is a middle grade book and an easy one at that (reading wise). It deals with a difficult subject in a wonderful way. And Patricia MacLachlan is a wonderful writer.
Addison P
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It really will tug on your heart strings just a little bit. I highly recommend this book to someone that really enjoys reading a story that is not that adventurous or a mystery but still is a good enough book you will want to read again and again. This book will definitely make you go on the edge of your seat.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The last book a teacher ever read aloud to me in school. It left a deep, beautiful impression on me, and every once and a while, like today, something will remind me of it and I will be filled with the feelings the book imparted on me.
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Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western ...more