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Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is s ...more
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Published November 16th 2012 by Michael S. Fedison (first published November 15th 2012)
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May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers and adults
When I started this book, I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect as the title made me wonder, “Why are they dancing around an eyeball?” But as it was a book in the science fiction genre, I knew better than to be too inquisitive. Instead, I opened myself up to the storyline and found myself thoroughly enjoying the read by the third chapter. Yes, I was hooked!

The characters of Mitchell, Joe, Ryan, Marc, and the “ghost girl” were all very well described, and they had significant differences in person
Lu J Whitley
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying, I'm not usually much of a fan of YA fiction. Especially this young.
That being said, I loved this book.
Four 12 year old boys - Mitchell, Joe, Ryan, and Marc - come together after three of them begin having the same nightmare about a young girl. They don't know what she wants or why she is haunting them, they only know that she seems to want to take them somewhere. When Mitchell, Joe, and Ryan approach the class brainiac, Marc, he is more than skeptical and tells th
Charline Ratcliff
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Eye-Dancers, by newer author Michael S. Fedison turned out to be quite the fun, YA fantasy read.

Mitchell Brant, one of the stories main protagonists, is a loner of sorts – not because he wants to be, but because he just can't seem to fit in with any of the school's ‘cool’ crowds. It also doesn't help that he’s gained schoolyard infamy as a liar. This isn't the ‘who’ that he wanted to be – he only wanted to be interesting enough to merit the respect of his classmates. Of course, once
Luciana Cavallaro
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story begins with a 12 year old boy, Mitchell, who has bad dreams and one night, it manifests into something more. He confides in his only friend Joe, a swarthy hot-tempered boy. The two realise they are having the same dream and about ‘ghost girl’. A third boy, Ryan is also experiencing the dream. The three decide to have a sleep over to find out what is going on and enlist the help of the class genius Marc. He however, is sceptical and thinks there is a plausible and scientific reason behi ...more
Maggie Thom
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good story of some young boys who get pulled into an alternate universe. The start was very intriguing. The concept was something new and unique. It was like they were pulled back in time except the date was the same but the setting was like it was in a time warp from the 50's. Very likeable and engaging characters that go on an amazing journey, only they have no idea what it is. All they know is that a young girl was able to pull them through time to her world. They soon learn ...more
Sheri Bessi
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story. Gripping for youth and adults alike. Michael has a way of pulling you into the story and leaving you not wanting to leave until you know how it all ends. I highly recommend this book for 13+!
Deborah Dykeman
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Britta Ann Meadows
I don't normally read YA, but I do enjoy time travel-type books and movies. So I thought I would give this one a try. I rated it a 5-star because 'it was amazing' since it was well-written, very thought-provoking, and well-researched. That is saying a lot after some of the books I've read lately with the head-hopping, plot holes, etc. The author didn't 'dumb-down' the characters as I've seen so many times in YA. The author also nailed the teen years of angst and thought patterns. It made me thin ...more
Alexis Chateau
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As many of you know, Michael Fedison is our flagship independent author, and has been since long before we launched black CATastrophy. Naturally, we’re proud of the work we’ve done with him, and how much we’ve contributed to spreading the awareness of his brand and his books.

So since a review from us would likely be overwhelmingly biased in his favor, we decided to take a different approach from the 1 – 5 star setup. We’re sharing five of the toughest lessons you’ll come across in his debut nove
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, u-s-a
The Eye-Dancers is a self-published novel by American author Michael S. Fedison. It’s a young adult sci-fi story, which the author claims to be inspired by his childhood years spent in Western New York State. Aside from being a story about teenagers (the main characters are about 12 years-old), it also gives a new (both for kids and adults) look on the concept of “reality” and its immensity, but put in a very simple and easy may making it approachable and entertaining both for kids and adults.

Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had already gathered, from following the author’s blog that, although the boys who feature in this story are quite young, this wasn’t going to be a straightforward comic book adventure. In fact, the action is secondary to a thoughtful exploration of the individual motivations, personal problems and anxieties of the characters.
Using the vehicle of solving a kidnapping mystery, each of the boys takes a burden of small personal dramas with him into a parallel universe, which becomes more a setti
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old Mitchell Brant can’t sleep. A seven-year-old “ghost girl” haunts his dreams and begs for help. Soon he learns his friends, Joe and Ryan, are having the same dream. But for the three, what they see in sleep seems much more than a dream. When they wake up, the scraped knee is still scraped, the hurt wrist still hurts.

They turn to their friend Marc, who scoffs at their belief in the reality of the supernatural. He takes it upon himself to watch over Mitchell, Joe, and Ryan as the
Jessica Wren-Wilson
Meet the "Eye-Dancers" crew:

1. Mitchell Brant-incredibly imaginative with a penchant for story-telling. He enjoys reading comic books. He has a little sister named Stephanie, both of whom are upset by their parents' increasing marital conflicts.

2. Ryan Swinton-a conflict avoider who enjoys telling jokes. He often uses levity to diffuse tense situations. He has a little brother named Tyler.

3. Joe Marma-a vertically-challenged dog whisperer who enjoys a good fist fight. He loves justice, and will
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Despite not really being one for middlegrade novels I ended up really enjoying The Eye-Dancers. Fedison is a great author, capturing the mentality and language of four seventh grade boys perfectly. With awesome writing, an interesting plot, and unique characters this novel held my interest and made for a great read!

Each of the four boys had a distinct personality paired with a distinct flaw, which they learned to control through
Jack Rochester
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading a novel is to willingly enter the writer's imagination and imaginary world. It is at once an invitation and a relationship based on mutually agreed-upon terms, which can be briefly summarized in two questions: One, Is the story interesting? Two, does it keep me turning pages with interest?

Michael Fedison's first novel, "The Eye-Dancers," satisfies both of these questions for me. I've never read a YA novel before, but I've sure seen enough coming-of-age movies to know it's a viable genre
John W. Howell
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was totally outside my comfort zone of reading material. I have delved a little into fantasy but never contemplated enjoying a YA novel. I was enticed into picking it up since I have been following Michael S Fedison’s blog for about two years and have always wanted to try his book. The genre made me think the book would be geared to younger folks and as a sophisticated reader would be bored. I was totally wrong and wished I had picked this one up earlier.
The story is about four twelve
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
This was an interesting read in many ways. The author has created very compelling characters who speak to you. Each one is unique and the author has managed to create a way of expression and a language which is different for each character carrying the point of view. I liked this, because you could recognize whose point of view it was simply by the language the character used. Also there were no silly descriptions of looks or environments, but everything in that department was placed carefully i ...more
Willow Croft
(possible spoilers, though I tried not to reveal too much)

I like to think that I haven't forgotten, even after all these years, what it was to be a kid.

The world--my world--was a confusing, ugly, terrifying place back even way back when, when I was a kid.

And in the The Eye-Dancers, things haven't changed much, in that aspect, in either of the book's two worlds.

But the kids in Michael S. Fedison's book? They don't wait for grown-ups to listen. They act when they are suddenly thrust in a scary si
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma and Ryan Swinton are three very different boys who just finished sixth grade and are ready to start their summer vacation. Unfortunately for them, they each have been having a terrifying nightmare about a young ghost-like girl. After the third nightmare in a row, they meet up and learn that they have been having the same nightmare! With the help of the class genius, Marc Kuslanski, they hold a sleepover to find a way to solve their dreams. While they are sleeping, Marc ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Michael S. Fedison, author of The Eye-Dancers, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.
A totally new and fresh story regarding travelling to a parallel universe! This story was a new and interesting read for me because I haven’t read any other similar stories before this. I liked the concept very much where we meet a 12 year old boy named Mi
Jackie G Mills
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Eye-dancers by Michael S Fedison is unlike any story I’ve ever read. I don’t usually restrict myself to reading just one genre or age group for that matter, and thought by this time I’d read it all, but this middle grade novel still managed to surprise me.
The story starts with a group of friends all having the same dream, or perhaps rather nightmare, of a young girl pleading for help. After confessing the dreams to each other they discover the similarities and set about finding out how this
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Book Title: The Eye Dancers
Author: Michael Fedison
Book Price: $2.99

Note: I received this book from the Author Michael Fedison with no expectation of a positive review.

A 12 year old boy named Mitchell dreams he saw a 7 year old girl outside his window, he awakes and believes she was a ghost. Mitchell can’t shake the fact that he woke with his knee injured just like in his dream. When Mitchell finds out his friends are having the same dream, he
Kate Rauner
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young readers
Michael S. Fedison and I both write novels, and we've recently found each other's blogs. So we exchanged copies of our books. Here's my review of The Eye-Dancers. Don't worry - no spoilers below.
During a muggy summer between sixth and seventh grade, three friends all have the same strange dream three nights in a row - a nightmare where a ghost-girl begs them for help and compels them to follow her. They enlist the class geek to watch over them as, this time in their sleep, they'll go with her. S
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A tough but lovable gang of characters carries this adventure

I like the characters’ style, with baseball-league-meets-Bugsy-Malone vocabulary; when they’re together, they form a little club. They wear their accents and bravado like they’re trying to be much older than they are, but they’re also pretty tough for their age. This all creates an impression of youth that has just the right amount of realism and theatrics, so that the reader is drawn in and at the same time, relates to the characters.
Elaine Jeremiah
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a highly original story which showcased the author's vivid imagination. When four friends, Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma, Ryan Swinton, start having dreams about a strange little girl who wants them to come with her to help her, they enlist the help of their disbelieving friend Marc Kuslanski to see what happens when they fall asleep and dream together.

When that happens Marc, although not asleep, is sucked in along with them across the void to another parallel universe. It's America and yet
Angela Mortimer
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teenage
Shinning blue eyes from another dimension.

I liked this story straight away; it was a modern version of Enid Blyton Adventure books I'd loved as a child (must admit to reading them even now). True the characters are very different and the ideas have changed but the premise is the same; except we add a dose of science to the mix and a wormhole, how times have changed.
The four friends complement each other; the odd one out, not really part of the group is Marc, or Kuslanski as they call him, furthe
Jennifer Marsh
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Eye-Dancers is a truly wonderful story, and it is heart-warming, if only because of the emotional journey and friendship the four main characters go through together. The interaction of the characters flowed effortlessly and had me smiling many times, and they are believable and likeable, for they each have their own flaws and inhibitions, as well as their own strengths. As the story progressed, I found my opinion constantly changing about these four main characters, but only because it is t ...more
Joanna Fay
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Eye Dancers is a very enjoyable YA read, with a well-paced plot, a satisfying storyline and an excellent group of viewpoint characters. I have a liking for character driven stories, and the contrasting viewpoints of the four main characters works very well here.
Mike Fedison sets up an intriguing ghost mystery, with a simultaneous visitation by what appears to be the ghost of a small girl into the minds of four boys, that then turns into a parallel universe/time travel/kidnap drama. Its stre
Sonya Solomonovich
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Ah, to be back in junior high school! The loneliness, the angst, the debilitating shyness, the budding teenage romance… Reading the Eye-Dancers was like a trip back in time for me as the four main characters struggled with growing up, each in their own way, in a strange and exciting setting.

Joe has a chip on his shoulder about being short for his age. Ryan just wants to make everyone laugh to bolster his self-esteem. Marc is a nerdy kid who wants to feel accepted, and Mitchell is a dreamer and c
Jennifer Chow
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I could get into the mindset of an adolescent boy...but I really enjoyed this book. I loved how there was a journey for each of the characters involved, how they all changed as part of their experience. I had to suspend my disbelief of how it all worked with the mysterious little girl, but otherwise, it was a fun adventure.

Fedison really explores the fears and triumphs of an age when you're on the cusp of adulthood, and I appreciated his honesty in exploring the emotions of the
Katlynn Brooke
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Read!

In the Eye-Dancers by Michael S. Fedison, a group of young boys share a common nightmare. They don’t know what to make of it until they are pulled in to an alternate reality. They must find out why they are pulled in to this reality and if they are able to complete the task that is required of them before they can go back home.

The characters are well fleshed out and believable. It will be possible for young adults and teens to identify with each of them. Although his style is u
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Michael S. Fedison was born in Rochester, New York, and now lives with his wife, Sarah, and regal cat, Luke, in the green hills of central Vermont. Michael has been writing creatively for as long as he can remember, and has had short fiction published in several literary magazines, including "Iconoclast" and "The Written Word." He has several "day jobs," including working as a technical writer, a ...more

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