Today's guest post, part of a series about the books that influence us in our younger years, is by Michelle Davidson Argyle. It reminds me of how I, too, wanted special telekinetic powers when I was a teen ... but alas, they never materialized ...
One of the most memorable novels of my childhood is The Girl with the Silver Eyes
by Willo Davis Roberts. This book meant a lot to me as a kid, mainly
because it’s about a girl who doesn’t feel like she fits in. I never
felt like I fit in.
Katie, the main character, has silver eyes
and can move things just by thinking about them. I realized, after
reading the book about twenty times, that Katie probably would have felt
like an outcast even if it weren’t for her strange silver eyes. I think
this is one of the first novels that stuck it into my head how
effective it is to give characters physical flaws that can mirror inward
flaws. These days, you see this all over the place in young adult
novels, but back when I was a kid, this kind of paranormal story wasn’t
as “normal” as it is now, so it was exciting and new. I think kids and
young adult readers are still reading this book, so I’m happy it hasn’t
MICHELLE DAVIDSON ARGYLE lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. You can find more of her online at michelledavidsonargyle.com. Her latest book is BONDED:
contains a fairy tale continuation (Cinders, based on Cinderella), a
fairy tale retelling (Thirds, based on One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes),
and a fairy tale prequel (Scales, based on Sleeping Beauty).