The Eyes of Kid Midas

The Eyes of Kid Midas

by Neal Shusterman

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Overview

The Eyes of Kid Midas by Neal Shusterman

Kevin Midas is sick of being picked on, teased and tormented. So when he finds a pair of magical sunglasses that give him the power to do—well, anything—he couldn't be happier. At first, Kevin spends his time pulling ice cream cones out of the air and getting every video game he ever wanted. But then he turns to darker wishes. What if he used the glasses to get revenge?

In Neal Shusterman's dark fantasy, one boy finds out that sometimes, getting everything you want can be deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416997504
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 409,913
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at Storyman.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide for:

The Eyes of Kid Midas

by Neal Shusterman

About the Book

Kevin Midas feels he’s not in control of his own life: he’s the current target of Bertram, the school bully (who has nicknamed him “shrimpoid”), and his parents tell him what he can and can’t do. But when he finds a pair of magic sunglasses on a school field trip to a myth-shrouded mountain, everything changes. The glasses somehow turn Kevin’s wishes into reality, and he calls up everything from stereo systems to Lamborghinis. But Kevin soon learns that his wishes can’t be reversed — and it doesn’t take long for his world to go spinning out of control.

Discussion Topics

• As the story begins, Kevin feels like a victim — of the school bully, of his parents, of everything. When he finds the sunglasses, he feels he is finally the master of his own fate. But is he really? Compare how in control of his life he really is before and after he finds the glasses.

• Kevin insists to his friend, Josh, that he’ll be able to control the glasses. Do you think this was ever realistic, or was he always doomed to misuse them? Do you think you’d be able to control them? Why or why not?

• What do you think is the best thing Kevin wished for? What do you think is the worst thing? Why?

• In some ways, the magic sunglasses are a metaphor for addiction: Kevin feels withdrawal when he takes them off, he feels powerful when he uses them. What are some of the other ways that the sunglasses stand in for addiction?

• Kevin’s friend Josh worries that the glasses are some kind of “galactic charge card,” and soon the bill will come due. What are some of the consequences of Kevin’s actions?

• Kevin uses the power of the glasses to make friends by giving people what they want. Is Kevin simply being generous, or is he bribing people to like him? What’s the difference?

• In the novel, as reality shifts, people’s minds adjust to the changes and they believe the world has always been that way. Can you think of a way you’d be able to tell if your reality were shifting around you?

• Imagine a universe where 2 + 2 = 3. What are some of the differences you think you’d find in a world like that?

• At one point in the story, Bertram’s henchman, Hal, steals the glasses from Kevin. Considering everything Kevin does with the glasses, do you think Hal’s use of them could make things worse? In what ways?

• At the end of the story, Kevin has perfect vision and no longer needs his glasses. How else has he been changed?

Activities & Research

• Make a list of all the things you would wish for if you had the sunglasses. In a second column, make a list of the unintended unpleasant consequences you imagine those wishes might have.

• In the novel, Mr. Kirkpatrick, Kevin’s teacher, describes the “Dream Time” as a belief by some native cultures about the impact of dreams on the end of the world. Throughout history, people have had various beliefs about dreams. Choose an ancient or native culture and write a report on their beliefs in dreams.

• The story is called The Eyes of Kid Midas because of parallels to the myth of King Midas. Another obvious influence is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Read those and other stories about people whose wishes come true with unfortunate consequences, and write an essay comparing one or more of them to Kid Midas.

• Kevin feels compelled, ultimately against his will, to use the glasses. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or OCD) is an actual condition where people feel compelled to do certain things, sometimes over and over again, such as opening and closing a door several times before they can actually go through it. Research actual cases of OCD, and discuss the latest treatments.

• In the novel, dentist Frankie Philpot has a local television show devoted to the supernatural. With a group, produce a short TV talk show segment with a “host” interviewing a “guest” who claims to have proof of some supernatural ability. Then have another “guest” question the validity of the proof.

This reading group guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

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Eyes of Kid Midas 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
SecretBookshelf More than 1 year ago
This book was surprisingly good. If I hadn't been a huge fan of Neal Shusterman, I wouldn't have originally picked it up and decided to read it. While starting off with a slow start, by somewhere in the page range of 60-90 pages in, the book really started to get interesting. Once I reached the "turning point" I finished the book in a single sitting. The story, in a whole, was very strange. But, it was a very good kind of strange. Once the build up was complete, it was a 5 star book! All in all, I'm glad I read it. I'm not sure if I would recommend it to you, but I am glad I read it.
Dylan Owsiany More than 1 year ago
dont read editorial review unless you want to read the whole book in a minute
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Neal Shusterman is a book about a magical pair of sun glasses that Kevin Midas finds on the top of a mountain. When ever he wears them he has magical powers. Anything he says will come true.This book was boring for me because the things he does seem stupid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Neal Shusterman has really outdone himself with this book. I literally read the book in two days because i simply could NOT put it down. I kept reading and reading because the story just held me and i could not stop. I applaud Shusterman for wtiring this book. It is amazing and definentely has earned a very high place in my list of best books read. True talent.
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Hhow did the author come up eith yhiss book well... This is what every kid wants everything they want or need
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Help!!!
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seemed kinda spidermany what with the great power comes great responsibility stuff also predictible ending
Ethan Stanfill More than 1 year ago
first review and good book read it twice
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AlexChiem More than 1 year ago
This is my most favorite book of all time!!! It really makes me feel like a kid again, but it also teaches a valuable lesson at the end. I also shared this book to my friends/family members/ and book group they adored it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finished readng this book and thought it was very good. it was the book when i turned to at night when i couldn't sleep, even after i was practically dead asleep, the amzing story pulled me in making me turn page after page. i think that this was a very good bok and i definantly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finished this book today and thought it was an amazing web of adventure, at night i couldnt stop turning page after page hours after my bed time. it was a furius web of insanities, yet... it all made sence, i definately recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is nice for kids or people who love mystery. This book is about a pair of sunglasses that were found on a mountain at a camp that Kevin stays at. The sunglasses have magical powers. The sunglasses lets Kevin get a lot of cool stuff. He gets everything a kid could dream of having. Then the glasses get a little to powerful for him to handle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it isn't as good as Everlost or Unwind, The Eyes of Kid Midas is still a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! all i can is it was amazing the way the author imagined about the flow of the story... it's so amazing.. and as a teen i can somehow relate to Kevin Midas, and just so you know before i read this book.. how i wished to have a power to get the things that i want,but then,as a lesson of the story, we can't get all the things that we want,if we do, lots of things will be affected...attitude,family,surrounding..friends and people who trust you.... tnx