Eighty-eight-year old Elva and Courtney, an attractive sixteen-year-old with a severed spinal cord, lie in adjacent beds in a grim Bismarck, North Dakota convalescent home. Ignored by the world, the only resource they have left is their imagination.
As Elva and Courtney go on a fantasy trip to Italy (accompanied by Elva's long dead husband and guided by a 1910 travel book), Elva shows Courtney a new way to envision love. But to accept it, and the gift of the imagination, Courtney must make the trip her own--even if she destroys the art Elva holds most dear.
Written entirely in dialogue, The Mind's Eye can be performed as reader's theater, but it is a fully satisfying novel. In this extraordinarily innovative, profound, and yet readable book Paul Fleischman makes us all feel what a powerful--and dangerous--tool the imagination can be.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|File size:||136 KB|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. His most recent novel, Whirligig, was voted a Best Book of the Year by Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist, and a Notable Book by the New York Times. Paul Fleischman lives in Monterey, California.
Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is also the author of young adult novels including Whirligig and The Mind's Eye, and middle-grade novels including Bull Run and Seedfolks. He lives with his wife in northern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
a very interesting idea for plot but not developed well, too many plot holes and format difficult to read
Mind¿s Eyes is a book about a sixteen-year-old girl named Courtney. She was in a terrible car accident she would never walk again. She was paralyzed from her waist down. When she was only two years old her dad walked out on her and her mother. Then in the book she had said her mom had died the year ago from then. She was stuck with her stepfather after her mom died. She didn¿t like him and the feeling was mutual. That¿s why he put her in the Convalescent home. He didn¿t want to take care of her and right when he put her in the home his little girl friend moved right in with him. The room she was in was shared between three people including Courtney. Their names were Elva and May. May is an older lady with Alzheimer¿s. She says funny random things every once in a while when Courtney and Elva were talking. Elva on the other hand was a very nice lady she had been a teacher in the past years. While Courtney was in the home she goes on an adventure of the mind. The book Mind¿s eyes is a very inspirational book. It is saying that even the worst of bad things could of happen to you, and it is still possible to move on and keep on keeping on. Yet again this book had its down falls also. I had trouble following it at first because of the words. The author had words that were in Italian and for some reason the way he explained things, it confused me. Over all I would probably rate this book, Minds eyes a six in a half or seven. If you are interested you can find this book in stores for $5. 50. The authors name is Paul Fleischman. You should really check this book out.
i give this book a 5 star because it's a strong book that gives a stron g message. The message is saying not to give up inspite of your situation.