Write Before Your Eyes

Write Before Your Eyes

by Lisa Williams Kline

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Overview

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GRACIE IS always flying under the radar of her overworked parents and outspoken siblings. But when she buys an old journal at a yard sale, Gracie is stunned to realize that everything she writes in the journal comes true—though sometimes in unexpected ways.

At first Gracie uses the journal selfishly, controlling her mother’s BlackBerry and eliminating the dress code at school. But then she starts to think about bigger issues: what about world hunger? Global warming? World peace Unfortunately, before she can make headway on any of those issues, the journal falls into the wrong hands—and soon Gracie and her best friend/crush Dylan are rushing around town trying to undo the damage! This fun, warm, emotionally honest novel is both a fantastic adventure and a testament to the power of writing to change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440422518
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 587,316
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Williams Kline lives with her family in Mooreville, North Carolina. Check her out on the Web at www.lisawilliamskline.com.

Read an Excerpt

One afternoon in mid-September Gracie climbed to the fork in the oak tree behind her family's apartment and opened her new royal blue suede journal. The soft suede changed color slightly when she rubbed her fingers over it. The pages were old and crackly, water-stained, and the lines were thin, college-ruled, like something an adult would write on.  

Now. What to write? That day, in English, Ms. Campanella had quoted a famous poet who said, "There's a dead squirrel in every good poem." When she asked what that meant, Dylan, always the first to raise his hand, said he thought it meant there was no good without evil, no life without death, no beauty without ugliness. Now, as the leaves around her whispered in the breeze, Gracie wrote:  

A squirrel landed on the branch beside Gracie and boldly looked her in the eye.

No more than a second later, when Gracie lifted her pen to write another sentence, she felt the chill passing darkness of a cloud. A yellow leaf on the branch beside her trembled. She glanced over and a mangy-looking squirrel crouched there, flicking its tail. It cocked its head and snared Gracie with its beady little eye.  

Gracie's heart thudded. The squirrel leaped away. Gracie stared at the branch, which was still vibrating slightly, and then at what she'd written.  

Gracie chewed on her pen. Okay, the squirrel had been kind of weird. Probably a total coincidence. She wrote the next thing that popped into her head:  

An acorn fell to the ground.  

She held her breath. Hollow clunks, splats, and bonks sounded, something small hurtling through the leaves and branches. She craned her neck and looked down. An acorn lay at the foot of the trunk.  

Whoa.  

Could it be . . .?  

She sat up straight, her senses suddenly feeling sharper. In third grade she'd hoped that maybe in some old house, she'd walk through a wardrobe full of fur coats into the crystalline snow of Narnia. In fifth grade she'd looked for Platform 9 3/4 whenever she went to a train station. And even as recently as two summers ago at the beach, she'd tried using telepathy to call dolphins like Vicky in Madeleine L'Engle's A Ring of Endless Light. (It hadn't worked.)  

Life was life. Making a peanut butter sandwich every day, going to school, doing homework, loading the dishwasher, listening to everyone argue. Take it or leave it, like it or lump it, this was Gracie's dull and ordinary eighth-grade life.  

But it hadn't been easy, giving up on magic. Now she felt a small thrill of excitement. Could it be? Was she dreaming?  

She drummed her pen on the page. If she really wanted to test it, why hadn't she written something outrageous, like A fuchsia elephant appeared on the horizon? She took a deep breath and wrote:  

A fuschia  

Then she stopped. Was that how you spelled it?  

"Gracie! Dinner! Come set the table!" Dad yelled out the back door.  

Gracie, who normally would have waited a minute or two before responding—just to assert her own free will—slammed shut the blue suede notebook. If she wrote one more thing right now and it didn't happen, she knew she'd be devastated.  

She'd wait until after dinner. This could be amazing. Was it possible that what she thought was happening was really happening? She had to tell Dylan about this. She stuffed the journal into her back jeans pocket and slid to the ground so fast the bark stung her palms.

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Write Before Your Eyes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Gabrielle Blake More than 1 year ago
I havent read this yet but im exited to!! I just wish they didnt cost so much every book on nook does i wish they had a nook libray
Helen Zhang More than 1 year ago
confusing but overall a pretty good book even thourgh the story was quite complicated.
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wendi rayl More than 1 year ago
I finished this in only a couple of days it was amazing book!!! Awesome great
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Jaddey Cabrera More than 1 year ago
this book is sooooo adicting!!!!!!! i really dont like to read but i had to read this book gor a L.A. project soo wen i stared reading it i couldnt stop!
Linda Cox More than 1 year ago
i havent read it yet but i want to beacause it sound good from the summary i might buy it ;) $7$
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