Abby just started Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan. She says it is great!
From the Iowa City Public Library website:
Readers will best remember author Patricia MacLachlan for Sarah, Plain and Tall, Baby, and Journey. Her newest book is Edward’s Eyes and will appeal to readers in grades 4-6. Baby Edward is brought home from the hospital to his large and loving family. His older brother takes an immediate liking, (no loving) to him. Edward seems to know things others don’t know. He sees things in a special way. The storyline follows Edward through the eyes of his older brother, Jake, who recalls later that Edward could throw a perfect knuckleball pitch that no one could hit. The family’s life is filled with music, art, summer vacations on the Cape, and ….baseball. But everything changes when Edward dies tragically in a bicycle accident. His gift of seeing is passed on because Edward’s parents donate his organs. The perfect recipient of Edward’s eyes brings the story to a beautiful and touching conclusion.
Izzy is reading Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Blasts Off! (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. Macguire) by Frances O'Roark Dowell. illustrated by Preston McDaniels.
Phineas L. MacGuire (a.k.a. Mac) is less than up-to-date on planetary happenings. (Marsquakes? Who knew?) If he's going to be the best scientist in the fourth grade, Mac has to set his sights pretty high. To outer space, actually. But Space Camp is expensive. Where is he going to find enough money for a week on Mars (or a pretty close simulation thereof)?
Houston, we have another problem: a gigantic, slobbery dog named Lemon Drop. Mac can earn the money he needs by walking Mrs. McClosky's yellow Lab, but first he needs to survive the walks and the slobber! Good thing Mac is a scientific genius with friends like Ben and Aretha. Together the three of them discover that Lemon Drop is no ordinary dog—that Lab is a real-life Lab-oratory.