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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Gifted, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Great lit? No. Fun for reluctant readers? Yes.

Book Marilyn Kaye Fantasy 2009
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Gifted.I have only recently started reading these books,and found them really interesting. Looking at the stories from both sides really opens your eyes. Ok the story it really only concerns two characters Amanda Beeson known as Queen Bee and Tracey Devon. After accidentally slipping not the body of Tracey she is panicked into believing that she may be stuck in Tracey's body forever, Amanda has no idea how this came about, and has to work it out for herself. Meanwhile Tracey feels pushed asides after the birth of the Devon 6 who are her siblings, not only pushed aside but completely ignored just like she is invisible, which by the way she is. Amanda takes it upon herself to change Tracey's life for the better whilst trying to figure out how she got there in the first place and trying to work out how to get back to her own body. I'll say no more as I don't want to spoil the story. Read on you will love it

Ok as a parent I have always read to my sons at bedtime. Working my way through all J K Rowlings books. Then I discovered Marilyn Kaye's Gifted series. All I can say is WOW !!! There are 6 books in the series please start at first one out of sight out of mind. The books each have a separate story but still involves the other classmates of room 209. All I will say is that once started I could not put them down.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (8 ):

This book reads like something written by a bright college student: a bit clunky, obvious, beating the reader over the head with the Point. It relies on caricature instead of character, and often violates the cardinal rule of writing class -- show, don't tell! This can happen even to a good writer when he or she churns out books on a series schedule, which values speed over subtlety.

That's not to say that this isn't enjoyable -- it is. It's easy and fluid to read, with an engrossing plot and a few original ideas, including turning the middle school queen of mean into a relatable, sympathetic heroine whose spoiled brashness may actually be a healthier approach to life than the social outcast's self pity. Unfortunately, improving the outcast's life predictably involves getting her better clothes, hair, and makeup. But it also involves getting her to stand up for herself, especially to her own neglectful parents. So, not great literature, but a fun read.

From the Book:
From her prime seat at the best table, Amanda Beeson surveyed the chaotic scene with a sense of well-being. The cafeteria was noisy and messy and not very attractive, but it was part of her little kingdom --- or queendom, if such a word existed. She wasn't wearing any kind of crown, of course, but she felt secure in the knowledge that in this particular hive, she was generally acknowledged as the queen bee.

On either side of her sat two princesses --- Sophie Greene and Britney Teller. The three of them were about to begin their daily assessment of classmates. As always, Amanda kicked off the conversation. "Ohmigod, check out Caroline's sweater! It's way too tight."

Book Details

  • Author: Marilyn Kaye
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication date: June 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 229
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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