Brief Look at the Story
Edward's Eyes tells the story of a very close family. At the center of this family is Edward, a loving boy with a knack for baseball. This family is wound tightly together, and at the beginning of the story all eagerly await the birth of a new sister. They're so close and secure with one another that the children call the parents by their first names rather than the often obligatory "mom" and "dad."
It seems as if this family's happiness could not be surpassed, but that world is turned upside down when Edward rides his bike off to the store and never comes home.
His death strikes at the heart of the family, but they find hope in donating Edward's corneas to science, eventually connecting with the man who benefited from them.
Edward's Eyes is not Captain Underpants, and you wouldn't want it to be. I found myself even as the teacher having to go back and sort out the characters, as there are several family members, and the way the author sets up the scenes children have to make inferences about what happened to Edward earlier on before it's altogether revealed what happened. The book evoked much discussion in class and was good for predictions, inferences and thoughtful reflection. it is a short chapter book geared for an intermediate audience.
I had my students get a copy for the beginning of the year so we could start it as a whole class book study. It's a great book to start the year.