Author Spotlight-Michael Fedison

Meet the “Eye-Dancers” crew:

1. Mitchell Brant-incredibly imaginative with a penchant for story-telling. He enjoys reading comic books. He has a little sister named Stephanie, both of whom are upset by their parents’ increasing marital conflicts.

2. Ryan Swinton-a conflict avoider who enjoys telling jokes. He often uses levity to diffuse tense situations. He has a little brother named Tyler.

3. Joe Marma-a vertically-challenged dog whisperer who enjoys a good fist fight. He loves justice, and will not hesitate to stand up and dish out a butt-whipping to a bully or abuser. He calls everyone “bud.”

4. Marc Kuslanski-a geeky, scientifically-minded and somewhat arrogant only child who escapes his loneliness in studying. He longs for a sibling.

When Mitchell, Ryan, and Joe, three sixth-graders) each have the same horrific lucid dream about a young girl with swirling blue eyes three nights in a row, they enlist the help of Marc to help them figure out just what is going on. As a result, all four boys are sucked into an alternate universe where their home town is called Colbyville (instead of Bedford), technology is behind the times, history seems to have been completely rewritten, and even the English language has been altered. The girl in their dreams is calling-begging-for them to save her, but will they get to her in time? Will she be able to help them get back to their own universe?

Laced with adolescent sarcasm and boyish antics, “The Eye-Dancers” is a fun, easy read. It contains elements of fantasy, science fiction, and enough humor to go around. The experience challenges everything that each of the boys thought they firmly believed, and the reader will enjoy watching them grow and change in profound ways. Fedison explores the “butterfly effect” theme (such as what would happen if another person had founded your town), but also tackles themes that are identifiable to Fedison’s targeted age group. These themes include family conflict, loneliness, the desire to fit in, the desire for peer approval, and, ultimately, finding out who you are and accepting yourself as is. I would like to see this book on middle schools’ reading list. This is a heartwarming coming-of-age tale that young people will delight in (and will encourage reading, which has been a challenge for educators all over the country). Readers will LOVE the ending. So don’t be a dribbler and check out The Eye Dancers today.

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