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Kaleidoscope Eyes (2009)

by Jen Bryant

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It is the summer of 1968 and the world is in chaos. The Vietnam War is in full swing, young men are being drafted and people are protesting US involvement. Lyza, a 13 year old New Jersey native is struggling to come to terms with her broken family. Lyza's mother has deserted the family, her father works all the time and her sister and she fight constantly. Luckily for Lyza she has her two best friends, Malcom and Carolann. When Lyza's grandfather dies in the summer of 68 he leaves her maps that will provide her with an adventure of a lifetime. This book is written in verse and was a quick but moving read. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction or adventures. ( )
  68papyrus | Apr 18, 2013 |
The time is 1968 when Lyza's grandfather dies and she comes upon a box for her when she is left to clean out his belongings with her father and sister. She enlists the help of her friends, Carolann and Malcolm, to figure out what the cryptic messages and maps contained within are for. While this top secret project is taking place, Malcolm's older brother gets drafted for the Vietnam war, Lyza's hippie sister informs their dad that she thinks Lyza is taking drugs and Lyza's dad who is never home, imposes harsh restrictions on her. What they don't know is that Lyza, Malcolm and Carolann are knee- deep in a mystery that could be very valuable if things are what these kids think they are. This story told in verse is a good reflection of the time period it takes place. 263 pages; good for grades 4-6. ( )
  sgrame | Jan 26, 2013 |
Thirteen year old Lyza is living in difficult times. Its 1968 and the Vietnam War is claiming older brothers of her friends. Drugs and racism are always in the news on television. Closer to home, she has to deal with the death of her beloved grandpa and abandonment by her mom. She also has a sister who seems to enjoy making her life more difficult and an unavailable Dad who works too hard. It isn’t until she is helping her Dad clean out her Grandpa’s home and she finds an envelope with her name written on it in her Grandpa’s handwriting that things begin to change. The rest of her summer is spent searching for answers. Why did Grandpa leave her three maps, a key and a mystery? When was a good time to share the gift with her family? With the help of her friends, Lyza finds some of her answers and a little hope along the way.
Written in lyrical verse, this story is about living in the past, the present and the future. Preteen and teen readers will enjoy the treasure hunt and the look at the recent past of the late 1960s. They will understand the difficulties of living in a community where hope seems to be failing. The story is divided into poems rather than chapters and is appealing and easy read. Lyza’s with her thirteen year old comprehension of what is happening around her doesn’t make judgments on the people or the time. Instead the reader is allowed to experience both with her and share some of her questions. Kaleidoscope Eyes is a good choice for a middle school or public young adult library collection. Grades 6-8 ( )
  Irishdart | May 19, 2012 |
When Lyza helps her dad clean out her late grandfather’s house, a mysterious surprise brightens the sad task. In Gramps’s dusty attic, Lyza discovers three maps, carefully folded and stacked, bound by a single rubber band. On top, an envelope says “For Lyza ONLY.” What could this possibly be? It takes the help of her two best friends, Malcolm and Carolann, to figure out that the maps reveal three possible spots in their own New Jersey town where Captain Kidd (the Captain Kidd, seventeenth-century pirate) may have buried a treasure. Can three thirteen-year-olds actually conduct a secret treasure hunt? And what will they find? ( )
  robynr | Apr 19, 2012 |
4Q 3P

Quote:
...
I take the stairs two at a time.
Dad never cares where I am.
He never calls when I'm with
Carolann's family. So this
can only mean one thing:
someone else is dead. (page 96 of eBook version) ( )
  ShaneCasebeer | May 30, 2011 |
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Now and then we had a hope
that if we lived and were good,
God would permit us to be pirates.
--from Life on the Mississippi
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Will Lyza’s 1968 summer mystery lead to . . . pirate treasure?

When Lyza helps her dad clean out her late grandfather’s house, a mysterious surprise brightens the sad task. In Gramps’s dusty attic, Lyza discovers three maps, carefully folded and stacked, bound by a single rubber band. On top, an envelope says “For Lyza ONLY.” What could this possibly be? It takes the help of her two best friends, Malcolm and Carolann, to figure out that the maps reveal three possible spots in their own New Jersey town where Captain Kidd (the Captain Kidd, seventeenth-century pirate) may have buried a treasure. Can three thirteen-year-olds actually conduct a secret treasure hunt? And what will they find?

In a tale inspired by a true story of buried treasure, Jen Bryant weaves an emotional and suspenseful novel in poems, all set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War during a pivotal year in U.S. history.

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In 1968, with the Vietnam War raging, thirteen-year-old Lyza inherits a project from her deceased grandfather, who had been using his knowledge of maps and the geography of Lyza's New Jersey hometown to locate the lost treasure of Captain Kidd.

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