Write Before Your Eyes by Lisa Williams Kline

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TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GRACIE IS always flying under the radar of her overworked parents and outspoken siblings. But when she buys an old journal at a yard sale, Gracie is stunned to realize that everything she writes in the journal comes true—though sometimes in unexpected ways.

At first Gracie uses the journal selfishly, controlling her mother’s BlackBerry and eliminating the dress code at school. But then she starts to think about bigger issues: what about world hunger? Global warming? World peace Unfortunately, before she can make headway on any of those issues, the journal falls into the wrong hands—and soon Gracie and her best friend/crush Dylan are rushing around town trying to undo the damage! This fun, warm, emotionally honest novel is both a fantastic adventure and a testament to the power of writing to change the world.


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About Lisa Williams Kline

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Lisa Williams Kline is the author of Floods, The Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Her stories for children have appeared in Cricket, Cicada, Spider, and Odyssey. She earned her MFA from Queens University. Lisa lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with her veterinarian husband, where their grown daughters visit frequently. In addition to writing, Lisa has also been a tongue-tied disc jockey, a radio copywriter, a zoned-out waitress, and a disorganized but trustworthy veterinary hospital office manager. Recently she learned to drive a forklift. Now she is an editor, writer and English teacher. Lisa enjoys reading, running, watching movies, kayaking, and playing golf.
 
Published October 6, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 194 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Kline’s novel wastes no time with setup when 12-year-old Gracie discovers that the old journal she bought at a yard sale has magical properties: Write something on the pages and it comes true!

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Common Sense Media

the "be careful what you wish for" message is supported by a host of other clichhs, including a grinning Cheshire cat, a subplot where Gracie doesn't know if her brainy crush likes her for real or because of her wish in the book, and an invisibility mishap.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

At first, Gracie uses the journal for small things, like helping her brother get a good grade on a test or eliminating the school dress code, but she plans to work her way up to the big stuff - ending hunger and global warming, creating world peace.

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