cover image Edward's Eyes

Edward's Eyes

Patricia MacLachlan, , read by Milo Ventimiglia. . S&S Audio, $17.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7435-6911-8

Ventimiglia's soft voice and smooth delivery capture all the notes of fun, sadness and eventually, emergent hope that fill MacLachlan's novel about the powerful bonds of a family's love. Through the flashback memories of Jake, listeners meet Jake's younger brother, the strikingly blue-eyed Edward, a standout in their ever-expanding family for his baseball pitching prowess, his good humor and his ability to “see” signs that other people often miss. Listeners will discern early on that something must have happened to Edward, as Jake's reverent narration—which sometimes sounds wise beyond his years—creates a portrait of a boy who seems to be somewhere else. As the story unfurls, listeners learn Edward's heartbreaking fate and how his family copes. Having tissues on hand for some of the latter chapters may be a good idea, though the tale closes on an uplifting note. Ages 8-up. (Aug.)