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Shusterman, Neal.
New York :Tor Books, 1994.
IL 5-8  RL 6.5
ISBN: 0812534603
        How would you like to have super powers, better than Spiderman's or Aquaman's?  Suppose you could change things just by thinking about them!
        When Kevin Midas puts on the sunglasses he'd found on top of a mountain, he had super powers.  He could control everything and everyone he saw.  At first he didn't realize this, but he soon found out: he told the local bully to go jump in the lake, and the guy did!  Then Kevin decided to put on a sky show--first the lightning, then the thunder, and then torrents and torrents of rain.  But the storm got out of control--there was too much water, and it was causing floods.  That's when Kevin discovered that he couldn't undo what he'd already done.  But even that didn't stop Kevin.
       He and his friend Josh decided to test the glasses in the mall. They went on a shopping spree and filled Kevin's house with goodies.  Not too long after, Kevin began to notice how much more powerful the glasses seemed to be getting, and how sick he felt when he didn't have them on. Then he realized that things in the world were changing with his every thought --whatever it was.  When people saw no problem with a girl the size of a Barbie doll...or with equations like 2 + 2=3, Kevin knew that something would have to be done.  Having super powers wasn't quite what he'd expected.
        But taking off the glasses wouldn't be easy: they'd attached themselves to his face! (Stacy Charlesbois,  Adult & Young Adult Services Librarian,,  Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan)
SUBJECTS:     Magic -- Fiction.
                        Eyeglasses -- Fiction.


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