Book Review: Gifted - Out of Sight, Out of Mind

by Melissa on June 30, 2010 · 0 comments

in 14-17, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Family & Relationships, Fantasy, Lexile 700-799, Part of a series or set, School Life

Title: Gifted - Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Series: Gifted Series
Publisher: Kingfisher
Author: Marilyn Kaye
Age Range: 14-17
Lexile: [?] HL700L
AR Level: [?] 4.7
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Queen of Mean Amanda Beeson, 13, gets the shock of her life when she wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of one of her victims, Tracey Devon. Amanda discovers that Tracey, ignored at home and school, has the ability to become invisible. When Amanda finds herself in a special class that Tracey usually attends, it becomes clear that at Meadowbrook Middle School the definition of “gifted” has a whole other meaning. Can Amanda rescue her one-time target from obscurity and get her own life back on track? In order to do so, she will have to reveal her own startling gift and take her rightful place among Meadowbrook’s very secret clique.


An interesting premise of what happens when a popular girl transports into the life of a non-popular girl. This first book in the series isn’t particularly dark, though there are some social circumstances with parents to be aware of.


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Sexual Content



 A mom drinks alcohol and parties, bringing strangers home to party when her teen daughter is home. Her daughter cleans up when her mother is sick afterwards. A teen smokes cigarettes.


A kid is hit by a car, some description of their fear and pain.


Some pretty rude comments directed towards girls on their appearance by other girls, ‘Check out Caroline’s sweater! It’s way too tight!’ ‘…girls with fat knees shouldn’t wear short skirts.’ Comment to a girl, ‘Are you really going to eat that cupcake? I thought you were on a diet.’ Instance of a dad hitting a mom across the face. ‘Jenna didn’t despise her mother. She was just a poor, weak woman whose husband-Jenna’s father-had walked out on her when she’d gotten pregnant. And she could feel better about herself only by getting drunk or high.’ Some significant social and family situations between kids and parents.


Word usage: Ohmigod. Kids have special powers, they’re ‘gifted’ and can do things like move objects, see the future, transport into some else’s body.

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