Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 5 to 8
- Reading age: 10 to 13
A summer trip to Greece seems like the perfect chance for thirteen-year-old Dani to spend some time on the beach, help her bookish best friend Cathy get her first kiss, and maybe find some summer romance of her own. But when bad luck begins to strike over and over, and continues to strike when she returns to her home in Toronto, Dani starts to wonder if she is cursed. Literally. Cathy tells of the “evil eye,” and warns that a curse may have been put on Dani by a mysterious girl whose path she crossed in Greece. Dani gets sick, injured, and her family car is vandalized. Is it the “evil eye,” or is someone out to get Dani? And what bizarre lengths will Dani go to as she tries to get the curse lifted?
Combining the humorous and the sinister, Bye-Bye, Evil Eye is an engaging read from Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Deborah Kerbel.
About the author
Deborah Kerbel is the author of several picture books, including Before You Were Born, When Molly Drew Dogs, and the award-winning Sun Dog, as well as novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Born in London, England, she moved to Canada at the age of two and went on to attend the University of Western Ontario. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year, and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving children, and a schnoodle named Alfredo.
- Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award
“Kerbel has a knack for transporting you to wherever the story takes you, using strong sensory descriptions that don’t seem flowery or overdone.[…] Bye-Bye, Evil Eye was delightful, and had me reading the whole book in one sitting – a great read for your twelve-plus reader! ”
Lost in a Great Book
“Bye-Bye, Evil Eye will give young readers a bit of escapism, a bit of boy-girl crushing, a little girl drama, and some mother issues. Reality and fancy all wrapped in a delightful tale in which not everything is as it seems.”
CanLit for Little Canadians
“Kerbel’s novel is readable and engaging. I applaud her ability to take a fresh perspective and explore gender identity and the complexities of culture.”