The Eyes of Kid Midas

The Eyes of Kid Midas

For Ages: 12 and up
Kevin Midas is sick of being picked on, teased and tormented. So when he finds a pair of magical sunglasses that give him the power to do--well, anything--he couldn't be happier. At first, Kevin spends his time pulling ice cream cones out of the air and getting every video game he ever wanted. But then he turns to darker wishes. What if he used the glasses to get revenge?

In Neal Shusterman's dark fantasy, one boy finds out that sometimes, getting everything you want can be deadly.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 176 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416997504 | 
  • November 2009 | 
  • Grades 7 and up | 
  • Lexile ® 900
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The Eyes of Kid Midas

by Neal Shusterman

About the Book

Kevin Midas feels he’s not in control of his own life: he’s the current target of Bertram, the school bully (who has nicknamed him “shrimpoid”), and his parents tell him what he can and can’t do. But when he finds a pair of magic sunglasses on a school field trip to a myth-shrouded mountain, everything changes. The glasses somehow turn Kevin’s wishes into reality, and he calls up everything from stereo systems to Lamborghinis. But Kevin soon learns that his wishes can’t be reversed — and it doesn’t take long for his world to go spinning out of control.

Discussion Topics

• As the story begins, Kevin feels like a victim — of the school bully, of his parents, of everything. When he finds the sunglasses, he feels he is finally the master of his own fate. But is he really? Compare how in control of his life he really is before and after he finds the glasses.

• Kevin insists to his friend, Josh, that he’ll be able to control the glasses. Do you think this was ever realistic, or was he always doomed to misuse them? Do you think you’d be able to control them? Why or why not?

• What do you think is the best thing Kevin wished for? What do you think is the worst thing? Why?

• In some ways, the magic su see more

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About the Author

Neal Shusterman
Photograph © Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and