Strangest Books of the Week #11
by Enrique Barrios, illustrated by Glen Stock, 1989 ISBN 0914955055
We have two copies of this book (update: Ami and Starborn have sold on eBay), one of which is currently listed for sale on Amazon (and no, I have no clue why the value is that high). From the back cover:
…a bestseller in South America, “Ami” is now translated into English for the first time. Written for children of all ages, this small but powerful book carries such a vital message for humankind that the Vatican has given the author Enrique Barrios an apostolic blessing. From the first page to the last, the story places the reader in a world of wonder, a world which could, one day, be our own.
THE VATICAN APPROVES OF A CHILDREN’S BOOK FILED UNDER UFOLOGY? Wow.
by John Nelson, 1984 ISBN 091544268x
From the back cover:
Edward Dolittle was already twenty lifetimes behind his class. So when he forgot to close down his memory banks and was born with all his mental and psychic faculties intact, he had a grand opportunity to learn some valuable lessons. But Edward was more interested in having a good time than in assuming responsibility for his incredible powers. When Dr. Abigail Peterson raised an army of child psychics who planned to take the world over and make it safe for happiness, it was time to make a choice.
Will Edward find his cosmic self and foil her plans? Starborn can be taken on an allegorical level or enjoyed for the sheer fun of it all. It’s a whimsical tale of high misadventure that examines many basic spiritual concepts in an entertaining and provocative manner.
Sounds like a mash-up of Daniel Pinkwater and some contemporary dystopian YA novel, with a large dose of quintessentially ’80s new age/sci-fi mysticism shoe-horned in. I might have to read it some time!