The Astonished Eye

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1980s & '90s

Tracy Knight

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Ben Savitch, reporter for The Astonished Eye—America’s famous tabloid journal—finds himself in Elderton, Illinois, the town where he was born. After years of chasing fame, this is the last place he expected to be searching for the elusive exclusive that would put his name on the map. But a UFO landing has been reported in the area, and Savitch intends to be the one to track it down. However, a strange kind of magic is at work in Elderton. Savitch soon meets Almo Parrish, the last surviving Munchkin (or is he?), Chandler Quinn, builder of just about anything (including a TV hero!) and Vida Proust, who seems to be dead (only no one wants to tell her). They all have something to teach Savitch about being human, if only he will take the time to listen--before it’s too late. Tracy Knight takes the story of one man’s search for his identity and blends it into a tale of fantasy, mystery and science fiction, with all the charm of a modern American fable.


Fantasy, Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi,

Short Summary

Ben Savitch, cynical middle-aged reporter for a tabloid, returns to his forgotten hometown when a UFO landing is reported, in hopes of finally making a name for himself, only to find that the UFO and its occupant are the least strange and puzzling aspects of the town.

Seemingly, in order to realize his fame, Ben has invited a Chicago news station to film the UFO. However, what is witnessed is so bizarre that the reporter finds it unusable. Ben has thereby protected his hometown's secrets. It is revealed that Ben died at 4, and was "hoped back to life" by the town


Rural Midwest USA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Ben Savitch

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Insecure, Blunt, Charming, Complex, Desperate, Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeffrey Sprague

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Modest, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Audrey Gayle

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Beautiful, Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Chandler Quinn

Age: 70

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Empathetic, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Adventurous, Educated

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: PS Publishing & Five Star & Stark House Press

Year Published: 2001

Hard Copy Available



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Supplemental Materials

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