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Blind Hardcover – August 7, 2014

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Gr 9 Up—Emma Sasha Silver's life changes when she loses her eyesight in a freak accident at the age of 14. A year after the accident, Emma is still learning how to negotiate her large family, school, and everyday tasks when one of her classmates in the suburban town of Sauberg is found dead. As she struggles to make sense of this sudden death and her own drastically changed life, Emma wonders if losing her sight means she has also lost her chance at a bright future. While excessive descriptions and multiple sideplots make this contemporary novel a bit overstuffed and detract from Emma's growth in the final quarter, it is nevertheless a well-researched and much-needed story. Emma is a capable heroine who manages her disability with realism and grace.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library


Praise for Blind:

"A profound YA debut" —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With traces of John Green’s Looking for Alaska. . . a vivid, sensory tour of the shifting landscapes of blindness and teen relationships" —Kirkus, starred review

"A gracefully written, memorable, and enlightening novel." —Booklist

"A well-researched and much-needed story. Emma is a capable heroine who manages her disability with realism and  grace." —School Library Journal

"The vivid text and the colorful descriptions allow the reader to imagine how and what a blind person sees. . . DeWoskin tells her tale with humor, hope, and powerful reality." —LMC

"Blind. . . allow[s] readers to inhabit another person’s soul so fully that they will be unable to separate the heroine’s pain from their own and become a little less blind to human suffering. . . for sheer emotional profundity and the elusive feeling of living another person's experience through fiction, DeWoskin is hard to beat." —SF Weekly

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Blind is soon to be on the tips of everyone’s tongues.” —, August 2014's Best YA Books

More praise for Rachel DeWoskin:

“Wonderfully engaging . . . captures the way adolescence renders one’s own identity somehow unknowable” —The Boston Globe on Big Girl Small

“Amusing, hypnotic . . . Like a contemporary version of The Wizard of Oz or its coming-of-age antecedent, Alice in Wonderland, Judy’s experiences of adolescence are exhilarating, terrifying, and almost uniformly surreal. —Time Out (New York) on Big Girl Small

“Cultures don’t so much collide as coalesce in DeWoskin’s sparkling debut novel . . . Infusing her multicultural narrative with vibrant observations that glitter with laser-intense acuity, DeWoskin demonstrates a smart, sophisticated literary agility.” —Booklist, starred review, on Repeat After Me

“A tender story of manic love and loss, this is a heartbreaking and uplifting novel with memorably off-kilter leads.” —Publishers Weekly on Repeat After Me

“An intelligent and complex portrait . . . DeWoskin deserves special praise.” —The Wall Street Journal on Foreign Babes in Beijing

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (August 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670785229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670785223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel spent her twenties in China as a consultant, writer, and the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by HBO. Her novel Repeat After Me, about a young American ESL teacher, a troubled Chinese radical, and their unexpected New York romance, won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year award. Her third book, the novel Big Girl Small, is forthcoming from FSG in 2011. Rachel has a BA in English from Columbia and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Rachel divides her time between NYC, Chicago, and Beijing with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fiktshun on September 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
BLIND was such a beautifully written story. There was just something so wonderful about the way the author described how her character, Emma, “saw” the world and people around her. The pictures she painted with her words made me want to close my eyes and imagine I was “seeing” them in the same way. And in trying to put myself in Emma’s shoes I found myself doing this quite often, which of course interrupted the flow.

Emma was not an easy character to connect with or like. Her accident made her prickly, but she seemed to have been not the most likable person even before then. But she was someone who learned and grew as the story progressed and by its end became someone who was very likable. She was strong, sure of herself, accepting of others, forgiving and helpful and brave.

Much of the story was Emma’s inner monologue as she revealed what happened to her, how it affected her, how she fought to return to some sort of normalcy, how she saw her family and friends, how she coped with being blind, how she overcame her fears, and how she was able to reconnect with a world she could no longer see. But that wasn’t the only thing BLIND had to offer.

The death of a student, someone that Emma knew, played a large part in this story. That tragedy somewhat intersected with Emma’s return to her life before her accident and it became something that she tried to grasp onto to understand and to draw parallels to her own situation. While not immediately clear as to why it’s so important to Emma to find answers about what happened to Claire, it will become apparent closer to the story’s end.

BLIND was not only incredibly well-written, heartfelt and emotional, it presented the story in a way that made what happened to Emma not a devastating, life-ending tragedy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maci and Zoe Read Books on February 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Maci's Review- Blind by Rachel DeWoskin is about Emma Silver. Emma has been blinded in an accident that is the tragedy of her small town, until Clarie turns up dead in the lake, a suicide. Emma has to figure out life blind while also trying to understand what happened to Claire. Along with figuring out Claire Emma also has to figure out herself and what life means to her now. This book was very good and it was very real, all the emotions and what it is like to be blind. It also discussed lots of issues that are present today and tested friendships. I liked this book but for about half of it I was confused about what was happening. When I picked it up I thought that it was going to be a murder mystery so I was waiting for that to happen, but it didn't. This book was very good I think that it was just described wrong in the synopsis. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a story about finding yourself or what it is like being blind.

Zoe's Review-I first saw this book at the ALA (American Library Association) conference and I just had to have it. The only problem was that this was not one of the ones that they were giving away. I pestered them again and again about it, but they refused to give it away, unlike they did to the rest of the books at their booth. I was really interested in it just by the cover, I thought the braille was cool and after I read the flap it seemed like it would be really good. But, you can't judge a book my it's cover so the result was disappointment in the book. The back of the book says that it will be about a girl, Emma, who is blind but solves a murder mystery. The only problem is that is not what it is about.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cher D. on August 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me begin by saying this book took my breath away.
Like most people, I have known special needs young adults, and I found Blind to be not only a finely crafted piece of literature but also, and more importantly, a profoundly empathetic book about a young girl's triumph over her challenges and entrance into what the reader is left to believe will be a happy and productive life. In reality, every young adult feels special needs inside, and so Emma speaks not only to them but to every parent and every adult who interacts with an adolescent in our world today. This is by no means a self help book nor is it a maudlin lament about personal suffering. It is a sophisticated, realistic piece of literature, but it has me thinking and rethinking now about how young adults see things, even if they cannot see things. It is Emma's story and written in Emma's first person voice.
Kudos to Rachel Dewoskin for this extraordinary book. This should be at the very top of your young adult list of books to read. As for me, I am going back to search Amazon for other books by Dewoskin, now that I have caught my breath from reading this one.
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Format: Hardcover
How often do we take the things we have for granted? Sometimes we don’t even think about it: our phones, our clothes, our books and even our friends and families. But have you ever thought about your body? What if one day you lose your legs and can’t walk anymore? What would you do if you lost your sight after an accident?

In the novel BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin, this is the reality that Emma has to face waking up from the accident. While watching the fireworks on 4th of July, a rocket backfires into the crowd and strikes her eyes. When she regains consciousness, she’s sure she’s awake because of all the voices surrounding her, but somehow, she can’t see anything. At that moment, she realizes she is blind and her life changes forever. Her mom is having another baby; a sister she will never see. She will never be able to drive, or fall in love or find a job. Emma struggles to define herself and make sense of her life. How will you move on and continue to live a life like this?

In her small town of Sauberg, this is a tragedy, but she determines to be anything but a PBK – poor blind kid. She spends the first few months inside the four walls of her house learning how to read using the braille alphabet, how to use her hearing to identify her surroundings, and how to use the white cane to lead her. The next step is blind school, in the city that is roughly an hour drive from her house. Even though no one can see her, she still hates it very much. She wants to go back to her old high school, where she’s known all her friends since grade school. Through many ups and downs of being the only blind person in the whole town, Emma finally lets her guard down and willing to accept help from others.
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