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Blindsided Paperback – July 7, 2011
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Grade 6-10 Natalie, 14, knows that her future is becoming dimmer as the loss of her eyesight is a nightmare she can't avoid. Her vision has been diminishing from a congenital disease since she was eight, but now the prognosis is not if, but when. As she states, You can't prepare for going blind. Part of going from denial to acceptance is attending a boarding school for the blind. Hostile, angry, and uncooperative at first, she slowly begins to concentrate on learning Braille, using her cane, taking self-defense classes, and making new friends. This story probes the overlooked gifts of physical normalcy and brings awareness to the tremendous barriers the blind face visible and otherwise. Natalie is a credible character and her fear is palpable and painful. From boarding-school life where she and her roommate are attacked by drunks, to back at her family's farm where all goes wrong, readers follow her emotional and physical struggle. First there's the compromised birth of a goat, and Natalie must reach into the birth canal to save the baby. As she notes Even eyesight wouldn't help her now. Meanwhile, a rabid bear is beating down the barn door. This all-at-once action is a bit over-the-top, but it showcases Natalie's emergence from despair and her capabilities. Readers will enjoy the high drama and heroics. Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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Natalie, 14, is certain she is not like the other students at her new school for the blind near Baltimore. She sees herself as “normal,” even though her vision is slowly disappearing, and at first, she doesn't think she needs to learn Braille or use a white cane. Cummings spent a year with blind students, and she gets the compelling facts and feelings exactly right: the many causes of blindness, sudden and gradual; Natalie's angry denial; the technical specifics about Braille; and the doctors' explanations and therapy suggestions. But this is more than just a message-driven docu-novel, and readers will be caught up in the engaging personal narrative, the spot-on teen talk, and the plot twists, as Natalie and her friend are attacked at night, and she overcomes her fear of walking to the nearby shopping center. The young characters' courage is unforgettable, and so are the heartbreaking details: by habit, Natalie looks out the window, even after her sight loss grows until she sees nothing. Grades 6-10. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The writing was fine, but not particularly great, and the story itself was kind of weak; but you can tell that the author did her research and was careful in telling her story. Overall, it's a pretty good read.
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Worth the money it costs.Thank you for making a good book.