According to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau report, 6.2 percent of the United States population between ages five and 15 has some kind of disability, 1.1 percent specifically with a sight or hearing impairment. The teen character in this book learns to cope with her blindness and finds new courage along the way.

CUMMINGS, Priscilla. Blindsided. Dutton. 2010. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-525-42161-0. Gr 6-10-

Natalie's congenital eye disease continues to progress, and now at 14 years old she is told to prepare for going completely blind. After spending time at a school for the blind to learn how to use a cane and read Braille, she has the tools but not the confidence to go back into the world. A strange turn of events at her family's farm proves to Natalie that she has the skills and courage to not only survive, but to thrive.

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