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The Window [NOOK Book]

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A girl, blinded by the auto accident that killed her mother, comes to terms with her disability--and her new life. “This is a sensitive and well-told story, inhabited by appealing and believable characters, and given a twist by the unexpected element of the supernatural.”--Kirkus Reviews

When she comes to live with relatives on a Texas farm, fifteen-year-old Mandy encounters the grandmother she never knew and begins to come to ...

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The Window

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Overview

A girl, blinded by the auto accident that killed her mother, comes to terms with her disability--and her new life. “This is a sensitive and well-told story, inhabited by appealing and believable characters, and given a twist by the unexpected element of the supernatural.”--Kirkus Reviews

When she comes to live with relatives on a Texas farm, fifteen-year-old Mandy encounters the grandmother she never knew and begins to come to terms with her blindness caused by the automobile accident that killed her mother.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sherri Byrand
Fifteen-year-old Mandy has a lot to cope with-blinded by the car accident that killed her mother, she must deal with her grief, go to live with the great aunt and uncles she never knew, adjust to a new school and new way of learning, and face ghosts, both real and imagined. All this leaves the author with a lot to cope with, but Ingold does more than cope: she intertwines each subplot into a charming tapestry of love, friendship, recovery, and mysteries solved. As Mandy discovers the strength to live with her blindness while developing a healthy interdependence with friends and family, the readers will be sure to discover a new character to care about. The book's narration is beautifully handled through Mandy. Thus, with the exception of the ghost segments-where Mandy can actually see her grandmother as a young woman-the reader experiences the world from Mandy's point of view, only through sounds, scents, and touch. In the hands of a lesser writer, the ghost subplot would have been a second-rate diversion, but here it is an enchanting development, one that helps Mandy as she comes to terms with the skeletons in her family's closet.
Kirkus Reviews
After the car accident that leaves her blind and kills her mother, Mandy, 15, goes to live with her elderly great-aunt and uncles in Texas. Coping with her grief, blindness, a new school in a new town, and relatives she didn't know existed makes Mandy resentful and angry. Enter Hannah, a classmate assigned to guide Mandy around the building for the first few days, who refuses to tolerate Mandy's self-pity and draws her into normal school and social activities. Mandy also meets Ted, who is deaf, in one of the special classes she takes, and he becomes a friend and more. In addition to settling in at school, Mandy has found that, through her bedroom window, she can "see" her family's unhappy past, gaining an understanding of her guardians, her beloved mother, and the father she never knew. This is a sensitive and well-told story, inhabited by appealing and believable characters, and given a twist by the unexpected element of the supernatural. That element, however, doesn't steal the story's credibility; the scenes outside the window are carried to a wistful, grieving Mandy like whispers on the wind.
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"A sensitive and well-told story, inhabited by appealing and believable characters."—Kirkus Reviews

"[Teens] will enjoy this well-written, realistic story."—VOYA

"A strong and satisfying work."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547745954
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/6/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 818,625
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • File size: 216 KB

Meet the Author

JEANETTE INGOLD, the author of six young adult novels, has been writing since she worked as a reporter on a daily newspaper many years ago. Her novel Hitch was a Christopher Award winner. She lives in Missoula, Montana.
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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Indeed, a must read, especially for teens

    Imagine suddenly losing your eye sight and your only parent at the same moment. Now imagine being thrown into a new world with relatives you’ve never met, in a town you have never seen, and in a school where the faculty are learning how to deal with a blind person at the same time you are trying to learn how to use your cane.

    Jeanette Ingold wrote this book with such depth, I was caught up in the story instantly.

    This isn’t a “feel-sorry-for-me” book, this is a story about a frightened girl whose background has given her courage to navigate her way through a new world, against tremendous odds, while discovering secrets about her family’s past through the only visions available to her ~ those of her ancestors she glimpses out the window of her attic bedroom.

    A wonderful story. Read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    Amazing, Beatiful, and Movin

    I think I've read this book over a hundred times...Its amazing what she overcame and came to terms with just by seeing what the grandmother she never met went through to find herself and where she really belongs. This one of the best books that I've ever read and I will keep reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Inspiring, encouraging, wonderful

    This book has opened my eyes a whole lot. It shows me that I shouldn't let anything push me down. Mary is a wonderful girl who has inspired me to say hi to people with dissabilities because they are just like me but with some larger obstacles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Inspiring, Amazing etc.

    this book was so wonderful. the way she copes with her sight and her mothers death is so great. she brings the past to life and show us that anything is possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    A Outstanding Book

    The Window is a wonderful book that teaches you about disabilities and how to cope with new friends, families, putbacks, and love. I would recomend this to anyone who likes a good book to read. Easy to read and understand. Very detailed. You feel like you are actually Mandy in the story. A great book. Read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    An emotional tragedy that that really makes you realize how we take for granted the simple things.

    This book makes you really think about the life of an adopted mother that never really knew about family, and love. Her daughter is left blinded after a car accident, in which the mother dies. The girl is reunited with the family she never knew about. She is able to help a close friend dealing with similar, but very different problems, while overcoming her own problems that she never understood. There is still more a twist to this book. Everything in this book ties together so neatly and so realistic. I recommend this book to all.

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