by Priscilla Cummings

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Fourteen-year-old Natalie O'Reilly's world is turned upside down with the news that she will soon go blind. As if this weren't shocking enough, she is forced to face the fact that she must now attend a school for the blind to learn Braille and how to use a cane. As Natalie tackles the skills that will help her to survive in a sighted world, she inwardly hopes for a miracle that will save her sight. But will that miracle come, or will she need to learn to embrace her new life?

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ISBN-13: 9781101437148
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/08/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
File size: 326 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Priscilla Cummings lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Blindsided 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings is about how a 14 year old girl named Natalie who has to deal with going blind. She use to be the little miss perfect girl on the block. Natalie lived on a barn and owned about 8 goats. That was until she started going blind. Her world then completely turned upside down. Natalie didn’t like the thought of losing her eyesight. Her parents soon make her go to a school for the blind. She doesn’t feel like she belongs there with all the other blind kids. Natalie must learn how to use a cane, cross the road by herself, and how to read and write braille. Throughout this book you will see her life changing completely forever. Going blind isn’t easy, especially when you are only 14. If you like books that tell a story about someone’s life problems, then this is a book for you. The genre of this book is fiction and is a young adult read. There are some swears and some inappropriate things that they talk about. I enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that I didn’t like so much. I wish we got to know more about the other characters. When reading this book you only get to know the main character really well. All of the other characters are just in the book but you don’t get to know them. I did like the Climax of the book. I thought it was well written and I kept wanting to turn the page. I think this book deserves a 3 star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned so much about blindness. Its amazingly sad and touching. Must read.
Mark Kirchner More than 1 year ago
i got on the 11 th page and loved it! I almost cryed when well youll find out when or if you buy this AMAZING , book i highly recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooo i read this book a while ago and yet it still makes me want to read it and not put it down. It really is touchkng and girls that r 14-16 years old should read it!!!!!natalie is soo cool
ComaCalm More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you were told you were going blind? In Natalie's case, she goes into complete denial, even after being enrolled in a Blind School. There she learns many lessons, other than Braille and using a cane, and makes many friends along the way. The story is a really quick, enjoyable read and I quite enjoyed it. Of course, there were a few things that I didn't enjoy so much, which seems to be a common peeve of readers - Cummings becomes quite extreme at times, throwing so many life lessons and perilous situations at me I felt like a moron. A lot of it is basically saying, 'Look! Blind people can go to the mall if they want to!' and other parts were just silly. Despite this, I really enjoyed Natalie's story. Of the characters, I liked Bree a lot. Despite her attitude when we first meet her, you learn about her past later on and she tries her best to make amends. Natalie is similar, at first she shuns everything, refuses to use her cane but after falling down the stairs and knocking herself out (true) she realises that she can't be in denial forever. I found it a little odd that Natalie was the perfect girl-next-door farm girl, whereas the rest of the characters had some pretty serious histories but I think that was part of Cummings way of drilling life lessons into our heads...
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Natalie is slowly losing her eyesight. When she was about eight, she started to stumble and walk into things. Born without irises, the part that controls the amount of light allowed into the eye, the pressure is continuing to grow. Having endured multiple surgeries and continuous eye drops, Natalie prays that she won't go totally blind. But a few weeks before school is to start, she receives the worst possible news. There is nothing more they can do for Natalie, and now, it's best she be prepared. The doctor tells her that one day, she could wake up and be completely blind. So, with reluctance, she is sent off to the blind school in Baltimore. Natalie considers herself different than everyone else. After all, she can still see. And some of the kids at the school require a lot more help. There's even a sign above her bed that says "Makes own bed." It angers Natalie. Natalie is resistant to what the school wants to teach her. She refuses to use a cane. She can't tell the difference in the Braille dots. She finds the Brailler machine hard to use. It's all so pointless. That is, until the day Natalie has prayed would never happen occurs. She literally wakes up one morning and is unable to see. From that day forward, Natalie is determined to learn all she can. BLINDSIDED follows Natalie as she comes to terms with her disability. It shares her father's denial of her vision loss, her mother's push for Natalie to succeed, and the wonderful teachers that force Natalie to do all that she can. When Natalie is placed in two different situations where her disability could harm her, the reader realizes that blindness doesn't stop someone from living; it just forces them to develop different priorities and strengths.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one, as I do most stories of this type. Cummings has a good voice, and she wrote pretty well developed characters. Natalie is a realistic character, and I could understand what she must have felt and gone through. I got to watch her grow, accept, and her desire to overcome shine through in the end. Some of the events in the book could have been foreshadowed a little less and they would have had a greater effect on me, but that doesn't detract too much. I also wish that I could have gotten to know Bree a little better, but as Natalie said it should be for both her and me maybe a mourning of what could have been. I felt for her when Meredith was struggling with the friendship, and Natalie just wanted her to be there, but I am glad that they were able to bond more in the end. Cummings also hinted at two possible relationship interests, and I wish that would have been explored a little more-- then I could have stayed in this universe a little longer, which I would have been happy about. It was over too soon!
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was all right. It does a good job educating the reader about what blind people have to go through and what they have to learn to get by -- something which I hadn't really thought about before now. However, the story was sometimes a little bit too much like an After School Special, and the foreshadowing was heavy-handed. Like, after a self-defense class it says, "Natalie had no idea how soon she'd have to use those skills." Yeah, Priscilla Cummings, why don't you just stand on a podium and announce that someone is going to attack her?I would give this book a B. It was worth a read, I guess, but I think her others are better.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie started losing her sight when she was eight years old. Now she's 14 and the doctors tell her there's nothing they can do - Natalie will soon become totally blind. So Natalie attends a school for the blind where she will learn to read Braille, use a cane, and defend herself. But inside, Natalie's sure her sight will come back in time. There's a lot going on in this book, but I was intrigued by Natalie's journey into accepting her blindness and figuring out how to move on.
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the premise of Blindsided. I honestly can't even imagine how it is to be blind. It must be especially difficult for someone who is used to having vision and then slowly lose it. And then to completely lose it while you're a teenager must make it that much harder to adapt with everything else that goes on in your life. That being said, I think that Blindsided is one of those books where the overall plot doesn't reach the potential that it can. Blindsided is a very educational book. It tells you sort of what it's like to lose your vision. It tells you...but it doesn't show you. There's very little that happens besides informing you of what blindness is like. In fact, the book just dragged on because very little actually happened after you remove the informative part. There was also very little development to the other characters besides Natalie. I understand that she was the main character, but the author should have given the supporting characters more to do. Blindsided also seemed a bit too preachy for me as in telling "Look! This is what happens when you do these bad things!" and it came off condescending. It seemed like the author had a bit of an agenda. First, there was a minor detail about the students wanting guns to be illegal and adding "Oh, so and so, is blind because someone shot him in the head. With a GUN!". And then there was the issue of the choking game. "Oh!, so and so is blind because he wanted to get high off choking themselves!". But one quote that really got my blood boiling was the one that one student said about her cutting. "Anyway, I'm over it now. The cutting stuff. That was juvenile crap anyway. You know? My little cry for attention". I have friends who have been cutters and I can say that cutting is not "a little juvenile" phase. It's a serious problem. And if cutters are so desperate for attention than why do they HIDE their cuts with long sleeves and bracelets? Sorry. But I call B.S. So, I found Blindsided to be extremely disappointing. I respect the author for wanting to raise awareness about blindness, but this was 95 percent informative and 5 percent actual novel. Those aren't good odds. And I really don't like being beaten over the head with these "moral" lessons and things that teens ALREADY know is bad for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sample only goes to copyright page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazong book! Also one of the saddest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I put my face into this book, I couldn't stop reading! I always had my face in the book! It was very touching. It totally changed my perspective of blind people. I highly recommend this book to you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving it have had it and meant to read it for a while. I am currently loving this book. 2 Thumbs Up! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is touching story filled with laughs and tears.the twist and turns in this book makes me unable to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I love this book read then reread then rereead! Soooooo good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first picked up this book i thought it was going to be an ok book. It really suprized me because it was amazing. When i finished it i didnt want to put it down. I wish so badly that it was a series. I also wish that her relationship with arnab would have gone a little bit farther.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. It had tons of exciting parts like the bear attack and the goat triplets. It also had some really sad parts like when she goes blind and when bree dies. It was a totally awesome book. I totally recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and all i can say is WOW! this book is the best i really wish it was longer but i am so glad i gave this book a second chance read this book! It is faburific
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!!! Such a great book!!! i would DEFINATLY reccomend it to anyone!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont buy books if i cant read some of the book first. So is it good.?