THE SEEING SUMMER by Jeannette Eyerly


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Hopping on one foot,"" as the mechanical first sentence begins, Carrie fights back tears of disappointment that the house next door is still vacant, not sold to a family with another ten-year-old girl as she had dreamed last night. But wait--there is a SOLD stuck over the FOR SALE sign, and when the new family arrives there is a ten-year-old girl. The trouble is that she's blind, and prickly about being gingerly handled, and at first Carrie wants nothing to do with her new neighbor. But soon she and Jenny are the best of friends, laughing together at the silly folks who think blind kids can't do normal things. Reluctantly at first, Carrie even learns braille so that she and Jenny can pass messages from window to window on the rope-and-pulley rigged up by their fathers. As Eyerly's opening demonstrates, this is a flat and routinely constructed story, but it has two features well calculated to hold young readers: first, the ordinary details of how blind children not only cope but prevail; and second, an unoriginal but serviceable adventure in which the girls are kidnapped for ransom (Jenny's grandfather is rich and famous) and Jenny leads the way to escape through the pitch-dark warehouse where they are hold.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1982
Publisher: Lippincott