Book Recommendations for the blind.

 Personally, reading is one of my most favorite things to do, and being able to relate to a character is a joy like no other. Here I have complied a list of books that those who can't see can read an relate to, or those who are trying to understand visual impairment better can refer to. Even if you are just looking for books to read, these are great! Ranging from biographies of people who have contributed a lot to the community to books that star protagonists or characters that are visually challenged, here are the 20 books I have found to be suitable for this list.

1) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller is one of the most significant figures in recent history, she was an American author, political activist, lecturer and an advocate for the blind-deaf community. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. In her book, which she wrote in college, aged 21, she details her early life as someone and her experiences with Anne Sullivan, her teacher. It is a truly inspiring piece of literature giving us the story of this revolution of a woman. 

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2) Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson
"As Ms. Davidson points out, the blind (and the deaf, for that matter) were often not considered able to be taught. Young Louis was fortunate to have a very understanding father, who was able to find an opportunity for his son at a larger school in Paris. There, he flourished, his young mind not only able to absorb learning, but also apply it. At twelve, he would start to create the alphabet that still bears his name. This is the story of this world-famous alphabet and the boy who invented it." read a review.

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3) Dante's Wood by Lynne Raimondo

"A troubled psychiatrist turns investigator when a young patient confesses to murder. Psychiatrist Mark Angelotti knows that genes don't lie. Or do they? Back at work after a devastating illness, Mark believes he has put his past behind him when he is asked to examine Charlie Dickerson, a mentally handicapped teenager whose wealthy mother insists he is a victim of sexual abuse. Mark diagnoses a different reason for Charlie's ills, but his prescription turns deadly when a teacher is murdered and Charlie confesses to the police. Volunteering to testify on Charlie's behalf, Mark's worst fears are realized when paternity tests show the victim was pregnant with Charlie's child. Now it's up to Mark to prove Charlie's innocence in a case where nothing is as first meets the eye. Not even genes--Mark's or Charlie's--can be trusted to shine a light on the truth."
Part of a 3-book series

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4) Afflicted by Brandon Shire 

"A high-priced male escort and a blind gay man meet by chance. What ensues is a hot, steamy romance by two men looking for something more than a one-night stand. But can they reach beyond their own insecurities to grasp what they really desire?
"Part of a 2-book series.

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5) Russian Dolls by Cristelle Comby

"College student Alexandra Neve never backs down from a challenge. So, when her BFF Irina dies of an apparent suicide, she channels her grief into cracking the case police refuse to touch. After discovering a mysterious list of Russian names in her friend's room, Neve's attempts to retrace Irina's steps nabs her an unexpected crime-solving partner. With the help of her blind history professor Ashford Egan, Neve connects the suspicious death to a recent London murder. But as the Russian mafia closes in, student and teacher alike must quickly find a witness willing to tell all. Because revealing the secrets of a dark enterprise could have deadly consequences."
Part of a 4-book series.

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6) InSight by Polly Iyer

"Psychologist Abigael Gallant fought her way back from her ex-husband's brutal attack that killed their daughter and left her blind. Now she "reads" audio books, runs with a guide at a local track, and has a thriving practice that specializes in treating the newly disabled. The lastthing she needs is another man in her life.
Enter Detective Luke McCallister, a cop forced into counselling a year after a gun blast during a meth lab take-down robbed him of his hearing. Luke is fighting hard to stay on the force, but computer work and fingerprint analysis are not what he has in mind. Initially reluctant to Abby's therapy, Luke's barriers tumble because Abby sees deeper into him than anyone ever cared to.
Though Luke's lip reading is excellent, he refuses to "listen" to Abby's warning that his romantic overture jeopardizes her professional ethics. But when break-ins and threatening computer messages escalate into a physical attack on Abby and her guide dog, Luke walks a fine line between cop, protector, and lover. Unable to deny their physical attraction, Abby and Luke tiptoe around their personal baggage and enter into a delicate relationship.Then Abby is kidnapped. While Luke puts his life at risk to find her, Abby discovers the ghosts of her past are back to haunt her, and the man she once loved was as much of a victim as she."

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7) Light a Single Candle by Beverly Butle

"When Cathy lost her sight at the age of 14, she faced a very different way of life, where her other senses had to take over the work of her eyes. Adjusting to blindness was often easier than handling the reactions of people. One friend who now avoided her her. Another smothered her with too much kindness. Then came the thrill of independence after completing a tough training course with Trudy, her wonderful new guide dog. With her new freedom of movement, Cathy accepted the challenge of going back to public high school."
Part of a 2-book series.

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8) Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstorm

"The Rules
Don't deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.
Don't help me unless I ask. Otherwise you're just getting in my way or bothering me.
Don't be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I'm just like you only smarter Parker Grant doesn't need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart. When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there's only one way to react - shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that's right, her eyes don't work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened - both with Scott, and her dad - the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.
Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom's Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not."

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9) She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

"The feeling that coincidences give us tells us they mean something... But what? What do they mean?
Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers - a skill at which she's remarkably talented. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unravel a series of cryptic messages to find him. The complication: Laureth is blind. Reliant on her other senses and on her brother to survive, Laureth finds that rescuing her father will take all her skill at spotting the extraordinary, and sometimes dangerous, connections in a world full of darkness."

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10) Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

"Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming. Bobby is just plain invisible. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby's new condition; even his dad the physicist can't figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He's a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She's blind, and Bobby can't resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again before it's too late." 
Children's book, part of a 3-book series.

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11) Blind Curve by Annie Solomon

"From Darkness Bullets are whizzing around him, but he can't shoot back. In the middle of a weapons bust, undercover cop Danny Sinofsky suddenly goes blind. Now this man who has always looked out for himself can't cross a room without the help of his mobility instructor, Martha Crowe. Furious and frustrated, he'd almost rather die than live this way-and someone is more than willing to grant him his wish. To Danger Hiding her emotions beneath a calm, practical facade, Martha is sure Danny doesn't remember her, the plain girl from his high school who had a crush on him. When she witnesses an attack on his life, the two are thrown into a safe house, and this man without sight starts to see deep inside the soul of a courageous, passionate woman. Their very lives will depend on their fragile connection-and their ability to move as one, combining Danny's razor-sharp instincts with Martha's eyes. Because an enemy is stalking them both, moving in closer and closer for the kill."

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12) Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings

In many ways, Natalie O'Reilly is a typical fourteen-year-old girl. But a routine visit to the eye doctor produces devastating news: Natalie will lose her sight within a few short months. Suddenly her world is turned upside down. Natalie is sent to a school for the blind to learn skills such as Braille and how to use a cane. Outwardly, she does as she's told; inwardly, she hopes for a miracle that will free her from a dreaded life of blindness. But the miracle does not come, and Natalie ultimately must confront every blind person's dilemma. Will she go home to live scared? Or will she embrace the skills she needs to make it in a world without sight?

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13) The Window by Jeanette Ingold

"Mandy survived the terrible accident that killed her mother, but she was left blind and alone. Now she lives with relatives she doesn't know, attends a new school, and tries to make friends--all the while struggling to function without sight. Her unpredictable life takes its strangest turn when she begins to hear the oddest things through the window of her attic room. In fact, what she hears--and seems to "see"--are events that happened years ago, before she was even born. . . ."

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14) The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz

"Two young Ethiopians grow past their antagonism in this sensitive, from-the-heart tale of refugees fleeing a drought-and violence-stricken land. The only survivors of a massacred family, Sahay and her uncle set out for Sudan, joining, to Sahay's dismay, a band of Ethiopian Jews--the Falasha, or strangers, she has been taught to fear and despise. With them is Rahel, blind and accompanied only by her brother. After a grueling, danger-filled journey, the group's men are turned back at the border. The barrier between Sahay and Rahel falls when, moved by compassion, Sahay becomes Rahel's guide until they reach the refugee camp at Umm Rekuba. The inner strength Rahel draws from her flute, a small bag of Ethiopian soil, and especially, her grandmother's necklace (the stories of Queen Yehudit [Judith], Hirute [Ruth], and others are tied to the beads) helps both girls survive the terror, despair, anger, and grief of being uprooted. Ultimately, Sahay realizes that Rahel and her people are no longer "strangers," and they escape to Jerusalem in a clandestine Israeli airlift."

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15) Girl, Stolenby April Henry

"Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, the car is being stolen.
Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she's blind, he really doesn't know what to do. When his dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes--now there's a reason to keep her.
How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare?"
Part of a 2-book series.

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16) Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

"Missing things is nothing new to sixteen-year-old Roz. She lives with macular degeneration, an eye disease that robs her of her central vision (and, it seems, her best friends). Every day, Roz has to piece together fragments to make sense of the world around her. She's always managed to get along fine without help, but when she's placed in a special needs class, Roz begins a desperate attempt to prove she's "normal" - and soon her world spins out of control. 
A classmate'ss body floats to the surface of Alaska's Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can't remember. Now only Roz's ability to piece together she missed that fateful night can clear her name... and lead to a murderer. But not only has her eyesight betrayed her, her memory has too. How can Roz discover the truth when she can't even trust herself?"
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17) Mom Can't See Me by Sally Alexander

"Alexander, a former teacher who became blind at 28, tells her story from the point of view of her ten-year-old daughter. The brief text and many crisp b&w photos show that ""Mom does some things differently, but mostly she's like other mothers."" Whether vacuuming, cooking with Braille recipes and labels, playing the piano, tiding a tandem bike, shopping with her guide dog, acting as a school volunteer, or giving her children a hug, this mom is a capable, can-do person. She also acknowledges some of the frustrations of being blind and the added responsibilities other members of her family take on. A loving, positive portrait of an inspiring family."

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18) Keep Your Ear on the BallGenevieve Petrillo

"Everybody wants to help Davey. Let me open that. Do you want to hold my hand? Davey has one answer for all, Thanks, but no thanks. Davey is blind? And he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well- meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance? Until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kicks and a trampled base keeper, no one wants Davey on his team. Working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey's unique abilities and his desire for freedom. In this seamless tale, based on a true story, the children realize that interdependence can be just as important and rewarding as independence."

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19)Treasure Islandby Robert Louis Stevenson

"Think of the high seas and of a buccaneer ship; of a wild seaman with a sea chest full of gold; of Long John Silver; of a buried treasure and of young Jim Hawkins, the boy with the treasure map the key to it all.

This is the Treasure Island and if you don't think of all this, the pirates will hunt you down and when they find you, for find you they sure will, they will truss you and carry you back to their ship and just before they feed you to the sharks, as you walk the gangplank with a sword digging sharp and sure into your back, they will sing their one last song for you.

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"
Visually impaired antagonist
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20) The Fault in Our Stars by john Green

"The book is about two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who are also the protagonists and follows their lives when they are diagnosed with terminal cancer. Their lives change completely post diagnosis. Hazel meets Augustus for the very first time at a, support centre for cancer patients and survivors, which she had started to attend. Augustus is there for a remission. This is when they meet each other and their lives see some light again and they feel alive and better. This is a book that has it all be it love, emotion, drama, humour, pain, fear and even death."
Secondary character who loses his sight to cancer.
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Sunday, 20 October 2019