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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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
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Alisha Marie
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.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 Nata
Blindsided is about Natalie, who, at first, appears to be a perfectly normal 14yr old. But one of her regular visits to the doctor brings grave news: Natalie will lose her sight. She is sent to the school of the blind, where she has to choose between living scared or living life.

I decided to read this book because it was different from what I usually read. It completes the category of term 1's theme: social injustice. The book talks about Natalie's physical and mental struggles as she loses her
Britt Leigh
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This book is an Amazing book introducing you to the world of the blind. It really opens your eyes and shows you what its like to be blind and can't see your future [literary]! Natalie overcomes the fact that she is blind and won't be able to do the things that normal people do. She doesn't want to take the fact that she's gonna be blind. Since she is loosing her vision little by little she needs to learn the techniques of a blind person to go on with the rest of her life. This book is an amazing ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Tasha rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Natalie has been losing her sight since she was eight. She is still able to see in a tunneled form, but then receives the news that she will lose her sight completely in a short period of time. Natalie is sent to a school for the blind to learn the skills she will need to have when she is blind. She is taught Braille and how to walk with a cane. But she doesn’t consider herself in the same situation as the other teens at the school. They are blind and she is not. She does learn the skills, but i ...more
Cummings does an excellent job of presenting the practical side of becoming blind as a teenager - the logistics of moving to a school across the state, the new curriculum, the frustration at having to essentially learn a whole new language (Braille) and how to function in the world. I found these insights interesting, but considering they make up the bulk of the novel, not enough to create a compelling story.

Far too much emphasis is placed on amazement at what blind people can do - walk a whole
I'm giving this three stars because it has a good message for teens, but I didn't like it that much.

The first thing that really put me off was the description on the back of the book. It makes you think Natalie didn't have a clue she was about to go blind. Well, she'd been told for years she would lose her sight, she was just in denial. But she had a genetic condition that caused glaucoma, and even after seven surgeries she was hoping she wouldn't go blind.

So, false advertising. Not cool.

Lauryn Hull
Blindsided is an extraordinary book about coming to terms with who you really are, and accepting it. Natalie O'Reilly is a typical 14 year old girl. One that wants to fit in with everyone and to feel accepted. But you can't if you're blind. It all happens when she goes to her eye doctor for a regular visit, and finds out that she will lose all of her eyesight in a few months. She is devastated, and even though she didn't lose her eyesight , she has to go to a special school to learn the skills t ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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 h
The summer before my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to go to Alaska. I got to see killer whales, glaciers and all kinds of fish up close. The following spring, I went to Paris with my French class. I got to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Le Chateau de Chambord, World War II monuments and so many other things. I thought of these experiences while reading Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings.

What if I had not been able to see all of that? It would have been a totally different ex
I picked this book up on a whim. It's definitely not how the description says it is: what it's really about is a blind girl who is learning how to use a cane and how to read Braille.

Her acceptance of being blind is sudden and unrealistic: one fall down some stairs and suddenly she's perfectly fine with being blind. Her blindness was even unrealistic: the doctors in the book said her vision would deteriorate over time, yet her blindness seemed to come overnight. Is this a plot hole? Or did the a
This book was very different than other books that I've read. For one, it's about a girl who loses her sight and now that I think about it I think it's really weird I haven't read a book about someone with a disability. Ever since I was little I've always thought about the perspectives of other people and wondered what it felt like to not have one of your senses.

Blindsided opened my eyes to so many things about the perspective of being blind that I had never even considered before. Aside from th
Cindy Zheng
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Taylar Kelly
Priscilla Cummings book"Blindsided" Is a great book.The main character,Natalie,is an average fourteen year old, with the exception of one condition.She is going blind from glaucoma.Natalie's family decides to send her to a special school for the blind,where it will prepare her for the day when her visions becomes worse and than completely blind.Natalie is surrounded by other kids who are blind.She Beings to feel like she will be fine as long as she can maintain the vision that she has.However,Na ...more
Natalie was born with a congenital eye disease, and she knows she will eventually go blind. By the time she is in high school, the disease advances, and her sight quickly fades. It is very hard for her to accept, she is just about to get her driver's license, go to her first prom, and enjoy all of the things teens with normal sight enjoy. Her parents have no choice but to enroll her in a school for the blind. She fights it at first, insisting she'll be fine, but quickly sees, she needs to learn ...more
A very early childhood favorite of mine was a simple book called Follow My Leader about a boy who goes blind from an accident and has to learn to do everything over again. Blindsided was a more nuanced, teenage version of this book, which is why I think I enjoyed it so much.

I think if I hadn't had that early association I might have only given this book three stars. The dramatic plot twists are a bit overdone, in that I think the author could have chosen something less violent and... well... dra
Born without irises in her eyes, Natalie is gradually going blind. She has fought the idea of blindness all her life and is angry at the thought of leaving her friends, her high school, and her family goat farm to attend a boarding school for the blind in Baltimore. The certainty of going blind forces her decision even though she refuses to believe she's going to lose the little sight she has left.

At school she meets an assortment of kids whose similarities appear to be only in their need to lea

I loved this book! (But seriously, what book don't I love?) It was such an inspiring story.

As I was reading this book I developed a fondness for Natalie and especially Bree. When Bree died, I had tears in my eyes.

I find it cute how Jake had an obvious crush on Natalie and liked how Natalie learned so much about the blind. She realized that they were normal people to.

I don't like how Natalie gave up so easily. I think that after Bree died, she should have trie
I loved the book Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings. This book is about a girl name Natalie. She is just like a normal teenage girl except that she is slowly losing her vision. At one of her eye doctor appointments one of her biggest fears is revealed; Natalie is soon going to be completely blind! Her parents decide to send her to a school for the blind to learn to use a cane and learn braille. Natalie is devastated. She does not think she will go blind. Will Natalie make friends and decide to sta ...more
This book has a good perspective on what being blind is like. It talked about many everyday obstacles blind people have... things people just take for granted. They find ways to get around the obstacles.

Natalie has a problem with her eyes. She has no iris and also has glaucoma. Her vision is fading and it is fading fast. She goes to a school in Baltimore to help her learn Braille, using a cane, and regular school subjects. The school helps her prepare for her worst fear, going blind. One day she
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 a ...more
Emma S.
I would have liked this book if it was more meaningful. Sure, this Priscilla Cummings book has a good "message for teens" and is supposed to be sad and everything, but I just didn't like reading it because... it was boring! I thought it was way too short and as someone named Angela commented, "far too much emphasis is placed on amazement at what blind people can do." So true. I wished that the protagonist Natalie could have mattered. This isn't what I'd consider a real novel.

First, the character
This was a little gem of a book that I hadn't heard of until seeing and ordering it from a Scholastic book order flier. Natalie has been born without irises in her eyes and develops glaucoma at a young age. At the age of fourteen, her eyesight is almost completely gone, and she reluctantly decides to go to a school in Baltimore for the blind to learn skills that she'll need for when she inevitably will become completely blind.

The author obviously did extensive research before writing this book,
Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings is a Narrative of a fourteen year old girl coping with the problem of slowly becoming blind.Natalie is that fourteen year old and has a wonderful life full of friends and family until her visit to her doctor gives her a diagnosis. She is becoming slowly but steadily blind. Her life is ripped away from her as she now has to attend a school for the blind where she learns how to read braille and work a cane. It’s hard at first for her to get used to the idea of her ...more
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Natalie was born with juvenile glaucoma, and has been slowly losing her sight since she was 8. At 15, her optomitrist tells her to prepare for the worst: she will soon be blind. To for life in a sightless world, her parents send her away from her farms, best friend, and beloved goat to the Perkins School for the Blind. Natalie is fiercely independent, and refuses to accept that one day soon, she will be limited like never before. Determined not to be "labeled" by her cane or new Braille books, N ...more
The Book Addicts
This is a good book. There is really not much more to say. It seems unlikely, because it has such a bad description on the back of the cover. And because of its not very interesting book description I am very certain that of the people who pick it up, a small percentage actually read it instead of putting it away. The description is just plain boring, and to be honest, the only reason I bought it was because it was a $2.50 buy from a Scholastic book buying leaflet at my school. I have read this ...more
Kaitlyn Stirk
Pricilla Cumming’s Blindsided was spectacular and captivating. Natalie’s story of how hard she worked to avoid stating she had an problem was touching. She even went as far as to count the steps everywhere to avoid embarrassing herself. In the beginning, she describes her first memories as vibrant and full of color. As she was growing up though, she describes her vision as a slowly shrinking circle.
The way Cummings describes Natalie in the book makes me think of her as if shes in the next room.
Joan Roll
Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings is about fourteen-year-old Natalie who is losing her eyesight due to a congenital eye disease. In order to prepare her for a future as a blind person in a sighted world, Natalie’s parents send her to a school for the blind. Natalie’s world is turned upside down when she has to leave her family, her school, and her friends. She has difficulty accepting the changes she must make in her life. Will she hide from the world or will she be brave and find a way to be suc ...more
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