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A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata
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Jul 02, 10

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read from June 27 to July 02, 2010

A great character study of a young blind girl being raised by her abusive mother and alcoholic grandfather in the 1960's and how one man can make a difference in the life of someone else.

This is the source material of an equally wonderful film. The book is told from the perspective of "Sleena" (that's how her drunken guardian's pronounce her name -- Selina", an 18 y/o girl who was blinded by her mother in a domestic abuse incident when she was 8. Kata captures Sleena's voice beautifully -- resigned, tentatively hopeful and sometimes reflective of the ugly bigoted language she hears spewing from her family.

Warning: there is "hate" language used in the story, so if this book is used with young readers it is essential to let them know that the language is reflective of a certain type of character at a specific time and place.
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