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The Window

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A girl, blinded by the auto accident that killed her mother, comes to terms with her disability—and her new life. “This is a sensitive and well-told story, inhabited by appealing and believable characters, and given a twist by the unexpected element of the supernatural.” —Kirkus Reviews
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1996)
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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. . . .

3.5 stars. I enj
Anna Motteler
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing book, really.
I can't even begin to imagine how hard it would be to be blind and that young still.

This book really gives you insight into a couple things:
1. how important family is
2. how hard it is for blind people to get around on their own
and 3. always wear a frickin' seatbelt!

loved it.
Cynthia Egbert
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet YA story with a supernatural twist that is not creepy but beautiful and speaks to the importance of family and repairing generations of abuse and damaging behavior. The novel is slightly dated but not enough to detract from the storyline. I do believe that those voices from the past can reach out to us and bring instruction and comfort.
Sarah G
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-at-home
Engaging and quick read. I loved the character growth and story growth. The friendship between Hannah and Mandy is A+
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very interesting because it shows how difficult it can be but also how gifted someone can be, who is blind. Mandy is very gifted but it also isn't a very good gift, she has a hard time dealing with what she can see when she stands by the window. It's like she is living another life, which she is but not. Mandy doesn't want to tell anyone what she can see because they'll think she's crazy. With the class she has and the people in it, don't have this "gift" like she does, w ...more
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Theresa Vencill
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is about a blind girl who is sent to live with her relatives after her mother died in a car crash that left her blind. She is learning how to make friends and live with out sight. She discovers voices in a window and is transported back to the past where she learns the story of her grandmother and of her new family. I liked the details and the storyline, it was really sad in some parts. It was a good book.
Mr. Lewis
Good hook in the beginning....Curious of what is going to happen in chapter 4!
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Window by Jeanette Ingold is a book that is about a young girl who has suffered from an accident. Mandy, the main character of the story is the only survivor of a tragedy that killed her family. Due to the accident, she has lost her sight and vision of the world. After the accident she is sent to live with her great aunt, and uncle in Texas. Mandy is my favorite character because she has the courage and willingness to try and be better even with her disability. An example of her brave soul w ...more
Stephanie Pieck
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lot has changed for Mandy when this novel opens. She's fifteen and has lived her entire life alone with her mother, moving from place to place. So when her mother dies in a car crash and Mandy loses her sight, it's natural for Mandy to be angry and confused. Then she learns she has relatives she never knew she had who live on a cattle farm in Texas. Going to live there and attending high school in town are the beginning of a new chapter for her.
This book allows readers to meet a character tryi
Erin Newton
This has some good messages about acceptance and coming of age. Mandy is transitioning through two tragedies at once: becoming an orphan and losing her eyesight. She makes family connections and new friends; learns to accept help and to challenge herself. And through some bizarre connection she learns more about her mother. The writing isn’t great but I did enjoy the story
Katie Hamstead
This was a nice, quick read. It's simply written, and I actually feel like it could have been fleshed out more. It seems to zoom through and I don't get as deeply into Mandy's head space as I'd like. I did enjoy the story though, and the growth Mandy goes through. ...more
Katie Gnus
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I read this because I was interested in reading a book with a blind protagonist, so on that point it was great and I think she wrote that pretty well. Overall it was just okay, some of the characters and the protag's school life didn't quite feel real. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Re-read aloud with Laurel.
I love the depth and the hope here.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, ebook, ya

A really enjoyable read about finding yourself, and how important friendship can be. It was very quick, and I really enjoyed the "romantic interest".
Barbara Garza
Good book! Made me really appreciate the amazing things we see on a daily basis.
Kristin Backus
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. Fast, easy read. Great story.
Nicole Harman
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book several times through and each time I get just as much enjoyment as the last. My all time favorite book!
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
The book, The Window by Jeanette Ingold, was published in 1996. It was published in New York City, New York by Harcourt Inc.. This Book keeps you interested by diversifying the plot and characters, making you want to read more.

Mandy is a teenage girl who is faced with the struggle of being blind. She moves to Texas and starts a new school there while living with her great aunt and uncle. She comes across a weird gift that allows her to “see” into the past out of her bedroom window. The people s
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-great-book
Spoiler Alert!!!!

The Window is a great book that I picked up at The Public Library. When I began reading it I was very impressed at the choice of vocabulary. I actually had to look up some of the words! The story started with a girl named Mandy who survived a horrible crash, but unfortunately her mother died when taken to the hospital and she was blind and lonely. She was taken by her Aunt Emma, Uncle Gabriel, and Uncle Abe. At first she was ungrateful and upset, but I mean who wouldn't be right
Margo Berendsen
The writing in this book is so charged, it's almost electrified. Most of the scenes are short - just a page or two - but sharp and vivid - stripped of visuals (since the MC is a 15 year old Mandy, still adjusting to her blindness after a severe accident), but rich with other senses and not a word wasted. Mandy's independent, I-can-take-care-of-myself vulnerability comes through as a strong voice I quickly fell in love with.

I dare you to read the first chapter and not be so hooked you can't put
Harry Brake
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the smallest packages have the largest impressions. Such is with Jeanette Ingold's novel, The Window. Sometimes you decide to hold onto a book because it has way too many magical elements that you wish all books had. This will be a book I only lend to the most valued friends and family I encounter, and no, I am not sure I want to tell everyone I own this book in fear of losing it. Excellent excellent excellent story within a story that touches on family, life in general and you can act ...more
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Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though I think that I've found many flaws to this novel, I would still like to avoid spoiling this review with unpleasant details I could avoid.

Is it actually possible for a normal to 'see' the way a blind person perceives the world? I am not blind. I cannot say. However, what I do know is that this book gave me a window to the world of a young lady who faces different challenges every day. What is easy for a person with perfect sight is totally a pain for a blind person. This books made me mor
Lisa (Lisa Likes Books)
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
True rating: 4.5

To be honest, I almost gave away this book but something made me read the synopsis and I was like "okay, maybe I'll keep it for a while". And then I read it and read it. I got through, like, three quarters of the book before I took a break. This book stayed on one or two main topics for the duration of the story, but it was done so well. It's been a long time since I wanted to read a book to the end like that and I can't help but think that I almost gave it away. Smh. Anyway, the
Lexi W
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i gave this book five stars because it told a really encouraging story. it proved that even if you are blind, you can do almost anything you want to if you have the courage and determination. it told a life story of a blind girl that lost her mother in a car accident and had to live with three relatives she didnt even know. i liked this book because it made me think that you could do the impossible. this book made me smile and almost cry it had so much detail. i would encourage you to read this ...more
Lama  Zakzak
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
There isn't much to review really.. the story is confusing like one line you're Mandy the second you're Gwen.. there's little relevence between the two storylines anyway.. and I don't like the main character Mandy.. I mean does she have to be that rude and grumpy about everything!!

Three stars is more than enough and they go mostly to the potential this story might have had if it was written in a different way.

I guess it was OK but I wouldn't recommend it.
sabrina caho
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014, d-bl

Small and fast-paced book!

A little drama/tragedy in the beginning to make the settings, after the introductions we realize the story is about family/friends and sixth sense/Time travel/flashback/ghosts (the story didn't specify) with a very slight touch of mystery.

I really enjoyed this little book, love positive stories when people overcome barriers!

The change in scenes got a little confusing sometimes, markings would be welcome.
Sandra Strange
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
When a terrible accident kills Mandy's mother and blinds her, she goes to live with relatives she does not know. As she learns to live with them and deal with her blindness, she also learns their stories and the 50 year old story of her father’s parents--by experiencing it when she leans out the window of her attic bedroom. Positive story and theme.

May 26, 2012 added it

I read this probably eleven years ago. I don't remember much about it. I do know that it was the first book to make me cry. I just happened to think about it the other day. I couldn't remember the name so I put a few words into Google (YA novel, blinded, mother dies, window), and it popped up. Lol I might look it up at my library and read it again just for fun.
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