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Alex was no mor3e enchanted by the prickly young Scotsman temporarily marooned under her father's roof than he was by her, but her heart went out to Julie, the little blind orphan he brought with him, especially when she learned of David's callously practical plans for the child's future.
When Cathy Wheeler decided to become a speech therapist, she faced more than ordinary problems. Cathy was blind, and her speech department chairman said she had chosen an unrealistic profession. Even with sight, controlling young patients would be difficult, and to depend on other senses to work successfully with children would take extraordinary talent and alertness. But Cathy had courage--backed up by a golden dream. An eye doctor had said that part of her sight might be restored. Not only would resistance to her chosen career stop, but Cathy knew she would find it easier to make up her mind about Greg and Steve, the two very different men in her life. But suppose the verdict at the final eye examination went against her? Cathy wondered if she would have the courage then to stand on her own two feet and prove that she could handle a career in speech therapy. How would it affect her feelings about Greg and Steve? How would they feel about her?
After fourteen-year-old Cathy Wheelerloses her sight, she learns to cope through the help fo her supportive family, the effective but Spartan school for the blind, and ultimately her new guide-dog, Trudy.
When cancer unexpectedly struck down Beverly Butler's guide dog, Una, it hurt to imagine another dog taking her place. Yet it was because of what Una and three other dedicated dogs before her had given her in terms of independence and dignity that made getting a new dog as certain as sunrise. In Maggie By My Side, she tells of the challenges, hazards, and joys of training with Maggie, her fifth guide dog since losing her sight at fourteen. It is also an account of the foibles, quirks, and devotion of the guide dogs who preceded Maggie. Part of the story is poignant--the anguish of Una's death--and part is hilarious--Maggie's introduction to the family cats. In this lively narrative we learn the history of guide dogs, what it takes to become a trainer, how new guide dogs come to be, and share in the vivid firsthand experiences that bring it all to life. This is a Junior Literary Guild selection, chosen as an outstanding book for boys and girls (A Group). Pictures are described.
In the north woods of Wisconsin following a forest fire that destroys their town in 1871, 17-year-old Mary James forms a new respect for her older sister.
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