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Things That Are

by Andrew Clements
In this sequel to Things Not Seen (Cat. #1049), suspense and romance intertwine. Alicia (who is blind) wonders if Bobby is ready to take their relationship to the next level, but he is being stalked by an invisible man. 198 pages, Ages 12 & up

Item Number: 1378
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $18.50
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Reviews for Things That Are
5All the main characters (except Gwen), as well as some characters with smaller roles, return for this third book in the series. Even Shelia, who we met in the first book plays a part in this story. Things Not Seen was Bobby's story, Things Hoped for was Gwen's story and Things That Are is Alicia's story. Alicia, who played a significant role in the first book and brief role in the second, is the voice for this third "things" book. Alicia, who became blind several years before she met Bobby, has been a favorite character in this series. Readers are finally able to experience how Alicia "sees" the world around her. I like that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is mentioned.
3The last in a trilogy, this book ties up the story nicely without being heavy-handed about it. Alicia takes the lead in narrating this time. The author had gotten my hopes up by portraying her with honesty and clarity, allowing her to steer clear of many of the stereotypical things that pop up in literature when blind characters are involved. Alas, this time, I don't think he did quite as well. While there are many ways blind people navigate the world, I'm not sure that too many count steps, especially if they're using a guide dog. Also, the author's references to clipping the dog's handle on could be confusing (the harness has a handle, and the harness is put on the dog, not the handle.) All grumpiness aside, I enjoyed the book and wish more authors would dare to portray disabled characters as they really are, not how everybody thinks they would be if they had a disability themselves.

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