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Stahler, David.
 New York : Eos, 2004.
ISBN 0060522860

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

"Blindness is purity.  Blindness is unity.  Blindness is freedom."  All his life, Jacob had been taught to believe this.  And the community of Harmony was founded on these basic principles.  As Jacob gives his school report, we learn that "the Foundation was created in 2102 by Francis and Jean Aldrick from the city of Toronto in a nation knows as Canada.  ... Both Francis and Jean had been born blind.  They wanted their children to be a part of their way of life, so they decided that their children would share this trait, creating the first generation of children intentionally born with what some considered a disability.  The publicity generated by the event persuaded several other couples in Canada and the United States to do the same."  From those beginnings, a new society was formed.  And now, the isolated colony of Harmony lives by the laws of the community.  Or do they?  When something amazing happens to Jacob, he begins to "see" his utopia in a brand new light.

Booktalk #2

Jacob is growing up in Harmony Station. This colony was established on a distant planet by an association of blind people who have had themselves genetically altered so that their offspring will be blind, too. Jacob is approaching his pivotal 13th birthday. It is then that a series of severe headaches leaves him with his sight. He sees the natural beauty of the world around him, but also realizes that people are not what they seem. Sentenced to surgical blinding after his secret is revealed, Jacob flees into uncertainty.  (Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Awards nominee, 2008-2009)

SUBJECTS:     Blind -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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