Teen Books That Have Something to Say
by Jean Little
Anna Solden is clumsy and awkward. Her brothers and sisters tease and disparage her about it, and she knows her mother does not love her the way she does her other children. Anna's teacher thinks she is lazy and stupid, and Anna thinks she must be, because she can't read. The only person she feels loved by is her father.
Then her father announces that they are going to move from their home in Germany to Canada--and will all have to speak English. Anna is devastated. But once they arrive in Canada, things take a turn for the better. Anna, like all the others, is taken to a doctor for an examination—and the doctor, who Anna immediately likes, discovers that she is almost blind! Everything makes so much sense, why Anna was so clumsy, why she couldn't do things the other girls could, like sew, and why she couldn't read—she could hardly see.
Anna gets a strong pair of new glasses, and is sent to a special sight-saving class that she is afraid she will hate—but through the kindness of her teacher and the doctor, Anna blossoms. Everyone notices the change...and Anna realizes that she isn't stupid or all that clumsy—she's just different. A powerful, heart-warming story about how deeply negative messages can affect us—and the power of kindness.
The main character is younger in age, but don't let that stop you from reading this wonderful book.
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