by Eleanor H. Porter
Rated 4.5 out of 5


Rated 1 out of 5
January 24, 2023

I’m very disappointed with good and beautiful selling a book in which the young man contemplates suicide. If I had known what I know now having read the book I would not have bought it. It’s true he doesn’t do it and realizes he can do something good for others. This book doesn’t make it clear suicide is NEVER a good option even if your life is meaningless or hopeless physically speaking.


Response from The Good and the Beautiful

Thank you for your feedback, Joy! There is a disclaimer in the description for this book on our website so readers are not taken by surprise by that small section of the book. As explained in the disclaimer, the book has a feeling of light and hope although this serious topic is briefly addressed. As you may already know, the book follows a 14 year old boy as he adjusts to life after losing his vision. It is not an easy path for him, but through encouragement and perseverance, he is able to overcome to find joy again. Thank you again for your review!

An absolute favorite

Rated 5 out of 5
September 14, 2022

I would read this book over and over! The story is wonderful and well-written. It deals with faith, finding joy in hardship, and giving yourself up in service. Very beautiful!


This book is worth the time it takes to read

Rated 5 out of 5
November 3, 2021

I have read this book several times and each time is as interesting as the last. It is about a boy who goes blind at the age of 14, and then has to deal with adjusting his life due to the new disability. The book deals with deep elements and emotions that help you to really relate to the characters, even if your own struggles are nothing theirs. The description is very detailed. It is not a fast or easy read, but every minute I spent reading was worth it.

Ashley Krenicky

Touching and Lovely

Rated 5 out of 5
April 29, 2021

I bought this book for myself since my sons are too young for it. I really loved it! It is one of those feel-good books where the main character overcomes a disability and makes a success of their life. There is also a sweet love story which I really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this book.

Dora Jacobs

A beautiful story with lots of lessons in overcoming adversity

Rated 5 out of 5
May 4, 2020

This coming of age story tackles hardship, consequences of war, perseverance, and friendship through thick and thin. Keith Burton is terrified to discover he’s going blind. Through Keith’s pursuit of figuring out his life post-blindness, we see many examples of encouraging others through adversity and positivity.

Linda L
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Level 11

Fourteen-year-old Keith Burton is going blind, but he does not know it at first. He thinks his father bought him a poorly printed copy of Treasure Island that has words printed with wavy lines. A great terror seizes Keith when he discovers that he is losing his eyesight and realizes that his bright future has suddenly changed. First published in 1919 by the author of PollyannaDawn tells the moving story of Keith’s struggle to find happiness and the dedication of those who so nobly sacrifice and persist in helping him. The well-developed, beloved characters in this deep, insightful book will make you laugh and maybe even cry.

Dawn addresses the deep, mature issue of suicidal ideation in a way that is not overly descriptive or dark, maintaining an underlying feeling of light and hope. This book was known in England as Keith’s Dark Tower.

268 pages

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