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.
Wow! I loved this story. It has such a great message of overcoming adversity and hardship. I love the character of Susan who loves Keith so much and works so hard to help him!
A moving story about disability and the joy that we can find even in the darkest of times.
I found and read this book on Kindle. It really held my interest, and I loved the characters and felt like I knew them. It was a fascinating look into men going blind during WW1. I didn’t read high-quality books as a kid, and am trying to read upper-level worthy books now as an adult. This book had elevated vocabulary, which was nice to challenge my brain a little. It had great moral lessons and is a good book for high schoolers to read, or even advanced young teen readers. I hope to read more books by this author.
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 Pollyanna, Dawn 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.
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