Cathy Wheeler has always had bad eyesight, but an operation she has during the summer to correct it leaves her blind. Miss Creel comes over to her house to convince her parents to enroll her in a school for the blind. At first Cathy refuses, but when her best friend has a birthday party and doesn't invite her, she worries that all the kids will treat her as a freak. She agrees to go to the blind school. Things aren't any better there. All the girls seem to be interested only in boys. Cathy is labeled a rebel because she doesn't act like everyone else, and also because she makes friends with Daisy, who is ostracized because there are rumors that she steals. Cathy finishes the term. Miss Creel reluctantly writes a letter of reccomendation for Cathy to be admitted to a regular public school. She also warns Cathy that people won't treat her fairly because of her blindness. She also says Cathy will have to depend on someone to lead her everywhere. Cathy's solution is to get a Seeing Eye Dog.
Part of the book deals with Cathy learning how to handle the dog, named Trudy, and the freedom she has with her. But, before school starts, a classmate comes by and convinces Cathy that she should leave Trudy at home, until people have a chance to get used to Cathy. Once again, Cathy's fear of being different overwhelm her and she leaves Trudy at home. Cathy has to learn to overcome her insecurity and accept herself for who she is.
This report prepared by Angela Tircuit