A Gemma Open Door book for Young Adults
“… sharp, unsentimental, funny, and enlightening in sneaky ways. A family story narrated by the pesky brother of a blind sister, The Transcriber leads us out into deep waters. It’s one of those rare books that can change the way you view the world. I love this book.“
― Joan Silber, The Size of the World and Ideas of Heaven
“…clear, straightforward sentences that are simple to understand yet filled with meaning. The tone of this book is conversational yet brisk. The reader has the sense that the narrator is speaking directly to him/her, and is doing so with honesty. Because the narrator is a child, though, the reader is able to understand aspects of the story he does not, which adds depth and poignancy.”
-Nicole Haroutunian, ourbooksarebetterthanweare.wordpress.com
Louis’s sister, Emily, is blind. She’s also in the marching band, gets great grades, sculpts in clay, and has the biggest bedroom in the house to accommodate her Braille machine. Everyone thinks Emily’s accomplishments are extraordinary, and most think that she can do no wrong. The single person who doesn’t feel awe—or pity—for her is Louis. He wishes people would just stop comparing the two of them. Louis wants his own life.
Then, a family tragedy begins to bridge the widening gap between brother and sister. Funny and touching at the same time, The Transcriber explores the power of sibling rivalry…and reconciliation.
THE TRANSCRIBER READING GUIDE
Kristen Witucki has been blind since birth and earned a BA in English from Vassar College, an MA in giftedness from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and an Ed.M. in teaching students who are blind or visually impaired from Dominican College. She has been published on many blogs. Kristen Witucki lives in New Jersey with her husband and her son. Visit her on the web at http://kristenwitucki.com/.
Paper, 90 pages
Reading level: 4.5
Young Adult, Fiction