A Place To Belong
Copyright Phyllis Campbell, 2002
Patty L. Fletcher
I feel quite strongly this book would make good reading for Young Adult and Older Readers.
The professional description you’ll read shortly will tell you only a tiny bit of what this magnificent book is about. It will if you allow it cause you to think you’re in for an afternoon of light sometimes Whitty while being tender, in spots, reading and you’d be right.
You would also be wrong. A Place To Belong teaches so many lessons while entertaining from word one until The End at the bottom of the last page that it is at times emotionally overwhelming to read. Yes, in a couple of spots I stopped reading to wipe my eyes and catch my breath. The contrast of the tender thoughtful ways of the family Jill goes to compared to the ones who sent her there are so vividly drawn throughout the book I felt I knew each one and could feel them wanting to help but not impede her growth.
I found myself admiring the way her Grandmother and the rest of her family as well as the community jumped in to welcome and care for her until she began to be more able to care for herself. Loved the way she was drawn into the warmth of the family like it or not and when that was threatened by a lying disrespectful boyfriend and his girl on the side, I felt angry.
The way in which this author who has also been a teacher of students such as the ones she writes of here, captures their youth both with Roger’s lack of understanding to Kevin’s warm slightly older young-man ways is refreshingly accurate and the attention to detail is flawless.
I’d love to see another book from this one, maybe a two-part series, something. I don’t know but when this book ended, though there were no loose ends I found myself wanting to know what happened next in this wonderful group of people’s lives.
Do I recommend this book for you? Absolutely 100 percent I do. I read this in one afternoon on my iBook in PDF format with no trouble and was amazed to see hours had passed without my having been aware. A nice way to spend the day to be sure.
Here’s more about this and all Phyllis Campbell’s work.
A Place To Belong
When Jill loses her sight, she thinks she’ll never be happy again until she meets a frightened child, and a courageous dog. Then there’s Gran who can’t do without her computer, and there’s Kevin, who shows her which things are really important, and makes her smile again.
After her father’s death, when she was eight, Jill and her mother moved from town to town as her mother moved from job to job, each taking her higher on the ladder of success. When her mother marries the owner of a prestigious line of dress shops, six-teen-year-old Jill thinks her life is perfect—a beautiful home, a private school, and she’s dating the most popular boy in school. Then disaster strikes when she loses her sight due to a brain tumor.
The day before she leaves the hospital her mother tells her that she’ll be going for an extended visit with her father’s mother, someone she’s seen only once, while her mother and stepfather go to Europe on business
As she travels to rural Virginia, she feels totally abandoned. She knows that her stepfather is paying her grandmother for her keep, and she can’t shake the feeling that her mother simply doesn’t want to be bothered with a daughter, and especially with one who is blind. Too, there is the matter of why her grandparents and parents never had anything to do with each other.
Travel with Jill as she masters her new world of darkness, learns to love family and friends, faces the thing that forced her father away from her grandparents, and finds the true secret of belonging.
This is a story of courage and love, and a must read for anyone facing blindness, as well as for anyone who has an interest in learning more about the world of the blind, especially that of a young blind person. Besides that, it’s just a good story for anybody young or old who likes to read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.
Books by Phyllis Campbell.
New Release 2017
Where Sheep May Safely Graze
Other books by Phyllis Campbell…
COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001
FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997
The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.
Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012
A Place To Belong August, 2012
Out of the Night February, 2014
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze
ByAFBon February 24, 2018
This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.
If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net
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