The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree
Ten-year-old Mafalda hides the fact that she is going blind from her family and friends in this lyrical, bittersweet debut novel from Italian author Paola Peretti. This novel shows you how to overcome the darkness—even when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
There are a lot of things ten-year-old Mafalda cares about. Like counting the stars in the night sky, playing soccer, and climbing the cherry tree outside her school. Mafalda even goes so far as to keep a list of them, since soon she won’t be able to do them anymore— because she’s going blind. Mafalda can see that people are already treating her differently, which is the last thing she wants. But as Mafalda loses her sight, surprising things come into focus. With the help of her family and friends both old and new, Mafalda discovers the things that matter most.
“All children are afraid of the dark.
Darkness is a room with no doors and no windows, with monsters grabbing you and eating you in silence.
But I am not afraid of the dark; I have darkness in my eyes.
My name is Mafalda, I am nine years old and I am going blind.”
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