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A Blind Guide to Stinkville book by Beth Vrabel #Review

My 11 year old daughter used to LOVE to read... then she got an iPhone... and it's all she wants to do =( However, when this book came, Miss M was SO excited!!! 

She hadn't sat down and cracked a book, and really got into it for awhile.

Before Stinkville, Alice didn’t think albinism—or the blindness that goes with it—was a big deal. Sure, she uses a magnifier to read books. And a cane keeps her from bruising her hips on tables. Putting on sunscreen and always wearing a hat are just part of life. But life has always been like this for Alice. Until Stinkville.

For the first time in her life, Alice feels different—like she’s at a disadvantage. Back in her old neighborhood in Seattle, everyone knew Alice, and Alice knew her way around. In Stinkville, Alice finds herself floundering—she can’t even get to the library on her own. But when her parents start looking into schools for the blind, Alice takes a stand. She’s going to show them—and herself—that blindness is just a part of who she is, not all that she can be. To prove it, Alice enters the Stinkville Success Stories essay contest. No one, not even her new friend Kerica, believes she can scout out her new town’s stories and write the essay by herself. The funny thing is, as Alice confronts her own blindness, everyone else seems to see her for the first time.

This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues—albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more—with a light touch and lots of heart. Beth Vrabel’s characters are complicated and messy, but they come together in a story about the strength of community and friendship.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press (October 13, 2015)
  • Language: English

This is a review, written by Miss M. She really enjoyed this book.

Alice is a 12-year-old girl who moves from Seattle to a small town that everyone calls Stinkville because of the smell from the mill. She feels different for the first time. In her old neighborhood everyone knew she was legally blind, and it was no big deal and everyone treated her just like everyone else. In Stinkville, she has to explain everything to everyone. No one, not even her mom thinks she can do anything! Alice doesn’t know her way around anywhere. I laughed and I cried. I wanted to get in the book and be Alice's friend. I have several special needs friends at school, and i hate when they seem like they are struggling. But it also makes me so happy to see them when they are not having a hard time, and just laughing and being one of us. I felt that a lot with Alice. I really liked this book. I am going to share it with my friends. My mom said that the author has wrote another book, I am definitely going to read it too. This was a rollercoaster of emotions in this book, but i liked every page of it.
~Miss M. 11 years old

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1 comment

  1. Miss M, I'm thrilled to hear that you liked Alice's story! Thank you for your lovely review!


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