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A Blind Guide to Stinkville Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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Gr 4–7—Born with albinism, Alice has only 20/200 vision with glasses. Before moving to Sinkville, aka Stinkville, her near blindness wasn't a problem. Having grown up in Seattle all her life, she knew everyone and knew her way around. With no baseline knowledge of Stinkville, no friends, and her family too busy coping with their own problems to help her, Alice must find her own way. When a writing contest offers her a chance to prove she can do anything, Alice and her dog, Tooter, set out to find their own place in their new home. Will they succeed? Will they win the contest? Will she make new friends? Alice is a realistic and easy-to-relate-to character. The dynamics that develop between her and the townsfolk easily draws readers into Alice's new world. The author does a great job of mixing humor with more serious topics like depression, disability, and old age. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction and humor will find much to appreciate. VERDICT An engaging middle grade read for most library collections.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
"The author handles her material well and crafts a story that is both informative and gripping."Booklist
"Alice is a realistic and easy-to-relate-to character. The dynamics that develop between her and the townsfolk easily draw readers into Alice's new world. The author does a great job of mixing humor with more serious topics like depression, disability, and old age. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction and humor will find much to appreciate. Verdict: An engaging middle grade read for most library collections."School Library Journal
"A Blind Guide to Stinkville is a delightfully unexpected story with humor and heart. Vrabel tackles some tough issues, including albinism, depression, and loneliness, with a compassionate perspective and a charming voice." Amanda Flower, author of the Agatha Award-nominated Andi Boggs Series
Brimming with wit and heart, A Blind Guide to Stinkville examines the myriad ways we define difference between ourselves and others and asks us to reexamine how we see belonging.” Tara Sullivan, award-winning author of Golden Boy
"Alice is a beautifully conceived first person narrator. Vrabel does an excellent job developing Alice's character and showing both her vulnerability and her strengths. The journey Alice takes that summer is one with which readers will enjoy following along. What Alice learns about those around her and herself makes this a story that is well worth reading. The themes include not only disabilities, looking different, and trying to make friends in a new place, but also depression and senior citizens and dyslexia." Examiner.com
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I cannot recommend this book enough, particularly for parents. It's great story to read out loud to your kids, and even more fun to discuss!
The book captures the attention of both child and adult for very different reasons. The child is enthralled by the jokes and funny events such as the dog peeing on a bratty girl, while the adult is concerned over more serious issues such as a depressed Mother who has seemed to give up on life and her family.
The content is perfect for middle-school kids learning about serious issues such as the civil rights movements in the South, visual impairments, albinism, law suits, and dyslexia. All of these issues were beautifully woven into an adorable story about a girl named Alice attempting to fit into a new town.
The story was great too. I love how it revealed her strengths to her as well as to the reader. When your normal is different you can feel weak and unself-confident. I hope Alice has many more adventures.
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This is a promising middle grade tale about acceptance and the trials and hardships it takes to get there.Read more
While I agree with other readers that the book was well-written, I disagree that this book will have mass appeal to kids.Read more