I have really enjoyed reading A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel because the story and the characters are so unique. I have never read anything quite like it. The main character lives with albinism and the blindness that comes along with that physical condition, but she never lets that keep her down. She is fierce and brave and ready to tackle any challenge that life throws her. She’s a strong female and I appreciate that about her, because young girls need to hear that message.
I can’t wait to read the Pack of Dorks series as well as Ms. Vrabel’s new title, A Blind Guide to Normal, which follows one of the supporting characters from the Stinkville story, Richie, who is also blind. Alice is also around, as she and Richie are friends, and I have to say I am looking forward to seeing her again. And her “seeing eye dog”, Tooter, is a complete hoot! I think I loved him about as much as Alice and many of the other colorful and vibrant characters you will meet within the pages of this fun book.
Beth Vrable’s website is a really engaging space where one can find information about her novels as well as Reading Guides to facilitate discussion about the books’ content. Definitely, check it out to learn more about what she has to offer.
I will be gifting this book to my niece for her birthday this month. She has grown into a voracious reader and will really enjoy it! I miss reading with my own kids as they mostly read on their own now.
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. This paperback edition includes a Q&A with the author and a sneak peek at the upcoming The Blind Guide to Normal.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
I love this book because it features a main character unlike any I’ve encountered before, who faces unique challenges and rises above them with grace and humor. Which young adult in your life would love to read this book?
Make sure to visit the author’s Facebook page for information on how to enter a giveaway for a free copy of A Blind Guide to Stinkville.
Disclaimer: I was provided this title free of charge to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
© 2016, Shefluential. All rights reserved.