2016 Book Recommendations, 2016 Reviews, 4 stars, Book Review

MY DISABILITY DOESN'T DEFINE ME

Image result for a blind guide to stinkvilleAge Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 2 – 7

Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Sky Pony Press; Reprint edition (August 9, 2016)

Rating: 4 stars

 

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What worse than moving from everything you know and love? Moving across country to a town known as Sinkville aka Stinkville. Meet Alice, the spunky and fierce protagonist in Beth Vrabel’s The Blind Guide to Stinkville.

Like me, Alice loves the library and reading every book imaginable. Learning new thing and going on adventures within the pages she is reading. Unlike me, Alice has albinism and is nearly blind. Yet that doesn’t stop her from proving to the people in town or her family that she is just fine and capable of getting around without the help of anyone. Or from stopping her from entering the Stinkville Success Stories.

Reading this book I learned so much that I didn’t know and I still want to learn more about albinism. Author Beth Vrabel does a great job of mixing humor with a bit of seriousness without it being too preachy or self-righteous. Alice is such a great and lovable character that you’re are sure to fall in love with her the same way I did. Yes when she first arrives to her new hometown, she feels different and feels like she is not Alice but her disability.

That quickly changes when she gets wind of her of parents wanting to send her to a school for the blind. Remember, Alice is nearly blind and don’t let anyone tell you differently. That fierce and spunky attitude is what gets Alice through the difficult time of adjusting to her new surroundings and environment. Along the way she meets new and quirky characters, such as the diner lady who reminds Alice of her grandma, or the mayor with a love story that still is going on to this day.

Not only that, but Alice also learns of Stinkville’s role during the Civil Rights era and it’s a great and heartwarming story.

If you can’t  see how much I love The Blind Guide to Stinkville then I ‘m not doing  such a good job with this review. Just know that I love it and the way it deals with the many issues that are present in this book. From Blindness, to Depression and Dyslexia. This is a great read for all ages but I highly recommend it to the young ones.

So do yourself a favor and go grab a copy from your local bookstore or library.

*Thank you Sky Pony Press for this amazing copy.

**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Vrabel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She won a short-story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. Although her other plans–becoming a wolf biologist, a Yellowstone National Park ranger, and a professional roller skater–didn’t come to fruition, she stuck with the writing. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, she moved through the ranks of a local newspaper to become editor of two regional magazines and a lifestyle columnist. Beth now lives in Connecticut with her wonderful husband, two charming children, a spoiled rotten puppy, and two guinea pigs, Winn-Dixie and Pippin.

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