Youth Fiction Review: A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

Posted by: TracieP | Posted on: Jan 28 2016

12-year-old Alice isn't thrilled about moving from Seattle, Washington to Sinkville, South Carolina. In Seattle, Alice never thought twice about the fact that she was born with albinism and severely impaired vision. Everyone--childhood playmates, kids at school, neighbors--already knew about her condition, and Alice's mom and best friend were always around to guide her. But in Sinkville, everything is different. A terrible depression sidelines her mom; her dad is preoccupied with his new job; and Alice's older brother resents her dependence and refuses to help her get to know the town. Determined to "advocate for [herself]," Alice finds refuge, unexpected friends, and inspiration (in the form of an essay contest) in the local library. Filled with humor and honesty, The Blind Guide to Stinkville's refreshing exploration of life on the disability spectrum will please fans of realistic fiction about kids who overcome challenges.