Alice was comfortable living with her family in Seattle. Being there didn’t make her different even though she had albinism or the blindness that goes along with it. When Alice’s family moves to a small paper mill town in Sinkville, South Carolina, (or as everyone calls it….Stinkville) things become WAY different. Alice seems to be only seen as disabled and not the independent 12-year old she once was in her comfortable Seattle. As Alice gets to know the town and meets a few friends, along with her so-called seeing eye dog, Tooter, she begins to charm her way thru Stinkville and the new future plans her parents have for her….going to a school for the blind for the first time.
A Blind Guide to Stinkville is a middle grade novel for ages 8-12. It was a good read and very age appropriate. This novel touches base on pre-teen and teen issues that are a fact of life these days such as being different, depression, acceptance from peers, dyslexia, and growing old.
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. She is the author of Pack of Dorks (Sky Pony Press, 2014). Beth lives with her wonderful husband, two charming children, a spoiled rotten puppy, and Frodo the guinea pig in Canton, Connecticut.
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