Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

Alice and her family have moved to Sinkville, South Carolina from Seattle, Washington the summer that she was twelve years old.  In her old town, everyone knew her and she was able to get along well even though she was legally blind due to her albinism.  Now, in a new town she has to learn to get along without her friends helping her and even without her mother's help because her mother is suffering from depression.  Alice's older brother, James, will at least take her to the library before he disappears for the day.  Despite her family problems, Alice manages to make friends in town as she takes her old dog, Tooter with her everywhere she goes.  She even manages to convince one of the librarians that Tooter is a seeing eye dog.  The story is well written with humor and pathos and I think middle grade kids will enjoy it.

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