A Blind Guide to Stinkville By Beth Vrabel
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.

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TitleA Blind Guide to Stinkville
AuthorBy Beth Vrabel
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published13 October 2015
Dimensions5.75 x 8.25in.

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.

"Most commendable is Vrabel's focus on compromise and culture shock. Disorientation encompasses not only place and attitude, but also the rarely explored ambivalence of being disabled on a spectrum. Alice's insistence that she's 'not that blind' rings true with both stubbornness and confusion as she avails herself of some tools while not needing others, in contrast to typically unambiguous portrayals. Readers who worry about fitting in—wherever that may be—will relate to Alice's journey toward compromise and independence." —Kirkus Reviews

"The author handles her material well and crafts a story that is both informative and gripping."—Booklist

"Alice is a realistic and easy-to-relate-to character. The dynamics that develop between her and the townsfolk easily draw readers into Alice's new world. The author does a great job of mixing humor with more serious topics like depression, disability, and old age. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction and humor will find much to appreciate. Verdict: An engaging middle grade read for most library collections."—School Library Journal

"A Blind Guide to Stinkville is a delightfully unexpected story with humor and heart. Vrabel tackles some tough issues, including albinism, depression, and loneliness, with a compassionate perspective and a charming voice." —Amanda Flower, author of the Agatha Award-nominated Andi Boggs Series

“Brimming with wit and heart, A Blind Guide to Stinkville examines the myriad ways we define difference between ourselves and others and asks us to reexamine how we see belonging.” —Tara Sullivan, award-winning author of Golden Boy

"Alice is a beautifully conceived first person narrator. Vrabel does an excellent job developing Alice's character and showing both her vulnerability and her strengths. The journey Alice takes that summer is one with which readers will enjoy following along. What Alice learns about those around her and herself makes this a story that is well worth reading. The themes include not only disabilities, looking different, and trying to make friends in a new place, but also depression and senior citizens and dyslexia." —Examiner.com
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