Hey guys! Today we have another great book review for you guys, just in time for the holiday season! It's called The Blind Guide To Normal and it's written by Beth Vrabel. It's a great book for middle graders! Here's a little rundown:
Richie “Ryder” Raymond has a gift. He can find the punchline in any situation, even in his limited vision and prosthetic eye. During the past year at Addison School for the Blind, Ryder’s quick wit earned the respect and friendship of his classmates. Heading to mainstream, or “normal,” school for eighth grade is going to be awesome.
After all, what’s not to like? At Addison, Ryder was everyone’s favorite person. He could make anyone laugh, especially his best friend Alice. So long as he can be first to make all of the one-eyed jokes, Ryder is sure he’ll fit in just as quick at Papuaville Middle School, home of the Fighting Guinea Pigs. But Alice warns him fitting in might not be as easy as he thinks.
Turns out, Alice was right. In just the first hour of “normal” school, Ryder is attacked by General MacCathur II (aka, Gramps’s cat), causes his bio teacher to pass out cold, makes an enemy out town hero Max, and falls for Jocelyn, the fierce girl next door who happens to be Max’s girlfriend. On top of that, Ryder struggles to hold onto his dignity in the face of students’ pity and Gramps’s non-stop practical jokes.
Ryder quickly sees the only thing worse than explaining a joke is being the punchline. But with help from his stuck-in-the-70s Gramps and encouragement from Alice, Ryder finds the strength to not only fight back, but to make peace.
This exciting sequel to A Blind Guide to Stinkville weaves humor, recovery and second chances into an unforgettable story, with characters who will hook you from page one.
As I mentioned before, this is a great book for middle graders. I was a little bit worried about if my kiddos would understand it since it was a sequel and they hand't read the first installment yet. However, that was not an issue, and they followed along with the book just fine! This is such a good book. I loved that the protagonist has some struggles of his own, which really helped my kids to put themselves into someone else's shoes. It was really a great read for both of my middle graders, my boy and girl both, and really helped them both to think outside the box a little bit. Love this book, and always looking forward to new titles from SkyPony Press!