Author: Chad Morris, Shelly Brown
Genre: Middle Grade
Published: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Taken from Goodreads
My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I’m losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore. I haven’t had a friend in a long time. Thankfully, real friends can see the real you, even when you can’t clearly see.
Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has keratoconus—an rare disease that can eventually make him blind.
McKell is the new girl at school and immediately hangs with the popular kids. Except McKell’s not a fan of the way her friends treat this boy named Squint. He seems nice and really talented. He draws awesome pictures of superheroes. McKell wants to get to know him, but is it worth the risk? What if her friends catch her hanging with the kid who squints all the time?
McKell has a hidden talent of her own but doesn’t share it for fear of being judged. Her terminally ill brother, Danny, challenges McKell to share her love of poetry and songwriting. Flint seems like someone she could trust. Someone who would never laugh at her. Someone who is as good and brave as the superhero in Flint’s comic book named Squint.
Flint is in middle school and doesn’t have the easiest of life, for starters he has problems with his eyes so he can barely see. That’s how he got his nickname, Squint. Despite his vision problems, he happens to be a gifted artist and has been working on a comic book for the contest. Squint also lives with his grandparents with not much contact from his Mom and often times gets picked on at school. He is pretty used to life this way, but when a new girl starts paying attention to him his life gets way more interesting!
This story is adorable, inspiring and so believable! I loved the character development throughout the book with Flint and McKell and their friendship.
I missed out on the chance to read the advanced copy because it was archived the very next day after being approved, but I wanted to read this story so bad I went out and bought it once it was published.
For anyone that’s ever felt like they didn’t fit in, or afraid to put yourself out there, this is the perfect story. This book deals with death, illness, bullying and family dynamics and is a great selection for any child in middle school to help understand the effects of bullying.
Thanks to NetGalley, Shadow Mountain Publishing and the authors, Chad Morris and Shelly Brown for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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