A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
3.8 Llamas


Oh my goodness is this book good… I mean I cried a little, it was soooooo good.

The book was kind-of emotional for me, cause the girl was moving to a new place and starting over (and I hate moving, it makes me sad and mad… sad-mad), and I just lost it… The book does have depression mentioned which also was saddening, and the girl was sort-of blind and albino; it wasn’t like too sad, and I actually was laughing and crying, like the prefect balance for a book.

Over all, this was a great book and is kid friendly. I do suggest reading it, and I don’t think the depression is too detailed (though at times it will get a little sad, so just prepare yourselves).


  • Really good book
  • Kid friendly


  • Talks about depression and blindness

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.

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