Book About Making the Most of Your Life

Today I have a book about making the most of your life.  Flint suffers from a disease that may take away his eyesight and McKell has a brother with a terminal illness.  Together they start to take chances that scare them, but that also help them reach for their dreams.

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Title: Squintbook about making the most of your life squint

Author: Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

Target: Grades 5-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

Flint is furiously trying to finish his comic so he can enter a contest for new comic stars.  He has to work fast because he has been diagnosed with keratoconus, an eye disease that will render him blind.  McKell is new to the school and starts hanging out with Flint when no one else is around.  Turns out her brother has been giving her challenges to make her life better, because his may be cut short due to a terminal illness.  In the midst of all this, a real friendship emerges with each person helping the other manage their challenges and fears.

Why I love this book:

  • Ok, I know the premise sounds sad, but fear not, this book is really uplifting.  Flint is so endearing and manages to work through his challenges without a lot of self-pity and with an emerging realization of all he has.  McKell finds the courage to accept Flint as a true friend and conquer some of the insecurities she harbors. Good stuff.
  • It can’t remember another book that I have read that dealt with visual impairments.  I also like that Flint lives with his grandparents and they are his parental figures.  This is a reality for more and more kids, so it helps to see it in books.
  • I found some of the bullying in the book interesting.  Flint has a classmate who used to be a friend who definitely mocks him now that Flint can’t see well.  At the end of the story, readers get to see the friend’s perspective of the relationship and how it changed.  A good lesson on how we rarely just talk with people about the changes in our lives, and especially how difficult that can be for teens.

Who this book is for:

Good book for kids who like stories such as Wonder, Save Me a Seat or Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. 

Final thoughts:

This story surprised me in such a positive way.  When my daughter was younger she would have read this one cover to cover in no time flat.

To purchase this book:

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