The hero of my comic book can shoot lasers from his eyes when he squints. But it might not be enough to save the Empress. What he'll need most of all is a friend named Diamond Girl.
Flint loved 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 an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.
At school, Flint meets McKell. She's new and doesn't seem to have trouble making friends. She does have a problem with how some of her new friends treat this boy they call "Squint." He seems nice and really talented. He also seems like the kind of person who wouldn't laugh at you. That's important, because McKell has hidden talents of her own but is worried about what will happen is she shares them.
Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.
|Size||5.5 x 8.25|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
I love getting to read really good middle grade books. And this is one of those!
I love the way these two authors work together to write books. Their characters are always amazing. And their plots are believable. If you haven’t yet read Mustaches for Maddie by them, you need to!
This whole book is written through the eyes of Flint. Flint is a seventh grade boy who can’t see, so some of his peers have chosen to call him Squint. I loved that he doesn’t let that get to him, instead he uses the name as a comic book character in the comic book he’s drawing. Obviously, things are hard at school for Flint, he can’t see and the kids aren’t the nicest to him. One day he meets McKell. That meeting changes things for both of them.
McKell hasn’t lived very long in the same town as Flint. She has some challenges that have been given to her to be kind to others and to put herself out there a little bit. She chooses to use Flint to do that. I loved the way she chose to include him in the things she was doing. But my favorite part was that when things got hard for McKell, Flint was able to be there to help her. These two supported each other as they went through hard things. Isn’t that a perfect lesson for kids dealing with life in Junior High? And ultimately for all of us.
I loved everything about this one and I can’t wait to share it with my Junior High daughter!
With all the nastiness in the world today, it's refreshing to read a story that focuses on kindness, compassion, and friendship. Flint, isn't comfortable around people, mostly because he can't see them very well and it's hard to read people you can't see well. Plus, he's obsessed with the comic book he is creating to enter in a contest. When McKell, one of the popular crowd, sits with him at lunch one day, he isn't sure what to think. He wonders if it's a joke or if she's there to make fun of him like the rest of her friends do. But it turns out she's there as a result of a YouTube challenge issued by her brother. But neither Flint nor McKell is sure if they can trust the other, McKell hides her visits with Flint, and Flint doesn't know how to respond. But as the two continue to spend time together, they start to see the real in each other. And as difficulties come, their friendship may be the one thing that gets them through it. I'll admit, this one brought tears to my eyes. The struggles of the two main characters are touching, and their relationship struggles as their relationship develops led to feelings of empathy from me. The story feels real in the uncertainties and worries that Flint and McKell must face and in the strengths and weaknesses of all the characters. There is a refreshing amount of depth here that many contemporary stories lack.
SQUINT is a story about insecurities, the imperfections of life, the influence one person can have, and finding out who you are and letting others see it. It is a fantastic journey, full of heart and humor. Highly recommended to elementary through high school kids, and even adults!
This book was so very, very good! I loved Flint from the start. I have my own vision problems so I could somewhat relate with the frustration that comes from that. However, anyone could relate to the different social roles or hierarchy of middle school, with all the insecurities and trying to fit in. Then there was McKell. She was also a really good character. She was trying to fit in with the popular crowd who didn't always act as they should and figuring out if she could be accepted as herself. Then there's this whole other situation with her brother, his challenges, and how she develops a friendship with Flint. I loved, loved their friendship! I also loved the character development and some of the discoveries Flint makes about himself and those around him.
As I said, this story is full of humor and heart. It's also has some sadness. There are some tough things these characters work through. I went in with fairly high expectations. I expected it to be fun and sweet, with some depth (as their last book was). What I loved was that it well exceeded my expectations. This is a Middle Grade book... and it made me cry. It's well-written, with fabulous spot-on characters (they got middle school down perfectly), and a story that is full of so much heart. What's not to love?
In the end, was it what I wished for? This story seriously exceeded my expectations. A humorous, fun, emotional moving story! Highly recommeneded!
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
This was an incredible story. It had me captivated till the end. The timid relationship between Flint and McKell is amazing to see develop. How they both help to push one another in their own struggles, and help build and support one another is a powerful lesson that we could all use more of in our lives. I would recommend this book to any and everyone. Absolutely amazing.
I loved Mustaches for Maddie so I was very excited when I heard that the authors were releasing another book. Squint and Mustaches for Maddie have a similar feel, although I didn't connect as deeply with Squint. I think my connection may have been less because I'm not into comic books, so the parts where we read Squint's comic story didn't hold my attention as much as the rest of the story. That said, I still enjoyed the story and thought it had a great message.
My takeaway was that we don’t know what people are going through and a little kindness goes a long way. I loved Danny and his friend Yellow and the difference they made by Danny sharing his happy attitude. His challenges made people stretch outside of their comfort zones to help people and make a difference for someone.
I thought Squint’s situation with Gavin was quite eye-opening. Gavin didn’t recognize how his joking was hurtful, and Squint didn’t realize that his defense mechanism of not talking to Gavin was making him think that Squint didn’t like him. You don’t typically think about it from that side.
I loved when Squint's grandpa said, "Hard work is always something you should be proud of." So true. We might not get the results we hoped for, but that shouldn't diminish our effort.
Sometimes we’re blind to the sacrifices the people make for us (Squint’s grandparents, especially his grandma).
Parts of this book are pretty emotional and I couldn’t help but cry. This is a clean and inspirational read that I recommend.