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Mark Twain 2020-2021 Nominee Book Reviews: Squint, by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

By Kim  |  KPL News

This post originally appeared on Facebook on April 11 and has been republished to the Kirkwood Public Library’s Feed a Reader Blog.

If you are in grades 4-6, you are eligible to vote on one of the nominated Mark Twain Award books for 2020-2021.  The Mark Twain Award is presented by the Missouri Association of School Librarians, and it serves as a way “to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives.” (source).  Today’s review is focused on the book, Squint, by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown.  Watch this book talk with Kim, and then read her review to learn more about the book!

Kim’s Book Review

If you liked Mustaches For Maddie then you will love Squint! This is a heartwarming story of a boy named Flint but because of a rare eye disease his nickname is “Squint”. Squint loves to create comics and is trying desperately to enter a comic book contest but his medical issues with his eye keep getting in his way. He befriends a new girl McKell who is going through some struggles of her own with a talent she keeps under wraps and a terminally ill brother. With the help of some challenges that McKell’s brother throws their way, Squint and McKell overcome their fears and develop a sweet friendship.

Kimberly Linenbroker is a Youth Services Librarian for the Kirkwood Public Library. She has been with the library since 2008. Some of her favorites things are books (of course!), coffee, music, the beach and spending time with her husband, kids and family dog. Some of her favorite authors are Kristin Hannah, Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsley, Jennifer Weiner, Kate Morton, Sarah Jio, Cecilia Ahern and Sarah Addison Allen to name a few!
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