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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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 “Fi
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Shadow Mountain
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Lisa It's the perfect book for that age group! The main character is a middle-schooler. But truthfully, I read it, my parents read it, my kids read it and…moreIt's the perfect book for that age group! The main character is a middle-schooler. But truthfully, I read it, my parents read it, my kids read it and we all LOVED it.
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This book has made it to the list of must-reads I'm creating for my possible future kids.

Full review to come

Thanks to netgalley and the publishers for providing me a free copy in exchange of an honest review.
Noha Badawi
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Parents
This was a very inspiring read!
Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for the advance copy

This book goes up on my possible-to-read list for my kids in the future. They need such a story to ground them. I’m a big fan of middle grade and I found this book to be exceptionally intriguing, easy to read, simple to understand and very much relatable.

From the very first words I was hooked to the story. I loved how the characters were immediately believable and realistic. Flint‘s character – as young as he
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Five stars. But I cowrote it, so I'd better like it.
Emily Zorea
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I do not often give a book five stars, but I did for "Squint". First impressions: the cover is current, eye catching, and reflective of the story. I am a children's librarian, and I have noticed that middle school kids do not want to pick up books if they don't think the cover is cool enough, as in, "I don't want people to see me reading that book" if the cover is not up their standards. No worries with this cover, so we were off to a great start from the beginning.

Second impressions: The story
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Squint is another hit for this talented husband and wife author duo. I loved it! These authors really know how to tug at your heart strings, all while having you think, laugh, and smile at the same time. I loved how this book wasn't just Flint's story, but McKell's, Danny's, Grandma's, Grandpa's journey too. I appreciated and loved the lessons learned along the way. A great one was when Flint realized things about himself that he needed to change. No doubt he had been through some hard things wi ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I often struggle to enjoy novels with under age characters that have the characters partaking in the most adult of activities because it makes me uncomfortable so I was a little apprehensive about this middle school character. But I am so so pleased I gave Flint a chance because I loved this book so much! I love how flawed Flint was and his constant narrative about his visual impairments impact. I loved the overall message of this book and the plot twist towards the end, I was crying for sure.

Ms. Yingling
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Flint, who is very interested in drawing comic books, is now usually called "Squint" by his classmates because he is suffering from a degenerative eye disease the affects his corneas and gives him very poor vision. His classmates, who used to be friendly, now bully him. When McKell suddenly starts talking to him, he is wary that her motives are also devious, but she is friendly and invites him on a hike. She is kind, and Flint soon finds
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flint is in middle school and doesn’t have the easiest of life, for starters he has problems with his eyes so he can hardly see. Thats 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 get ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: would-recommend
This is another book in the middle grade "Wonder" genre. I think it may be better than Wonder, because it feels more realistic. One of my beefs with Wonder is that a happy ending isn't realistic. I also don't like the idea that Auggie is all good because he suffers from a facial deformity, and that Julian is all bad because he bullies Auggie. No one is completely good or completely bad. Squint does a good job of pointing that out.

Squint tells a comic book story alongside the main story, and I re
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful and had all the feels. It made me laugh and cry and smile the whole way through. The voice was spot on. The characters were adorable! I've never been a hormonal middle school boy, but being in Flint's head through this book, I imagine that's exactly how they are, it was fantastic.

Having Flint recite rules for middle school and rules for comic books, was an ingenious plot point. Not only were they entertaining, but they set the stage for us to see that sometimes, rules ar
Squint is a beautiful, powerful, and inspiring story of two friends, their struggles, fear of being judged, and learning to lean on and trust one another. Chad Morris and Shelley Brown have come together and created a realistic fiction and contemporary story focused on family and friendship that readers will immediately fall in love with. From the delightful and beloved believable characters, to the sweet and charming story of true friendship, readers will come to see what in life matters most.

May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and this reminded me a lot of Perks of Being a Wallflower totally with the relationship Flint (Squint) and McKell have with one another. I love young adult stories that expresses hidden talents within us. With the adaptive social awkwardness these two characters have combined with their talents and interests made this story relate able automatically. Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers should read this book at some point because there are some st ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It is as amazing as I’ve come to expect from the Morris duo. It feels part graphic novel, a bit of a Kwame Alexander prose flavor thrown in, big part Brown/Morris charm, and ALL genius. There’s heartache, happiness, and humor- friendship and human frailties, and super heroes in unexpected characters. What more could you ask for in a story??! Older elementary ages and up, will be fans of this new, unique story. So glad it will be out in time for Christmas gifts!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do you think you would feel if your favorite thing in the world is to draw comics but you have an eye disease that was causing you to go blind? Flint, or aka Squint as the bullies call him, used to play football and used to have a best friend. Now that he is losing his sight and has to wear big, thick glasses, he cannot play sports, and his best friend is no longer his best friend. The only thing he has is his comics, and he is very good at drawing. He wants to enter his comic into a contest ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, middle-grade
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 r
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was written for the Middle Grade crowd, ages 8-13, but it's truly for people of all ages. I felt it spoke to me in so many ways. Even though I'm no longer in Middle School, I still looked back to myself at that age and my experiences. Chad Morris and Shelly Brown capture this age group perfectly in how they think and act.
Flint a.k.a. Squint, has an eye disease that is basically running and ruining his life. All he cares about is his comic that he is drawing. Life hasn't been good to
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“So hit me with your best challenge for spreading kindness…. A challenge that helps people relate to people…. Share a little piece of yourself, like I did, and let us get to know and love you.” (238) These final words from Danny, a boy who suffered and died from progeria, guide Flint and McKell in their search for acceptance and belief in themselves.

Flint, nicknamed Squint because he has an eye disease that compromises his eyesight, has two goals: to win a comic book contest and make friends in
Jessica Bronder
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flint is in middle school and trying to hurry to finish his comic book. He dreams of winning “Find a Comic Star” before he goes blind from keratoconus. Sadly middle school is tough enough without being bullied for going blind.

Then there is McKell, she is the new girl at school. She fits in with the popular kids but is interested in Flint. But she is hesitant to get to know him because she doesn’t want to be bullied to. But McKell has a secret of her own, she has a passion for poetry and songwri
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 hi ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish there were more books like this.
Even as an adult, I love reading the Middle Readers, because of the imagination and humor.  But too few Middle Reader books deal with REAL problems. Even if your kid has a "perfect" family and life, books like "Squint" and "Mustaches for Maddie" can help your kid understand the struggles others go through.
"Squint" doesn't just deal with bullying (with an eye-opening perspective) and making friends, but also the real-life situations of kids raised by their g
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will start with the caveat that this is a 3-star book as an adult, but I think the message is important enough for the Middle Grades audience to bump it up to that 4th star.

The book has an amazing message about empathy that I think makes this book a good class read. One of the most interesting things to learn as a teacher is that empathy is a learned skill, not an inherent one, and we don't live in a society that values it nearly enough. This book really spotlights the need to realize everyon
Kirsti Call
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story was compelling, well written, and moving. Squint is a flawed yet lovable character who has had his fair share of hard knocks. I love how the story is told from his POV and how his comic book stories mirror his experiences. The way he talks about rules of comics or rules of grandparents or rule of middle school is engaging and funny.

I love how Squint lives with Grandparents who have sacrificed and raised him and taught h
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book because of the cover and catchy title and once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I read it in just a few hours. This book touches on so many areas related to many middle school children today: sickness, loss, fear, bullying, friendship and perseverance. The most unique part of the book was how Flint aka Squint wrote a comic book throughout the story, which reflected his own personal desires and heartaches and his special friendship with McKell. Although the two came ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book about a boy named Flint who has an eye condition that makes him squint, so they call him Squint. He loves to draw comics and comes up with great stories about superheroes and has villains who match up with people who were his friends before his eye condition began. He goes through a lot in this short book. Well written and entertaining while still spreading awareness of this disease as well as reminding everyone to be aware of people who need someone to care about them.
Theresa Grissom
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd, 4th, 5th, middle-grade
Thanks to Edelweiss Plus for an ARC of this book.

I didn't plan on this being a one day read, let alone a one-sitting read but that is what ended up happening. Boy did I love this book! Great story... I truly couldn't wait to see how it would play out. Loved the characters. There is so much to take away from this book. I believe this would make a fantastic read aloud to upper elementary or middle school classes. Looking forward to grabbing a few copies once the book is published and sharing with
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathryn Veil
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It made me laugh and cry. I felt connected to the characters in a way that doesn't happen often. The characters are believable and realistic.
I have a teenager with one more child quickly getting there, and I like that this book talks subtly about things kids deal with. Kids go through difficult things and I feel like Squint gives them a way to handle them. Not belittling or making light of their problems, but acknowledging and giving their difficulties credence.
I highly recomm
Michelle Stimpson
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: local-authors
You can't help but cheer for Flint.

I thought the authors might have trouble following up after "Mustaches for Maddie," but "Squint" is every bit as well done.

I laughed. I cried. I'm making my kids read it. (They want to. How could they not? Look at that cover.)
Jennifer Hill
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flint is a thirteen year old boy who is losing his sight. Kids at school call him Squint and he really doesn't have any friends. He loves to draw comics and is planning on entering a comic contest in a little over a month. Not only is he losing his sight, but his dad left before he was born and his mom is not good at being a mom so her parents are raising him.

McKell is a newish girl at school and she slowly begins to befriend Flint, but then her brother dies, Flint gets a new cornea and things
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was honestly very surprised by this book. Happily surprised. I thought it was going to be much different. I thought the protagonist, being a young boy who struggles to fit in, would hide away in his own imagination and there is where most of the conflict would be. However, I think it was a very real portrayal of what young people go through in school and with their friends. It was a really easy read because of how quickly I connected to the characters and their struggles. The characters were a ...more
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Chad Morris coauthored Mustaches for Maddie with his wife, Shelly Brown. It is based on the story of their daughter who faced a brain tumor with humor and optimism. He is also the author of the Cragbridge Hall series (The Inventor's Secret, The Avatar Battle, and The Impossible Race). Books in this series won the Utah Book award and the Silver Foreword INDIES award for Juvenile fiction. Chad also ...more
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