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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  137 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 Yes, yes and yes! My 10 and 12 year- old daughters are reading it right now. They brush teeth, put on PJ's, say prayers, climb in bed and then read to…moreYes, yes and yes! My 10 and 12 year- old daughters are reading it right now. They brush teeth, put on PJ's, say prayers, climb in bed and then read to each other. They look forward to it each night. (less)

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This book has made it to the list of must-reads I'm creating for my possible future kids.

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Thanks to netgalley and the publishers for providing me a free copy in exchange of an honest review.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Five stars. But I cowrote it, so I'd better like it.
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
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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
It took me way too long to read this book! It was amazing.

Flint suffers from a rare eye disease and is losing his eyesight. He recedes inside himself and spends his time making a comic book about a hero named Squint, which is his nickname. The character roughly follows his own journey about dealing with disappointment, the loss of friends, and making friends. He spends every moment working on his comic that he knows will win him a prize and help him become a popular person at school.

While Flint
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 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
Mark Buxton
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My name is Flint, but most kids at school call me Squint because of my bad eyes. You see, I have a disease that makes my corneas really thin. I need to wear thick glasses, but nothing looks clear to me. Anyhow, I've been creating a superhero comic book even though I probably won't win the "Find a Comic Star" contest. I call the main character Squint, and he's leading a team to rescue the Empress. I usually work alone on the comic during lunch, but today a girl named McKell sat at my table. It tu ...more
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
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.

A. L. Sowards
I read this with my twins and we all really enjoyed it. It's a great story about friendship, overcoming challenges, and having empathy and understanding for others. The ending was happy, but realistic, and I liked that--life wasn't perfect, but the characters changed throughout the story and were better people at the end. 4+ stars.
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: middle-grade, 2018
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
Theresa Grissom
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd, 5th, 4th, 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
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.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one day--and it's rare I manage to do that anymore! I thought Squint was adorable and McKell was definitely a character I could root for. The writing is both light and easy, while dealing very masterfully with difficult topics. I would recommend this for a classroom read, coupled with discussions on kindness and how sometimes our biggest strengths come about because of our challenges.
Cooper Payne
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haven't even finished the book but am already rating it 5 stars. Unless it has a horrible ending or something that I don't like that will stay. Even if I absolutely HATE the ending the worst rating I'm giving it is 4 stars. LOVE this book so far, it's by the same authors who wrote the famous book Mustaches for Maddie, which I want to read. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
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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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