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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
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Shadow Mountain
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Chad
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Five stars. But I cowrote it, so I'd better like it.
Fuzaila
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.
Ally
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reallly good book. Liked it a lot. And I’m talking about the book not the audio version which is specifically horrible. The main reason why I took so long to finish it.

The plot was what kept me going and wanted to finish throughout. I would certainly be reading more books of this author!
(5/5)!
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
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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
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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
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Mindy
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
Melinda
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.

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Ms. Yingling
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus, also available at Netgalley.com

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
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Kristy
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
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Darla
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing followup for the duo who brought us "Mustaches For Maddie." I thought this book was outstanding. The combination of Flint's story with his comic was a very effective way to communicate his dreams and disappointments. Loved, loved, loved his dog sidekick made from Rocks. What Squint, the superhero, and Flint both discover is that no one person is all bad or all good. With understanding and empathy, people can find common ground and encourage each other. Flint's grandparents were well-d ...more
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
Lana
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
Bookconfessions
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
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Shaye Miller
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. I’m surprised I’ve not heard more about this book. 13-year-old Flint has been nicknamed “Squint” due to a degenerative eye disease that keeps him from seeing clearly. He’s an artist who loves drawing and is feverishly working to finish his comic book for an upcoming competition. Accustomed to being rejected by the popular crow, Flint is surprised when a new girl named McKell strikes up a conversation and asks for Flint’s help with a project. Can he trust her not to abandon the friendship on ...more
Sydney
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.
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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.
Kim Bahr
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet story. Loved Danny’s Challenges and how something so simple can have such a huge impact!
Marianne Curtis
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
On the 2020-2021 Mark Twain nominee list (I think). Nice story about friendship, understanding and appreciating others for who they are.
Jacque
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and go help someone! A beautiful message in a fun book. I really enjoyed this book and we are now making our own Danny’s challenges at our house.
Meghan
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
Cynthia Egbert
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This is a priceless story that opens up the opportunity for critical discussions with young people. It should be a required read aloud for all families! If you want to address bullying, death, abandonment, all intense issues, this is a novel that will allow those discussions without being harsh or crass. I love the characters and the story and found that I couldn't put this one down until I had finished, even though I should have been sleeping!
Sharon
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!
Laurie
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
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Lesley
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
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Sheila
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
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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
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Heidi
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
C. D'Arc
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
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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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