There’s a lot going on in this excellent middle grade choice. Alice is struggling with many things in her life: albinism, blindness, a new home, a here-but-not-really mother, plus all the really lousy parts of being a teen.
The author’s use of the library as a town center and a writing contest as a plot device both work well. As Alice begin researching people, places and event for her contest entry the reader gets to know all the quirky characters in the community.
Source: ARC from publisher
Audience: Middle school