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A Blind Guide to Normal

Published by Sky Pony
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Richie "Ryder" Raymond has a gift. He can find the punchline in any situation, even in his limited vision and prosthetic eye. During the past year at Addison School for the Blind, Ryder's quick wit earned the respect and friendship of his classmates. Heading to mainstream, or "normal" school for eighth grade is going to be awesome.

After all, what's not to like? At Addison, Ryder was everyone's favorite person. He could make anyone laugh, especially his best friend Alice. So long as he can be first to make all of the one-eyed jokes, Ryder is sure he'll fit in just as quick at Papuaville Middle School, home of the Fighting Guinea Pigs. But Alice warns him fitting in might not be as easy as he thinks.

Turns out, Alice was right. In just the first hour of "normal" school, Ryder is attacked by General MacCathur II (aka, Gramps's cat), causes his bio teacher to pass out cold, makes an enemy out town hero Max, and falls for Jocelyn, the fierce girl next door who happens to be Max's girlfriend. On top of that, Ryder struggles to hold onto his dignity in the face of students' pity and Gramps's non-stop practical jokes.

Ryder quickly sees the only thing worse than explaining a joke is being the punchline. But with help from his stuck-in-the-70s Gramps and encouragement from Alice, Ryder finds the strength to not only fight back, but to make peace.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Photograph by 179 Pictures

Beth Vrabel is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, such as To Tell You the TruthCaleb and Kit, the Pack of Dorks series, and The Newspaper Club series. She lives in New England with her family and dreams of someday running a coastal Maine bed-and-breakfast (ignoring the fact that she cannot cook and isn’t a great hostess). Other lies Beth tells herself include that she can clap to a beat, can resist eating an entire jar of Nutella, and is not obsessed with her backyard chickens. But Ruth Bader Chicksburg knows better. Visit her at BethVrabel.com.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

"Once in a great while I read a book and want to immediately email the author to thank them for writing it. A Blind Guide to Normal is one of those books. It's filled with kindness, friendship, and hope. Lots of hope. Just beautiful." —Kerry O'Malley Cerra, author of Just a Drop of Water

"A Blind Guide to Normal treats difficult subjects with grace and compassion, plus a delightful sense of the absurd. With his unique voice and a memorable predicament, Richie Ryder represents the underdog in us all." —Melissa Hart, author of Avenging the Owl

Praise for A Blind Guide to Stinkville:

“Vrabel (Pack of Dorks) presents a rare glimpse of what it is like to navigate new territory while legally blind.” —Publishers Weekly

A Junior Library Guild selection.

"Once in a great while I read a book and want to immediately email the author to thank them for writing it. A Blind Guide to Normal is one of those books. It's filled with kindness, friendship, and hope. Lots of hope. Just beautiful." —Kerry O'Malley Cerra, author of Just a Drop of Water

"A Blind Guide to Normal treats difficult subjects with grace and compassion, plus a delightful sense of the absurd. With his unique voice and a memorable predicament, Richie Ryder represents the underdog in us all." —Melissa Hart, author of Avenging the Owl

Praise for A Blind Guide to Stinkville:

“Vrabel (Pack of Dorks) presents a rare glimpse of what it is like to navigate new territory while legally blind.” —Publishers Weekly

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