Two loners working on a research project about wolves use what they learn to form their own pack with other residents of Dorkdom and find that, together, they can face down frenemies and bullies
"Debut author Vrabel takes three knotty, seemingly disparate problems—bullying, the plight of wolves and coping with disability—and with tact and grace knits them into an engrossing whole of despair and redemption."
"Lucy's growth and smart, funny observations entertain and empower in Vrabel's debut ..."
"Pack of Dorks nails the pitfalls of popularity and celebrates the quirks in all of us! An empowering tale of true friendships, family ties, and social challenges, you won't want to stop reading about Lucy and her pack... a heartwarming story to which everyone can relate." —Elizabeth Atkinson, author of I, Emma Freke
"Beth Vrabel's humorous debut, Pack of Dorks, takes a fresh look at what it means to embrace what makes you and the ones you love different. While Lucy navigated the social hierarchy of intermediate school, I found myself alternating between laughing with her and cringing on her behalf. The novel is a must read for anyone trying to survive fourth grade or anyone who remembers what it was like. Pack of Dorks is the pack I want to join." —Amanda Flower, author of Agatha Award nominee Andi Unexpected
“Beth Vrabel’s stellar writing captivates readers from the start as she weaves a powerful story of friendship and hardship. Vrabel’s debut novel speaks to those struggling for acceptance and inspires them to look within themselves for the strength and courage to battle real-life issues.” —Buffy Andrews, author of The Lion Awakens and Freaky Frank
"This realistic story draws readers into Lucy’s struggle to untangle the messy social-hierarchy of school, all while adjusting to a new home front that includes a special needs, baby sister. The first person narration delicately illustrates Lucy’s innocence, strength, and uncertainty in a tale that encourages hope, as well as acceptance. Beth Vrabel weaves an authentic, emotional journey that makes her a standout among debut authors." —Kerry O'Malley Cerra, author of Just a Drop of Water
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Life in Stinkville stinks. After moving to the small paper mill town, Alice seems different--disabled even--for the first time. She vows to prove to her struggling family and her new town that she's strong and capable, despite (maybe even because of) of albinism and blindness. The more Alice confronts her blindness, the more everyone else seems to see her for the first time.
"Disorientation encompasses not only place and attitude, but also the rarely explored ambivalence of being disabled on a spectrum. Alice's insistence that she's "not that blind" rings true with both stubbornness and confusion as she avails herself of some tools while not needing others, in contrast to typically unambiguous portrayals."
-- From Kirkus Reviews
"I know that when my children read Stinkville, they will accept the characters and their idiosyncrasies without batting an eyelash. They will understand that differences are No Big Deal. And maybe they’ll realize that all the things they’ve been practically fainting about in their real lives are also No Big Deal, because, hey, Alice got through much more challenging circumstances with far less indignity."
-- Calliope, Random Book Muses
“Brimming with wit and heart, A Blind Guide to Stinkville examines the myriad ways we define difference between ourselves and others and asks us to reexamine how we see belonging.”
"A Blind Guide to Stinkville is a delightfully unexpected story with humor and heart. Vrabel tackles some tough issues, including albinism, depression, and loneliness, with a compassionate perspective and a charming voice."
A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE releases Oct. 7! Find out more and how to preorder here!
About Beth Vrabel
Beth Vrabel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She won a short-story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. Although her other plans--becoming a wolf biologist, a Yellowstone National Park ranger, and a professional roller skater--didn't come to fruition, she stuck with the writing. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, she moved through the ranks of a local newspaper to become editor of two regional magazines and a lifestyle columnist. Beth now lives in Connecticut with her wonderful husband, two charming children, a spoiled rotten puppy, and two fat guinea pigs, Winn-Dixie and Pippin.
Her books include PACK OF DORKS and A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE (releasing October by Sky Pony Press). Look for CAMP DORK in March 2016!