"B" is for Baylee

Children - Preteen
218 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2021
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Kay M. Bates and her husband reside in Washington State, along with their cat, Kitters. Bates once experienced severe vision impairment for several months due to a rare complication after eye surgery. This unusual experience opened the door to something she had not tried in many years: writing.

Now with full sight, Kay enjoys cooking, reading, snowboarding, going on nature walks, and playing musical instruments.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Baylee is a typical middle schooler until an accident happens during a softball game that leaves her legally blind. “B” is for Baylee by Kay M. Bates shares Baylee’s story from that moment on. Baylee has a loving and supportive family that helps her navigate the tricky line between dependence and independence. Back in middle school, Baylee now must learn how to read Braille and take notes with the help of a computer. She also must deal with the loss of some friends and learning to trust new ones. Softball is no longer an option for her, but her history teacher suggests that maybe she could try out for the track team. With her brother Sam’s help, she learns how to run the hurdles. Will she be able to truly compete?

“B” is for Baylee is a captivating read. Kay M. Bates has done an amazing job detailing the frustrations and challenges that people who are blind must deal with. Baylee’s wide range of emotions from hopefulness to frustration seems completely authentic. Kids will be impressed with Baylee’s resilience and her bravery in being willing to try a new sport with her limited vision. Equally as impressive is her willingness to listen to advice and to forgive. I was totally immersed in this book and couldn’t wait to find out what happens to Baylee. “B” is for Baylee is a book that middle schoolers will enjoy. Hopefully, they will also gain some empathy for their fellow students along the way.