Monday, November 15, 2010

Legally blind Huntsville girl meets her favorite author, Jeff Kinney of 'Wimpy Kid' fame, at BJCC

Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2:19 PM ??? Updated: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2:19 PM
Brooklyn West, a 10-year-old Huntsville girl, finally got to meet her favorite author today.
West, who is legally blind because of a congenital optic nerve disease, met Jeff Kinney before the author of the best selling "Wimpy Kid" book series addressed about 400 children and adults at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Convention Complex.

Kinney learned of Brooklyn's sight condition last year after reading in her hometown newspaper that she was most looking forward to reading her favorite "Wimpy Kid" book after she received vision-aiding equipment from Sight Savers America.

The Pelham-based non-profit organization donated a closed circuit television magnifier which enlarges objects up to 75 times.

Brooklyn described herself as nervous after meeting Kinney, but it wasn't noticeable because she commanded the conversation.

"Some books I read a few pages then say 'I don't understand this and put it down,'" Brooklyn said. "But 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' I keep reading. I don't put those books down. I love those books."

Kinney said, "It's very, very touching that Brooklyn would put in all that effort to read my books. But I'm so glad with the help of Sight Savers she's able to read them in a more normal sort of way."

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